Pediatric or horticultural metaphor, take your pick.
A snapshot of the Catholic Church, and Her numbers.
One might say, the Body is still alive and kicking, (for She cannot die,) but in a kind of "famine mode," as so many of us ignore our nutritional source and summit...
Incidentally, last week I heard the "Alleluia" thrice at Mass.
Three times, (3 different priests,) seems like more than coincidence - is that a Florida thing?
an Irish ex-pat thing?