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Of all the questions I’ve had about the New Translation of the Roman Missal the most common revolves around the response of the people “And with your spirit” as a replacement for the current “And also with you.” One woman said to me, “It sounds as if our bodies no longer matter? Most of the controversy around the issue is based on a notion that the current expression “And also with you” is a more formal equivalent of “Same to you.” As if when the Priest says, “The Lord be with you” the congregation is responding, “Same to you, Father.” But this is not really what is being said by the congregation or what is meant by the Latin response (and with your spirit).
Modern authors have distinguished further varieties of love: limerence, amour de soi, and courtly love.
Non-Western traditions have also distinguished variants or symbioses of these states.
The accusations began to receive wide publicity in the late 1980s.The current translation is not only inaccurate, it is misleading, because most people think they are saying, “Same to you, Father.” Well, if that isn’t what is being said, what really is being said?In effect, the expression (soon to be accurately translated “and with your spirit”) is an acknowledgement by the congregation of the grace and presence of Christ, who is present and operative in the spirit or soul of the celebrant.The congregation says in effect, “We acknowledge the Spirit, presence, and grace of Christ in your spirit, Father.” A hat tip to Louie Verrechio for bringing this to my attention and for the quote from St, John Chrysostom. This understanding of the Greeting and response is confirmed by the fact that only a bishop, priest, or deacon may give the greeting “The Lord be with you” and hence receive the response, “and with your spirit.” For example, the The layperson is not to use words that are proper to a priest or deacon and is to omit rites that are too readily associated with the Mass, for example, greetings – especially “The Lord be with you” – and dismissals, since these might give the impression that the layperson is a sacred minister (SCAP # 39).Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection ("I love my mother") to pleasure ("I loved that meal").This edition is limited to just 1,500 signed copies. Also on sale: Check out my critically-acclaimed debut novel Hi there.