Today at Mass, the celebrant told an interesting story. I can't verify it, though. The gospel was the one about Lazarus coming out of the tomb. The priest was talking about Martha's faith. Jesus asked her, "Dost thou believe?" Then the priest tied "faith" to people's beliefs about death. Martha believed all shall be "resurrected, on the last day." Well, it turns out, that many believe this, no matter what they say.
Father said that in 1982, Leonid Brezhnev died. He was the leader of atheistic, communist, Russia. At his funeral, full of military accolades, accouterments, etc., with his coffin surrounded by soldiers, Leonid's wife, Viktoria, trace the sign of the cross on his chest, just before the lid of the coffin was closed.
Remember, this an atheist, communist country. She did this in public. How's that for witnessing?
Here I am in Ireland with a bunch of religiously impaired people. And today is Sunday. From the plans they were devising I knew Mass wasn't on the schedule. I mentioned going to Mass but they said "We're going to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock Wednesday. You will have all the church you want then.
So, We were planning on going shopping in Claddagh. We parked along the harbor and we're walking to the shopping district when I saw a Dominican friar at the entrance of a church greeting people!
Suddenly, words came out of my mouth.
"Hey! Look. I'm going to Mass, come back in an hour.