Answer Me This: The Fighting Irish Sign of Peace


Whaaaaat? Two weeks in a row? And I posted What I Wore Sunday yesterday? Who’s being a better blogger? Yes, it’s me.

1. What is your favorite room in the house?

I like the dining room best. I’m there as I write this.

I shared a bedroom for my second year of graduate school, so I spent most of my time in my “office,” since I needed my desk to work. When I lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment, I kept my TV and computer in the living/dining room, so I got used to working at the dining room table or on the couch. Now that I have a (shared) house and my own bedroom, I still spend most of my time at the dining room table. So, even though my favorite room is the dining room, it’s not about good. It’s about my computer.

I’ll be honest: a lot of things are about my computer.

2. Do you subscribe to any magazines or other periodicals?

Define “subscribe.” I get only two hard-copy magazines: my alumni magazines from the University of Maryland and the University of Notre Dame. Those come automatically, though.

I get a ton of email newsletters, though, and those are only for sites that don’t have blogs. Most of my email is newsletters.

3. How do you feel about the sign of peace in Mass? Enriching? Awkward? Overdone? Just right? Some combination of the above?

It’s definitely a combination. It’s the one part of Mass where you interact with members of the congregation directly, as opposed to responding or praying or singing in unison and just assuming that everyone is with you. (Except for the Lord’s Prayer, they usually aren’t. Sad times.) I like that part.

On the other hand, I find it a little distracting to switch from a mode of deep prayer, since heaven has just touched Earth (a.k.a. the consecration of the Eucharist), to social “nice to meet you” mode, then back since I’m about to eat Jesus. There’s a headspace problem in there somewhere.

On a third hand, I have seen it go crazy. When Mass is delayed because everyone has to walk across the church to find a friend and exchange a hearty hug or ask about someone’s hip surgery (which varies with age), and even the choir is busy mingling, it can be overwhelming. That is a reasonable description of the sign of peace at Notre Dame dorm Masses, a custom I saw carried on by my grad school classmates. I never liked that part of Mass. I hate it when I dislike any part of Mass.

On yet a fourth hand, there is a Scriptural basis for making peace with your brother before you approach the altar.

4. What is your least favorite sound?

Knuckles cracking, or any part of someone’s body being cracked or popped. This includes my own, even though I have to crack my thumbs all the time. It’s such a gross sound, and it’s disturbing to see someone cracking their neck. If another person did that to you, you might die!

5. What was your favorite TV show (or shows) growing up?

Define “growing up.” I loved Muppet Babies, Tiny Toon Adventures, and the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I played the Pink Ranger on the playground at recess. I also had a thing for Nick at Nite, so I liked The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, and Bewitched despite their being way before my time. I am currently watching my way through Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Hulu and reminiscing all the way. Speaking of the WB, I used to love 7th Heaven and Dawson’s Creek, and I still love Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

6. What are your favorite TV shows now?

I have been watching Degrassi for so long that I think this counts for both questions! It’s so ridiculously dramatic, but I CAN’T STOP WATCHING. Most of my recent favorites have ended, such as 30 Rock, Being Human, and How I Met Your Mother. (I’m still mad about how HIMYM ended. I’m so mad I never even finished my mournful blog post about the finale!)

These days, I watch Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Graceland, and Covert Affairs. I watch them all online, though. No money for cable TV around here.

Check out Kendra’s answers (and others) at Catholic All Year.

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My son is a Notre Dame student so we get that magazine, and I think it’s fabulous. WAY better, I’m sorry to admit, than the one put out by my alma mater (Georgetown).

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