Gestures are Important

09-25-2016Fr. Michael Straley


Many of you may remember last summer at the Olympics that there was a controversy because a medalist did not put their hand over their heart during our national anthem. Right now there is anger because some athletes do not want to stand during our national anthem. My friends, you can see that symbols are very important; gestures are important, too.  

During Mass it is sad to see some people ignoring the gestures of the community. Some do not bother to strike their breast during the penitential rite. Some do not bow during the creed when we say Jesus "became flesh", and most do not genuflect at Christmas and on Good Friday at the appropriate time during the creed. Many people do not bow their heads before receiving holy communion.