Just haven't had the motivation or drive to do bigger posts on this blog for a while now. Might re-visit one I started on a week off I had, but not sure if I will.
In the meantime, Fr. Z lays this nugget in this post about the stupid post-Vatican II changes to Holy Days of Obligation. Post is here:
"Paul VI blew it when he changed the obligations for doing penance and abstaining on Fridays. Sorry, that was a bad move. Does anyone do penance now? FAIL. Our bishops blew it big time by intermittently repressing Holy Days of Obligation. Now people don’t go to Mass when the obligation is not repressed. They got the message: going to Mass isn’t very important after all. FAIL. Shortening the Eucharistic Fast to an hour before Communion? Another brilliant outcome, do you think? Do people now pay attention to fasting at all? Do they have a sense of participation in the Eucharist as involving sacrifice? We creatures of body and soul need preparation that is both physical and spiritual, fasting and being in the state of grace. Is there any concept of mortification as salutary among the people of God? Do lots of people really give deep consideration to what they do when receiving Communion?