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joy and happiness because the people of God will be reassembled once more. There will be no sickness or suffering at this time. Further, the Church even now is the family of God which is bringing all people together, healing the split in mankind. One of the ways the Kingdom is advancing is through the conquering of sickness. Nearly all the orations of these days pray for a conquering of evil and a defeat of the enemy. They ask God to look at the people's sinfulness and fasting. In the light of the fasting God is asked to save his people. These are wonderful themes for all those who are sick. God looks at their suffering and sickness just as he looks at others fasting. There is a problem with the number of readings in these Masses. Ordinarily the added reading would be good. But in this situation the Mass should be as brief as possible so as to avoid weakening those present and making the atmosphere too charged with a revivalist atmosphere. One should consider, depending upon those present, whether all the readings should be had. When we speak of a "brief" Mass we do not mean a "fast" Mass. Care should be taken that things are said clearly and slowly. These pastoral suggestions are only a few ways in which the Church can show her concern for the sick in her liturgical action. The sick must never be forgotten. They are to the rest of the Church representatives of the sins of the Church, and they are a body of people advancing the Kingdom of God on the earth.

Profile for Chicago Studies

Spring 1969  

Volume 8:1

Spring 1969  

Volume 8:1

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