Jimmy Mac sent me a link to this review of a review of MR3. With all the fuss about “proper” and “accurate” and “authentic” language, maybe it’s time to retire a few odious terms that are still stinking up the place. Brother Daniel starts me thinking:
Some of the problems are basic like the narrator’s frequent use of the phrase “say the mass,” when one does not “say” the mass, but prays the mass. That isn’t just a some insignificant distinction or nit-picking, but reflects an operative sacramental theology and theology of the eucharist, ministry and church.
This is good.
I’ll retire “you,” and replace it with “spirit.” But it turn, I’d like to see two expressions excised from Conservative Catholic vocabulary for suspect theology and spiritual practice:
say the Mass
assist at Mass
I think even my musical foils at CMAA would agree that the first phrase is akin to passing gas at a floral show. Even aside from the ideal sung Mass, that phrase conjures up the old notion that all one has to do is pronounce the words and grace happens. Clerical pelagianism and overtones of magic we do not need. Something more is needed.
And say, while we’re at it, let’s excise “assist” too. Wayne Gretzky was the master of assisting. The proper term is “participate.” We participate in Christ’s worship of the Father. On one level, to suggest we help the Mass along in any way by helping “father” is another kind of subtle but smarmy pelagianism.