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At Mass this morning, during the penitential rite, the good priest told us that, as we recall our sins, we should still remember that “we are all worthy” of participating in the eternal banquet.

Really, now.

Last I recall, I am a wretched sinner with no hope of ever being worthy of anything good, much less the greatest Gift God has given us. Especially considering the facts that I am not metaphysically equal to God, and therefore anything He shares with me of Himself me is far beyond my own worth. As a matter of fact, nothing I am has worth except in and through Him.

Which brings me to the point. Sure, one can say that we are made worthy through Jesus Christ, otherwise we would be eating and drinking condemnation to ourselves at every Eucharist without hope of salvation. However, that’s different from saying that we just “are worthy”. That unqualified phrase means, to normal people, that we “are worthy” in and of ourselves without grace of God to be so.

It’s no wonder that people are so confused about what they should be doing to prepare themselves for communion. Heck, if I’m worthy already, without God’s help, why should I go to confession, or pray, or try to do anything coherent in life? I don’t need to align my will to God’s, He’s no longer necessary. Because, since I’m worthy by my own virtue, is it not I “Who Am”?

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Beth had the fine privilege of overhearing and then taking part in a conversation about the differences between Catholics and Protestants. There were three teenage Protestants and one uninformed teenage Catholic.

Before Beth joined, the essential conclusion was that the main difference is that Catholics worship Mary. She, of course, set them straight by stating the fact that some Catholics may take hyperdulia to a maryolatric extreme, but the reality is that Catholics, as we all know, worship God alone.

When she told me about this, in my consternation I wondered, “Where in the world did they come up with this idea?”. Seriously! In this day of evidence and book knowledge, the idea that educated people (even teenagers) are so easily duped by stale old lies is absurd. And, since all of the girls (who were from very different backgrounds) agreed on the conclusion and were familiar with that myth, it is obviously a myth that is continually perpetuated by an ignorant populace.

Maybe Catholics should start perpetuating the Myth that Protestants worship Martin Luther, or King Henry the Eighth, or (your favorite revolt-leader’s name here), since they were all of sufficient divine ability to found churches in opposition to the one founded by Jesus Christ. Except, the problem is that I’m Catholic, and every Catholic knows that he must strive to attain the truth in every circumstance. And I know that Protestants don’t these people, just that some folks were misled for various reasons. So I’m not going to make a lie out of spite.

But I guess I can’t expect the same thing from people who thrive on untruths, or at least on not finding the truth.

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