The new normal for Catholics?

I am afraid (hope to be wrong in this instance) after the COVID-19 pandemic CRISIS, the faithful’s physical attendances at churches may dwindle even further as everyone maybe too comfortable with adopting the NEW Normal.

Jun 14, 2020

Dear Editor,
The HERALD published my letter (23 February 2020) about the declining Catholic Christian population (3.5 per cent) among the roughly 9.5 per cent total Christians population in Malaysia. I am afraid (hope to be wrong in this instance) after the COVID-19 pandemic CRISIS, the faithful’s physical attendances at churches may dwindle even further as everyone maybe too comfortable with adopting the NEW Normal.

Increasingly, I am feeling that Catholics belong to the senior generations of piety, people of PRAY, PAY and OBEY faithfuls (hope to be wrong again). Our wise Fathers’ pastoral concern and reminders not to rush in to embrace the new normal must certainly deserve the wisdom of the Holy Spirit on each and everyone of us.

So as Fr Clarence Devadass once said, “if one is not a part of the solution…one is a part of the problem”. Look at the online Sunday live stream Mass (many thoughts to those who put in much to bring faith alive to us). Look at the typical numbers WATCHING (slightly over 3,000 each views). This from a Klang Valley of over 100,000 faithful (as told to us)? This even after discounting those  who participated in Tamil, Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu or even Singapore Masses? Likely people have gone round the world’s cities seeking the BEST Masses to watch?

I came across the KL Archdiocese You-tube announcement on the various live stream Masses. It urged viewers to “CLICK TO WATCH”. Since when have we watched Masses instead of participating or worshipping God at  Eucharistic celebrations? I must share what some management and motivation gurus advocate: “When a word is formed, a thought is formed, and thoughts become things”. So we should rightly worship/participate, not WATCH our Holy Eucharistic Mass.

Edmund Tham
Kuala Lumpur

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Ronald Benjaminronald.benjamin1968@gmail.com
I observe this article has been there for a long time . Its reflection that laity view are not given the appropriate attention.
Dorothy Gohdorothygoh96@gmail.com
Yes, i agree with Edmund. Since when did we started watching masses? Then again, we can also presume the creator of the webpage could not find a better word than watch. On the lighter side,i find it quite hilarious. on