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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1169662/Fight-Mel-Gibsons-fortune-After-actors-frolic-brunette-wife-28-years-calls-lawyers.html

This is sad news, especially in light of how Mel Gibson had become a little bit of a folk hero to Christians of all stripes– but this is especially tough news in light of Catholic teaching regarding divorce. Now, Mel did not file–and his wife is Episcopalian (as I understand) – which is a bit of an ironic twist- but it seems that he’s not taking his marriage too seriously if these news reports are true. Lets hope for a reconcilliation.

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Today I heard a comment by an individual jokingly state something to the extent of “getting revenge for her Catholic upbringing” — I have little doubt that this, probably 55 year old person really has left the Catholic upbringing in the dust; but it reminded me of another comment by a Catholic reared in the 70’s who described himself as a recovering Catholic. I can think of other similar instances. Personally, I wish I had a more Catholic upbringing, and that makes me wonder— WHY OR WHAT led so many who grew up in the faith to set it aside and harbor such bad thoughts?  Some of these folks still claim their Catholic identity, and some have moved on to “other things”. I know some would blame Vatican II for this; but some of this happened before Vatican II was over— so there was a problem for the Baby Boomers and “Generation X”. I don’t have an answer, I just see the wreckage—  BUT WHAT WAS SO BAD that people make such harsh comments about growing up Catholic?

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It seems to me that receiving communion standing and in the hand has been a bad thing. Being that we are both body and soul, it seems that our bodily posture would impact our overall disposition as it relates to the Eucharist (Christ himself of course). Imagine kneeling before the Almighty as He comes in the form of bread and wine—and receiving him on your tongue–not touching him with our hands — acknowledging in a physical sense our awe and devotion and unworthiness to receive Christ. On the other hand (literally) there is receiving standing up in a line, putting your hands out and popping it in your mouth–then moving on. Certainly, you can stir yourself to devotion on a spiritual plain– but isn’t it easier to do that when body and soul are aligned? I’ve never in my life received the Eucharist kneeling—but I wish I could do so. We can see how Catholics (at least in America) in general have lost a sense of what the Eucharist is all about–I can’t help but think that if we went back to the more traditional form of receiving Communion, that it might help stem this problem.

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