this afternoon, I had to lay down from back pain and sure enough, a thunderstorm came in this evening....
I ran into this fact in a "green book" essay on hobbits...
It was discussing Pius X who allowed children to receive communion.
When I was a child, I was always grateful, because altho like most kids I did not understand deep theology, I understood that receiving the sacrament was a thing of reverence, and was in some way asking the living God to come into my heart via a visible thing: just as food strengthened us, so too the communion strenghtened our soul.
But what I learned about this article was that his deed went against the hoity toity ideas of gnosticism, that the holy were those with secret knowledge: the wise, the intelligent, the upper class, those steeped in ritualistic superiority.
Children had none of these things, and by allowing them to receive the holiest sacrament, it had the implication that the holiest included the most lowly, not those smart enough or "holy" enough (ritualistically or theologically) or whose superior knowledge made them superior spiritually.
So the tv commentaries that disdain the asian and african christians can think about this next time they tout their superiority