This post has nothing to do with Lotus Notes. It's just a peek into the mind and motivations of Mary Beth.
When I was a kid, growing up Catholic in the United States, girls couldnot be altar servers. I really wanted to be one-- up on the altar,helping out, *really* participating at Mass.
My younger brother, Chris, however, was an altar boy. And, of course,he really was not that interested in being one. So we worked outa system, the kind that only siblings can create.
When he served, I'd sit in the first or second row with my Dad. And I'duse a series of hand motions to tell my brother what to do. I'd open my hands to let him know he had to brin gthe book up tothe priest. I'd wiggle my fist to let him know when it was time to ringthe bell. The system worked pretty well, except for the fact thatI desperately wanted to be the one serving, and my brother could notcare less.
So, last year, when my DAUGHTER was old enough to become an altarserver, I signed her up. She did the training. She's been serving atmass for over a year. And tonight she says that she reallydoesn't like it, She'd rather sing in the choir. My initial reactionwas to want to scream-- to tell her just how cool it was that girls cannow be altar servers, that women have come at least a little way in theCatholic church... but instead, I said "OK." Cause, the reallygreat thing is that it's not a big deal any more to have a girl as analtar server.
So now all she has to worry about is whether or not the Jesuits willallow women to become priests. Cause, of course, I wanted to be aJesuit priest, too. None of this second-fiddle nun thing for me. AJesuit Priest or nothin at all. Clearly, I never became a Jesuitpriest to fight the "counter -reformation". Rather , I ended up a userexperience designer for Lotus Notes, fighting Outlook. Hum... maybe notall that different after all....