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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Come, Holy Ghost, Enkindle in Us the Fire of Thy Love

I expect, since Pentecost is a big holyday, at the "silent" Mass tomorrow we will nonetheless be asked to sing.
What we will be asked to sing is Come Ho  America the Beautiful.
'Cause, um... Memorial Day.

Perhaps it's just as well.
SCHOOL children at a religious camp ... from schools in the town of Gryfice in north-western Poland had gone to the camp for a three-day trip for what was billed as a way of helping “young people explore God and devote themselves to spiritual renewal through prayer.”
But when they got there, they found priest Tomas Wieczorek, 37, was more interested in exorcising their demons and replacing them with God.
“On the first day he took a few of the children on stage and placed his hand on their foreheads one by one and started repeating ‘Holy Spirit, Come. Holy Spirit, Come.’
“Some of the children fainted while others started crying.”
Other children the priest had touched began screaming while others burst out into fits of laughter. 
One of the students said: “It was really scary, almost like a mental asylum. 
“Some of them were writhing on the floor, others were laughing hysterically and others were screaming and crying. ...The next day we didn’t turn up because we were scared about what would happen.” School psychologist...said: “Children are not emotionally mature enough to experience prayer during which the Holy Spirit may enter them.
No, heaven forbid...
Stop it, G, that's a translation, what she said may have been nuanced enough to actually make sense, and to still contain the truth of Catholic teaching.

But speaking of making sense, what do you want to bet, providing the story is more or less true, (but it's on the Interwebs!) that this man was NOT authorized to perform exorcisms by his bishop?

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