It was simple enough: women met and we prayed at Eucharistic Adoration, during which Confessions were heard by Fr. John Orr. At one point, another woman led us in short prayer. Fr. Orr then led all of in a meditation before the True Presence. More personal meditation, and Confessions continued. A member offered a short talk over at the side of the church, so as not to disturb those who wished to remain in personal prayer, on the sanctification of work and the teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva on the topic. We then re-gathered for Benediction. At both the beginning and at the end, our music was our own voices, chanting the words of Pange Lingua.
|A picture of the Latin Mass at Holy Ghost I found. They have it every Sunday at 1:30 pm. I will treat myself and go this weekend.|
I could not help but be reminded of a meeting of Magnificat in Orange County that a woman, a nurse named Rita Ray, had asked me to attend because she thought there was something odd about it and the woman who ran it, Kathleen Beckman. Now, the night I attended, Ms. Beckman was not present, to be fair - but I did not feel comfortable during the prayer group. I don't like canned music from a boom box but what made me agitated was when the group leader started and at one point, during a lull in the music, it appeared to be a cue for most of those around me to break into tongues. And again a couple of times during the evening. Not one or two people, but pretty much everyone and at the same time. And afterwards, several women shared the "visions" they had received, while also "confirming" each other's visions (the attendees were both genders and I still chuckle when I think of the lone man who stood up that night, shared his vision . . . and no one "confirmed" it, and how dejected he seemed when he sat down).
Now, the Holy Spirit can certainly work to bring about the charism of tongues when He chooses, and perhaps He chose to have it coordinated that night. I don't know. But putting that aside, what struck me most in comparing the Opus Dei Recollection to Magnificat was the "direction," if you will - the members of Magnificat seemed eager to share the "messages" that God had sent them, while the members of Opus Dei seem to empty themselves and give all to God.
It seemed to me to be the difference between "What have You got for me, Lord?" and "I give my all to You, Lord."
Now, I suspect there are many who would tell me, "Oh, but Magnificat is so wonderful!" That's great - if it brings you closer to God, that is wonderful. Everyone has to find their own way.
If you are in the Knoxville area, come to Holy Ghost on the 2nd Monday of the month. Afterwards, we regroup in the basement of the church for snacks (a small collection is taken as a gift to Fr. Orr for taking the time to prepare and lead us). It is a lovely retreat for two hours, from 7 to 9, and has the added benefit of being able to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Oh, and guys - yours is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, same time and place.