The spirituality of serving at the altar

An interesting film which reveals the spirituality behind the duties of altar servers., which are not just some tasks which need doing. Like so many elements of our Catholic life, it is based in a well-developed spirituality, and in turn, feeds that spirituality on a  very personal level.

This is one of the beautiful things about our faith: holiness is achievable by simply doing it. Physical actions, like the speaker in the film says, can help us achieve an inner disposition on the road to personal holiness.

We live in an age where people appreciate spirituality, the transcending elements that we can strive for. Often, this appreciation is manifested in the popularity of self-help books, paranormal events and elements of the eastern religions. Our own Catholic faith also has spirituality on offer, a spirituality which is mature, deep and continuously challenging, but which is attainable for all of us if we would just devote some time and effort to it.

HT to Fr. Dwight Longenecker.

What a priest does in his free time

A photo from the day for all altar servers in the Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden, organised on the 28th of May, showing Father Peter Wellen enjoying a slide down one of the attractions in the theme park where the day was held. Some 400 children attended the day, which included a Mass celebrated by Bishop de Korte, a lunch and ample time to play in the park. The priests present evidently joined in in the latter as well.