hearing things

Turned on the radio this morning to hear someone saying, “The problem is that in Britain, people have the concept that ‘mass is so boooring, so boooring,’ and you just don’t get that in the rest of Europe and America.”

And: “The other thing is that in Britain people stop doing mass when they’re about 16 or so, whereas in other places they keep it up till much later.”

And I’d just about formed the thought, How interesting, hearing people on the BBC talking about declining attendance at religious activities as a problem! and, I wonder if the Catholics have any strategies for keeping their young people that are different from ours? – when I realised that actually, they were talking about maths.

Moral: don’t try to decipher fricatives without a spectrogram handy.

8 thoughts on “hearing things

  1. Hi Catherine,

    I was just thinking of you when I heard about the cold weather and snow all over the UK. How are you doing? I know you’ve written a couple posts about it…which I’ve read. I hope the storms don’t inhibit travel and such for too much longer!

    Winter has been unusually severe in most of the U.S. too–but not so much in our area, which is just normally cold.

    God bless you,


  2. Hi Renee – good to hear from you!

    In my part of town the thaw seems to have begun, although apparently other parts of the country are still snowed under! Deep in our hearts everyone knows it’s not desperately bad by international standards, but secretly all Britishers cherish a longing to drive huskies, use snowshoes and make fire by rubbing two sticks together. The widespread lack of preparation by way of ensuring adequate salt/grit supplies is only a symptom of this deeper yearning.

    Or something. I trust all is well with you and your family!



  3. utterly random question, inspired by Fr Finigan’s posting of

    – do the wee wee frees have anything against non-scriptural praise songs with instruments in the sitting room, etc. ? Is the scripture-only, no-instruments thing applicable to all worship and prayer?


  4. Good question. I’m hopelessly behind with emails & general work stuff, so can i come back to this? Not that i’ve got much to say – no to the first question and basically yes to the second but it deserves more than that


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