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By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, June 2, 2013

In her book The Sacred Meal, Nora Gallagher recalls an awkward moment at Communion in her parish church:

“I stood up from my pew and marched toward the altar without really paying attention to who was with me in the line. I think I was imagining a new haircut or the perfect apartment in New York, my two favorite fantasies. When I got to the altar and took my place . . . my knuckles knocked against those of a person standing right next to me. When I glanced over, I saw a woman I was not speaking to. We both gave a little start, and I felt immediate shame. I could remember exactly why we were not talking and everything she had done to cause it; but I realized, as I stood there with about an inch of ice-cold space between us, that I had done exactly nothing to make things even the smallest bit better. Ha! The Spirit must have been saying over us. Let’s see what happens now!

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