Last Saturday morning I went to Mass in the local parish. As it was a weekday Mass, the church wasn't full and afterward a dozen or so people stayed behind to pray. The church was beautiful; the altar was decorated, the lights were dimmed and you could hear a pin drop...until... one lady decided to leave, but before leaving wanted to catch up on the latest events with another lady who was sitting four rows behind me. I tried really, really hard to focus on my prayer and ignore the chit chat going on in the background. The other people praying in front of me didn't seem to mind and continued with their prayers. I kept thinking to myself, "Am I hyper sensitive...am I overreacting...does no one have any manners these days???"
So, here is my question to you, dear readers. "What do you do when you're trying to pray in Church and someone decides to have a conversation?" Do you just ignore it and continue praying? Do you turn and give a 'look' ? Do you walk over and in a polite way ask if they might hold it down or go outside? Do you just shrug your shoulders and say, "oh well"? Have the norms of society changed and it doesn't matter if you talk in church or not? It seems that there is nowhere we can go for just silence these days. (To give you a better idea of the scene - there was a vestibule approximately 10 feet from where these ladies were talking, but they stayed in the pew rather than get up and move to a more isolated area).
I'd really like to know what you think.