Junior Ganymede
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The Spirit and Walter Mitty

October 30th, 2017 by G.

We daydreamers spend our time imagining everything from vast empires to snappy little pieces of dialogue. The only common theme is the heroic narrative, usually with ourselves in the role of hero.

We daydreamers sometimes get inspiration through our daydreams. Not that our cloudland heroic narratives are inspired, but that the Spirit blends itself into our thoughts and for some of us daydreams are what we are thinking.

On Sunday my daughter took a sacrament cup from the tray and promptly jerked it right onto her dress. While she was taking another, I daydreamed a Catholic friend, shocked, hissing “You spill Christ’s blood?” And me instantly responding, with Walter Mitty hardbitten worldweariness–but still inspired, still true!– “We’ll all spill His blood worse than that before the day is through.”

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October 30th, 2017 05:58:01

Babe Ruth
October 30, 2017

Next time, you ought to point at the part of the wall you’ll be hitting the ball over.

October 30, 2017

Spilling the blood happens sometimes, it’s not a big deal. A real profanation would be spitting it out or selling it on Ebay. That would get people upset. Of course, we do care enough about spillage that we don’t let kids serve themselves. : )

October 30, 2017

It wasn’t my impression that you let anyone serve themselves, but maybe I’m way, way behind on Vatican II.

Andrew Craig
November 1, 2017

Post Vatican II *feels* much more Protestant to me, most modern Catholic churches I’ve been to have people walking up to a lay person (“extraordinary minister”) instead of a Priest who hands the body to you. You then serve yourself by putting it in your mouth. I’ve seen some people return to the pews with it. Unfortunately this can tend to diminish Catholic theology “this really is the body and blood of God” and also makes possible occasional abuses like sticking God in your pocket.

Traditionally you’d receive the host directly on your tongue, while kneeling, directly from a Priest or deacon (someone whose hands have been specially reserved for consecration and God), and then quietly return to your pew to pray on your special physical and spiritual union with God. There is also generally lots of incense and chanting in Latin prior, which certainly helps the sense of supernatural/otherworldly.

November 1, 2017

You say “Protestant” like it’s a bad thing. : )

November 1, 2017

Ag: I would imagine your square-jawed pipe-smoking monk thought so. 🙂

I so want to meet them some day and get their story of that photo.

November 1, 2017


I imagine they were just taking it easy on a Sunday afternoon. What makes you think it must be more interesting than that?

November 2, 2017

I read something once that cited this scripture as evidence that the Lord sometimes gives revelation through our daydreams/imagination: “and he shall mount up in the imagination of his thoughts as upon eagles’ wings.” (Doctrine and Covenants 124:99). I like it.

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