I am so far behind in reading the Catechism, you wouldn’t believe it.
I still get the emails everyday, but since they switched to the YouCat, I started reading from my copy of the Catechism. I’m on the Second Commandment… the scheduled readings are at the Seventh Commandment. Oh boy.
1. Use the weekend.
2. Read in the bathroom.
3. Read before bed.
I just kind of assume that everyone reads something before bed because I’ve just always done it.
If you don’t have books next to your bed, I highly insist you do this. It’s so much nicer to fall asleep with a book in front of your face as apposed to your phone or the TV.
Seriously, just read a few graphs. It helps you relax, and helps your eyes tire out while your mind slows down and your body relaxes.
Anyway, don’t try to force yourself to stay awake. Just read until you missed a word. Then stop. It’s OK.
Do it again the next night. You’ll be up to the calendar in no time.
4. Read while you wait for…
5. Slow down.
I think I mentioned this steeple chase last week… during the quick takes? Maybe.
Anyway, here are some shaky, unedited photos from some of the churches we went to. I hope I have them labeled correctly. It was kind of a whirlwind event.
St. Josephat. Oh look. My finger. Oops.
The beauty and the scale and the height… so much to take in. It was amazing. There were FOUR side altars! Four!!
And check out those stations of the Cross… in Latin!
Here’s another photo of the ceiling. See what I was trying to say before.
The detail and passion of the craftsmen are obvious in the work. Beautiful.
And a simple cross outside the main church. Still beautiful.
Oh, and this is a blessing from John Paul I. Yes, one. Awesome.
From the School Sisters of St. Francis’ St. Joseph Chapel:
Again with the wonderful open space.
Our priestly tour guide said he used to pray while watching this statue when he was in the seminary.
The Adoration altar.
The most important part, the center…
From the relics chapel:
Hundreds of relics… labeled in Latin. So beautiful.
Then we went to the Cathedral… and I took two dark photos. Sorry.
Then we went to the St. Joan of Arc chapel at Marquette. Beautiful and quiet and peaceful. And I didn’t take any pictures because we had the most wonderful Mass I’ve been to in a long time.
If you get the chance to do one of these… do it. Just do it. Or go around to the churches in one of your bigger cities. So wonderful.
I used to have really high
expectations of what a great day was. Sleep in, have a cup of awesome coffee, watch the news, take a long bath. Those kind of things.
Today, is not one of those days, not filled with those kind of things, but it’s a great day, none the less.
I’m going to spend most of it writing, a lot of it reading, catching up on all the blogs I follow (I still have posts from Jan. 11 to read!). It’ll be one of those catch-up days. But at the same time, I’ll be behind at work when I go back tomorrow. It’s not exactly a win-win, but it’s close. I can handle the work catch-up, if I have my other stuff caught up. If you get what I’m saying.
Year of Faith update
My original goals, from Oct. 11:
Attend adoration (1 hour)/attend benediction once a month
TODAY: up to date, 1 hour for October, November, December and January
Attend Mass at a new Parish/Church once a month (somewhere I haven’t been yet)
TODAY: up to date, St. Andrew’s, St. Paul’s, St. Francis de Sales and St. Charles Borromeo
Read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church
TODAY: up to date, today’s 112 in the year of faith, can you believe it?
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
TODAY: slacking on this a little bit, I have read Scott Hahn’s A Father who Keeps his Promises and am working on Pope Benedict’s Infancy Narratives. I’m going slow with this one.
So, yes, I went to St. Charles on Saturday for the vigil Mass. Interesting.
Everyone was rushing, rushing, rushing. Even the priest! And after I resolved for 2013 to NEVER RUSH, it was even more frustrating for me.
I’m also working on my patience, though.
But during Mass, I like reverence, a proper pace, attention, incense. I may make my next “new church” service in my goals an extraordinary rite. At least those go at a good pace.
The closest one to me is not even close to me at all, though.
I also don’t like Saturday night Masses. Because are we just going so we don’t have to get up early on Sunday? Indeed, that was the case with me this weekend. I didn’t want to get up that much earlier to drive out to St. Charles. Lazy, Catholic.
I gave the Knights of Columbus Lifesaver guy $5. He offered me change. No, thanks. This made me smile. They’re collecting for pregnancy resource centers around my area. I tell you what, if I was a man, I would be in the KofC, no contest. I love what they do.
God bless. Have a great day everyday!
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.
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.
Advent is about preparing.
Preparing a way for the Lord. In our homes, our hearts, our lives. (I tried really hard for a word that started with an “h” there.)
So my goal this coming Advent (coming so fast!) is to spend some time in prayer for one particular person every day.
Maybe I’ll say a (decade of a) Rosary for them. Maybe I’ll offer them up during the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Maybe I’ll pray while I’m driving.
There are those points in my day that remind me of someone. For instance, anything to do with the GOP, and I think of my friend that works at the headquarters in DC. Anything to do with layout in the newspaper, I think of my best friend and old managing editor.
I think (I hope!) we all do it. We relate people to things in our lives.
So each day this Advent, will be someone else. Someone special (they’re all special). And I don’t even have to know them! Though I’d like to know Steve and Juli and Michelle because they are all really awesome from what I know at least. (That’s what the Internet tells me.)
It’s going to be different every day. It’s going to be fun and refreshing.
And if I forget a day, it’s OK! The point is not to get stressed about it. It’s for prayerful reflection on my friends and people that I know.
I’m sure I’ll prayer for all my family, my friends, my coworkers. But I think those prayers for people we don’t know are important too. They work, too.
Probably a day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
I went to the Communion Service and Benediction this morning.
It was beautiful. And right after the Benediction, when we were praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and I was kneeling there in the REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST, I got a large… um, sniff… of the incense.
Oh, Lord. I thank God that I am a Catholic and we use all of our senses in our Worship. Not just sight, not just sound. Smell, feel, taste.
We are humans, and I think I learned this from Scott Hahn (probably), we can worship with all of our senses! Thank God for that! Praise the Lord.
It was one of those moments where I was so glad, so grateful that I had come to the church this morning. So grateful that I am Catholic, that I belong (kind of… I’m not a member yet) to a Parish that practices Adoration weekly.
I can bring my pain, my sorrows, my worries, my troubles, my failings to the feet of Jesus. And he’s there to say, “Child, just take my hand.”
At least, that’s what I imagine Christ saying to me. Take my hand. The way a child takes her mother’s hand when crossing the street. I take Jesus’ hand in life.
Well, I try to.
God Bless. Happy Advent.