Category: Mass

A Mass without a Priest

I almost started this post with a cliche.

How horrible.
 
Maybe it’s even more cliche to say I was going to use a cliche. Perhaps.
 
Last week Wednesday, went I went to daily Mass again, the priest didn’t show up.
Ironic? I don’t know if that’s the right word.
I wanted so badly to go back to Mass. I wanted all those things I wrote about in my list of reasons to go to daily Mass.
At first, I was angry.
How can he not show up? It’s his job. He lives right next door. All the school kids are waiting on him.
 
Then I realized that it too could be a lesson for me.
A lesson in patience and appreciation. A time for reflection and quiet.
I was still with Christ. He was there, just inside the tabernacle. Just  behind the altar.
It’s good to have that time to just be with Christ. Just to sit and not think (this is hard!).
I try to go to adoration once a month (I’m running out of time in January for this).
But during adoration, there are prayers and requests and tears sometimes.
There’s the Divine Mercy Chaplet and petitions.
 
Those are all good things.
 
But sometimes, it’s important to just be with the Lord.
Really just sit and be.
 
Not to relax. Oh, no. You’re in the presence of the King!
But now that you’re safe. You’re in his arms.
To realize that he’s with us no matter what.
 
He’s not the one that turns away.
We are.
 
He’s not the one who lies, cheats and disobeys.
We are.
 
Living in Christ means a freedom to love without being hurt, trust without falling and living without fear.
Christ is that freedom.
 
It took me a Mass without a priest to realize this, and I’ll thank him for it someday.
 
God Bless.
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Reasons to go to Daily Mass

In an honest effort to change the bad habit I’ve started this year (I wrote about it yesterday), I set my alarm for a bit early this morning and made it to daily Mass.

And I have a story, that I’ll share another time. But I wanted to put together this list. These are not in order… except the order that I thought of them.

Ten reasons to go to daily Mass

  1. Knowing the Mass inside and out. It’s soooo easy to follow along during a Sunday Mass. There are so many people around, that if you say the wrong words during Mass no one notices. On a weekday, there are old women and some men. They notice.
  2. Reflection on the origins of the Mass. I think about this a lot, especially after reading Scott Hahn’s The Lamb’s Supper. In a daily Mass, there’s a lot less singing (usually), there’s a lot less extra glamorous stuff. It’s just the cut and dry Mass, the focus always on the Lord. It’s beautiful. It might take a while to get used to, but it’s worth it.
  3. Quiet time starting your day. Or ending it. It’s hard to get away. Mass makes it easy.
  4. It’s short. Usually about 30 minutes. A little longer if it’s a school Mass. Worth it to see kids learning the right way to participate in the Mass.
  5. Making friends and connections. We pray for each other at Mass. And when we see each other, we remember.
  6. Create personal devotions. I love the Rosary. I love it so much, I have one hanging in nearly every room of my apartment (along with other sacramental items), I have one in my jacket pocket. In the summer, I keep one in my bag and in my car. Every morning before daily Mass, a Rosary is prayed aloud at church. It helps me keep that tradition. Other devotions can be “caught” from others, too. I see people praying the Holy Father’s intentions and other global prayers. Beautiful.
  7. Get to know your priest. Daily homilies are much more personal, and usually more spontaneous than Sunday homilies. It’s because they are short and there aren’t a lot of people in the “audience.” My priest often shares personal experiences during the week that he doesn’t touch on Sundays.
  8. Get to know the Bible. You’ll hear the entire thing if you went every day. If you can’t go every day, you’ll at least get more familiar with the geography/places of the Bible and the writing itself. It’s complicated and good to hear it aloud frequently along with reading it privately.
  9. Be with the Lord. Even if you can’t receive communion, you can still be with him. Christ is present in four ways in the Mass: in the Eucharist, in the priest, in the Word of God and in the assembled people of God.
  10. Reminder to share the Gospel. I always feel great after leaving Mass. It’s kind of like feeling good after working out (or anything you love). A beautiful thing happens in the Mass, and we get to be a part of it. When we go daily, it serves as a reminder to us that we are a part of that beauty even outside the church doors.

There are probably more reasons. I know there are. But that’s a start.

God bless.

Revisited Mass

I’ve posted before about how I miss daily Mass. I miss it again.

I get in a rthym, a schedule, a routine, that somehow doesn’t include daily Mass.

I have the time. Thanks to my (amazing) job, I can work (pretty much) when I want. I can go in late… not that I even need to because Mass is at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I can still make it to the office by 9 if I go.

But it also means that I have to be up, dressed, presentable for that. And I have to eat well before that for the obligatory fast.

And that’s just been too much work for me lately.

I used to be a morning person. This was me. Well, not really. But close. I was happy in the morning.

But now that I gave up coffee (just until the end of the month!) and I still can’t receive the Eucharist.

Things feel a little off for me, I guess. I’m going to work on it, though.

