Pray Tell reader Jonathan Day calls our attention to the latest piece in Thinking Faith, the online journal of the British Jesuits. Jack Mahoney explores the meanings behind the new response “And with your spirit”:
An explanation of Et cum spiritu tuo as referring to the grace of the Holy Spirit in the ordained celebrant seems to me fanciful and contrived…I wonder also if part of the modern popularity of this interpretation in terms of the grace of priestly ordination is because it can help to propagate the difference between priests and people which the Vatican Council tried so much to diminish and which others are now regrettably attempting to re-establish.
For the full text, please visit: ‘And with your spirit’? by Jack Mahoney SJ
While you’re on the Web site of Thinking Faith, you may also want to read:
‘Domine, non sum dignus’ by Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ, a similar piece on the response before receiving the Eucharist; and
Words in essence by Frances Novillo, an overview of the new translation.