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May 4, 2020

This Is Not the New Normal

Colin MacIver

If the world is a ship, then right now it’s taking in water. We’re pulled apart right now, keeping in touch through virtual means, but we must acknowledge that we cannot maintain a digital existence in perpetuity. This is not the new normal. 

As a Church, we need to be able to return to the sacraments at some point. It’s wonderful that we’re able to connect online right now, but it’s not something we can continue with forever. 

This is not where we ought to be, but it’s where we are. Let’s offer up our suffering, and have hope in being reunited.

Snippet from the Show

“It’s OK to acknowledge that hard things are hard, and bad things are bad.”


Meet Your Host, Colin MacIver

Colin MacIver, host of the Tightrope podcast, with his family

Colin is an enthusiastic transplant to vibrant Louisiana, where he lives with his beautiful wife Aimee and two energetic children, Leo and Zélie. His juggling act involves being a husband, a dad, a teacher, a youth minister, a musician and a national Ascension content creator and trainer.

In his spare time, he eats too many crawfish, savors king cake, plays one-on-one kickball with his son, and tries, for the life of him, to properly load the dishwasher.

Check out Colin’s latest work with Ascension: Power and Grace: A Guide to the Catholic Sacraments and Quick Catholic Lessons with Fr. Mike.

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  • Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ once commented in one of his many books on “Theological Investigations” written back in the 1960’s that videos (they did not live stream then) of the Mass or sacraments on TV diminish the real presence. Ever since then, we have seen an increase of videos on TV, in nursing homes, now streaming of Masses and streaming of Live Adoration on the internet. I feel all of this continues to diminish further the “real presence”. I recall seeing articles written back in the 1910s when the telephone was fairly new, that people thought this new fangled phone would diminish from people talking personally with their neighbors and no one would visit in person. They would call instead. Indeed, we have tended to avoid real presence over the last century. Maybe this has attributed to the non-belief in the real presence more than anything the church has done since Vatican II. I hope this does not become the new normalcy for the church or society.

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