Hi, Catholic mamas! We have recently learned that God has blessed us with a second child, due to be born around the feast day of St. Patrick. We have been praying that God would give us another child in His timing, and it is wonderful to know that God's plans and our aligned. Praise the Lord!
Lavatea and LTB, I go back and forth between your sentiments. Of course Christ accepts us as who we are. Of course we can come to meet him informally. I think that it is very cute when my two-year-old leaves adoration saying "bye-bye, Jesus" and don't worry too much when it is followed by "I have to go potty, drink water, wash hands." The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is something different, though. It is being at the feet of Jesus at Calvary, the Last Supper, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. I try to at least put on pants/skirt (no shorts/swimsuit) and closed-toed shoes.
As to clapping during the Gloria, does anyone know if there have been any specific prohibitions or any other information on the topic. While the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is something to be very serious about, the Gloria is a song of praise. It is taken out completely during Lent and brought back with great rejoicing at Easter. If clapping during Mass was ever appropriate, I think it would be during the Gloria. From Psalm 47:
2 All you peoples, clap you hands;
shout to God with joyful cries.
3 For the Lord, the Most High, inspires awe,
the great kind over all the earth,
4 Who made people subject to us,
brought nations under our feet,
5 Who chose a land for our heritage,
the glory of Jacob, the beloved.
6 God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
the Lord, amid trumpet blasts.
7 Sing praise to God, sing praise;
sing praise to our king, sing praise.
8 God is Kind over all the earth;
sing hymns of praise.
9 God rules over the nations;
God sits upon his holy throne.
10 The princes of the peoples assemble
with the people of the God of Abraham
For the rulers of the earth belong to God,
who is enthroned on high.
Of course, I seek obedience to the Magisterium. Is the Gloria not ever a place for this kind of praise? Forgive me, I am still learning. Proper liturgy is not something that was really emphasized in any of my churches growing up. I do not even know all the abuses going on, but as I learn the 'why' behind the way everything is, I fall more and more in love with the beauty of my Church.