Year of faith

My goals for the YoF are going great through. I’ve been to Mass in three different parishes so far, and I’ve gone to Adoration three times.

I’m currently reading Pope Benedict XVI’s Infancy Narratives.
I finished Scott Hahn’s “A Father who Keeps His Promises.” I’ll write about it soon. It was great. Beautiful. Just like Infancy Narratives are turning out to be. So much, so great.

Writing

I will be back, not as frequently as when I first started this, but more often than the past four weeks. I am still trying to find that balance of things I want to do and need to do.

Sometimes, I just need to not be connected. And sometimes, I know that my pains and trials in faith will help others.

God bless all.

Hope the new year is well.

Daily Mass

I haven’t been to a daily Mass in more than two weeks.

I don’t exactly remember the last time I went. It was right after the Confession that I wasn’t absolved…

 

I will be at tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Mass, but so will a lot of other people that don’t go to daily Mass.

I’m going to jump right back in and go on Friday morning.

I miss it terribly. It’s worse than missing a workout or dinner (haha).

If you haven’t been to a daily Mass in a while, I highly suggest it. It’s so beautiful and peaceful.

 

On Writing

(That’s something else you should read if you dabble in writing. By Stephen King.)

I have been writing! Finally, finally.

I just opened a Word document and started typing yesterday (maybe the day before). And I like it, and I’m not being too hard on myself with editing. I’m just creating right now.

It feels sooooooo so good. So good to be writing.

Yes, I write (nearly) every day for my job. And I like that kind of writing, too. But there is something different about the kind of writing that you create yourself. I’m not reiterating facts or quotes. I’m MAKING THEM UP AS I GO ALONG.

In no other place but fictional writing is that OK. Well, life, I guess. 😉

I am going to have something COMPLETE by the time that contest rolls around. I’ll have it finished, and edited and printed nicely and ready to go.

And if I don’t win, OK. But I put my foot out there with a fictional challenge, and I’ll be proud of that.

I haven’t submitted any fictional writing since I was applying for college scholarships.

Which, OK, wasn’t that long ago, but still a completely different time in my life.

Anyway, I’m off to make peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate chips (oh, yes).

Happy Thanksgiving! God Bless.

Mistakes (and those who make them)

Which is all of us, of course.

Because we’re human. Though we strive to be Christ-like every day, all day, it doesn’t always happen.

In this, it really is the trying that counts. The honest effort we put forth, makes it valuable. Especially if we learn from our mistakes.

As I’ve written about before, I am a reporter. I write for a medium-sized (circulation) weekly.

This week, we put out an early issue because of Thanksgiving… and I’m reading the printed copy now… and there are mistakes. It’s full of mistakes. It’s pretty bad some of these mistakes we made.

Let me show you.

Those question marks are filler text… who ever “sends” the page (the final reviewer) to the print house is supposed to fill it in. That didn’t happen last night.

That should be “budget (and) levy hold.” We use commas to mean AND. That’s OK in the headline, but the subject-verb disagreement is not OK.

(Just to be clear, subject-verb agreement is important everywhere.)

Anyway, as I read the entire paper (not just my stories!), I’m sure I’ll find more. It’s rough.

But I kind of become complacent with it, too. I mean, we publish every week. And we have four sections that the editorial team works on. It’s easy for us to overlook things when we’re in a hurry, tired or hungry.

It happens. We live with it. We beat ourselves up over it, and then we get over it.

Year of Faith goals

How are you going so far?

My goals (copied and pasted for you):

  • Attend adoration (1 hour)/attend benediction once a month
  • Attend Mass at a new Parish/Church once a month (somewhere I haven’t been yet)
  • Read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Read six (more if I can) books on Church History, including saints, popes, council documents, papal documents, etc. These should be published with at least an imprimatur. I’m really interested in more on the Crusades.

I spent an hour in adoration in October. Will probably go next week for November (see how I push it back? haha). It’s important to make my goals a priority, but “every day life” gets in the way sometimes.

In October, I went to St. Andrew’s. The past two weeks I was at St. Paul’s. There we go. So far so good with that. 🙂

I’m keeping up with the Catechism daily readings (you can still sign up). It’s day 41 in the Year of Faith. Wow. It doesn’t seem like that long at long.

Imagine all the things we’ll learn and experience the rest of the year?

I’m still working through Scott Hahn‘s “A Father who keeps His Promises.”

Also, Chesterton’s Orthodoxy is on my night stand. I plan to spend Thanksgiving reading (seriously).

Then up next is TOB for Beginners. I’m excited for that, so excited that I want to only be reading one thing while I read it. That will be a challenge itself (such a bibliophile).

Anyway, God bless ya’ll, and Happy Thanksgiving! See you in Mass! 🙂

(I traditionally go to Mass on Thanksgiving… why not? Another chance to be close to Christ in the Eucharist, yes, please!)