Holding hands during the Our Father?

This is going to be fairly a controversial topic, so fasten your seatbelts. I know this isn’t everyone’s opinion, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and research about it and feel strongly enough to finally step out of the shadows to speak my mind.

I don’t think we should hold hands during the Our Father. If you try to hold my hand, I won’t take yours. It doesn’t feel right to me (similarly to clapping in Mass for anything other than celebrating reception of a Sacrament). That is a time for me to be praying to God and I want to focus on my devotion to Him rather than holding someone’s hand and it becoming a distraction. My view is that it is not “proper posture” for Mass. Proper posture for the recitation of the Our Father in Mass is to fold your hands in front of you. Not to hold hands with your neighbor. Nor to hold out your hands like the priest, which is called the “orans” posture (unless the country has allowed this — more on this a couple paragraphs down).

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Lake of beer in Heaven?

I was out with a couple friends last night at an Irish pub here in Atlanta. They had this menu sitting on the table (pictured below) that said “In Heaven there is no beer.” I couldn’t help but think of St. Brigid, her visions and this blog post I wrote in August 2010. If you’re not familiar with St. Brigid, let me give you some background information.

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Part 1: In defense of Michelob Ultra

For those who follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed an argument recently about craft beers vs. light / domestic beers. I mentioned it in Friday’s post about crossover beers and since then, the debate has raged on with text messages, photos and other forms of social media. It’s been a lot of fun!

Alison Griswold (@alisongriz) wrote a post last week about Team Catholic. She decided, after many efforts to express her thoughts in 140 characters, to write a  blog post: In defense of Michelob Ultra. So today, I bring you part one of this argument. I will be posting part two tomorrow where we will discuss why I disagree with many of Alison’s arguments and believe in craft beer. (I was the Opinion page editor for three years for The Observer at Notre Dame while in college. Can you tell?)

So for your reading pleasure … and be sure to let us know in the comments what you think!

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