Category: Saints

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.

Holiday cheer

I am that person…

in the office that is getting super excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up!

I mean, come on! Why not be happy about it? It’s a glorious time of year.

We celebrate the day Christ came to us through Mary. And praise God for that.

OSV (Our Sunday Visitor) has a great list of ways to “stay joyous” during Advent and Christmas. I love it.

My first big idea

is to sneak into work EXTRA early on St. Nicholas Day and put a sock with candy coins in on everyone’s desk.

How cute and fun right! And it’s not going to create a mess or  take a ton of work. But it will be fun, and not that costly. There are only 16 of us in the office. So 8 pairs of socks (I have to give myself one, so it looks like St. Nick came to all of us haha) and so candy coins.

Toooooo excited about this.

My second big idea

is already underway, too.

I have a list of gifts for everyone in the office… mostly really simple things, and I’ve found most of them at Goodwill already. Nothing that looks trashy or cheaply made, though.

So I’m going to come in early (or late, depending) and decorate the office before we leave for Christmas with my miniature tree and everyone’s gift wrapped.

I am even going to put up lights for this. So that will take some work… and a little bit of extra money.

I can’t believe how excited and happy I am about it, though. It’s just making me absolutely giddy like a little kid planning a surprise.

How are your holiday plans coming?

My family isn’t doing a traditional Thanksgiving meal together this year, our work schedules are just not conducive to that.

We’ll be having appetizers at my mom’s Thursday night, probably. That’s still not for sure.

Thankfully, I am not getting stressed by my lack of concrete plans this year. It’s just not worth the hassle.

I need to remember what it’s really about and be grateful I get to see my family.

Other stuff

I will probably be quitting this blog entirely soon.

Like I’ve said in earlier posts, it’s just not the kind of writing I need to be focusing on right now.

I always dread planning the posts I’m going to write each week… but once I get writing it’s OK.

And, of course, I appreciate the comments and likes and follows I’ve gotten. It’s so nice to know there are other people who relate and understand.

I’m sure I’ll be back on the Internet at some point in the future, but this “experiment” just isn’t at the right point in my life.

This girl has stories to write, novels to dream about and photos to take.

Oh, and prayers to pray!

But, for now, I’ll be around. Probably until December starts.

 

God bless.

On Chesterton

As part of my

Year of Faith goals, I said I wanted to read at least six books on Church history. I’m going to adjust my goals to allow for books like “Orthodoxy” by G.K. Chesterton.

I read chapter 1 last night.

I had the feeling of familiarity wash over me. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried to read it before.

This time it’s going to work, though.

I also rented (what do you call getting books from the library?) Scott Hahn’s “A Father who Keeps His Promises” and Philip Jenkin’s “The New Anti-Catholicism.”

I plan on spending about 95 percent of my weekend reading and drinking coffee.

The other 5 percent is for taking photos… which I haven’t done in too long.

I hope to use maybe a half of percent on posting here. 😉

Memorial of Saint John de Brébeuf and Saint Isaac Jogues, priests and martyrs, and their companions, martyrs

Our priest told us that thoughts do matter.

In fact, we say, Forgive us, for we have sinned in OUR THOUGHTS and our words…

Our thoughts impact our actions and our words… and especially our reactions. If you’re already thinking something angry or upset, it’s that much easier to share that emotion.

And really, shouldn’t we be sharing our happiness?

We don’t have a feast day or memorial until All Saints Day! I can’t believe that! It should just give me more time to go to Adoration/Benediction and confession:

But the answer to the question “what is wrong with the world?” proved was not external factors like “politics, the economy, secularism, pollution or global warming,” he noted.

“No, as G.K. Chesterton wrote, the answer to the question what is wrong with the world is two words: ‘I am.’”

Cardinal Dolan stated in his remarks to his 250 fellow bishops that paving the way for a personal “conversion of heart and repentance,” which is the “core of the Gospel invitation,” requires a recognition of personal sin.

“This happens in the sacrament of penance. This is the sacrament of the New Evangelization,” he said to warm applause from the assembled Synod Fathers, experts and observers.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan

God bless.

In service

Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm
and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

(From USCCB)

 

Yesterday, I volunteered for my parish’s annual turkey dinner.

It was so great. Honestly.

I was a “waitress,” meaning I grabbed the plates of food from the kitchen and served a couple tables “family style.”

I’m not a social butterfly. At all. I’m pretty shy, actually.

But I bit the bullet. And I smiled and talked to people and brought out more potatoes.

I have an awesome time. So great. People are really nice.

And I tried to be really nice, too. And it worked. 😉

 

Life, generally

In Mass this morning, I had this peace wash over me.

Yeah, I get that a lot, but this morning, it was just different. That’s so cliche.

OK, let me explain.

I was just relaxed, just calm. Just good. Great.

I felt like I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude.

And while I don’t remember what the homily was about, I remember how I felt. I remember the way my step picked up after Mass.

So great. I hope you get that sometime.

Maybe it’s not in Monday morning Mass for you, and that’s OK. God is with us always.

Amen to that as well.

 

God bless.

St. Francis of Assisi

And learning how to manage (prioritize) my time.

I have been sick since last Friday and have just not made this blog a priority. In fact, I even slept in on Monday and did not go to Mass like I normally do. It’s been a strange week since then because I missed that.

I’m still not 100 percent well yet, but I’m working on it. And I am finally going to see a doctor today.

This brings me to really managing my time and this blog. I want it to be a priority, yet I don’t want it to become more important than my faith, my relationships, my job. My life, in general. So there will be times…

Like the past few days…

When I won’t post for a while. I know I have yet to gather a “faithful following,” but those few of you who are following my blog (thank you by the way!), please know that I’m praying for you and that it’s important for us to actually do not just talk (well, write).

Hopefully this… whatever type of sick I am will be over soon and life will continue.

 

The Bible

Otherwise, I have been keeping up with the Agape Bible Study, which can I convince you to start reading that? It’s so beautiful to pull apart the translations and see the connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Seriously. Please, at least give it a try. I’m only on Genesis Chapter 3 of the Salvation History Study, but it’s beautiful and satisfying.

There are so many studies on Agape that I’m not sure I’m ever going to get back to “The Story” that I picked up at a thrift store a week or so ago. It just doesn’t seem like it’ll be necessary for quite a while.

What tools do you use to study the Bible? How often do you read and for how long? What makes you turn to the Bible?

I’d love feedback on that because I haven’t been in a group Bible study since spring, and it’s always helpful to be around people who are working through the same things you are.

 

God Bless.