April 11, 2005

Peace Be With You

I happened to go to a Catholic church service this weekend, because it was Miguel's son's first communion, and I came away with a couple of realizations, some that aren't worth sharing (these people do the stand up-sit down thing a lot), and some that are.

There's a part in the service, and I get the impression that it's part of the regular service, not a special add-on just for this day, where everyone shakes hands with the people around them and says, "Peace Be With You". Now I know that it's just a script, and most of the people have done it so many times that it probably doesn't mean anything to them, but to me, as an outsider, it was impressive.

There aren't many times in a life where a stranger will shake your hand and wish you peace, just because you're there. It's refreshing, and I think it's great. We need more of this, and we need to have it outside of the religious trappings, because there are a lot of people that are so put off by the whole religious thing, that they're never going to get this.

Part of the problem though, is that most people woundn't pause long enough for you to with them well, and they'd likely think that you were selling something (either magazine subscriptions, or your religion), or that you're just looney. So, how to approach this without getting the "what's that crazy man doing" stare? I'm not sure, but I suppose I could just give it a shot.

Peace be with you.


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