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Learn something: Missing Mass

Learn something

 

I missed Mass on May 12.

I could have made it to the 6 p.m. Spanish Mass at a Parish near mine.

But… I would have been in my Army uniform and smelly. I had spent four hours riding in the back of a HMMWV and three additional hours driving from my unit to my home.

I would have had 20 minutes to shower/change/get ready and leave for Mass… and I would have been late to Mass. At least 10 minutes late.

Or I could have not changed or showered and been on time.

To a Spanish Mass… which I’ve gone to before.

And it’s almost like going to a Latin Mass for me. I don’t know what’s going on.

The Spanish Mass is the ordinary rite, but it’s… in Spanish.

I don’t speak Spanish.

So… I didn’t go.

I figured this would be a good time to see what the Catechism said about this.

2192 “Sunday… is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.” “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.”

Bound to participate in Mass. Wow. That’s pretty clear.

Bound to do so. We need to, have to, must do so.

2178 This practice of the Christian assembly dates from the beginnings of the apostolic age. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds the faithful “not to neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but to encourage one another.”

Dates from the beginnings of the apostolic age.

It’s been going on for a while. This isn’t some “new rule” the Church just thought of.

We know the Church doesn’t work like that, anyway.

Our traditions have generally existed since the beginnings, we just don’t always have them written down. We don’t always have them in concrete.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t legitimate.

This is my favorite:
2179 “A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church; the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop.” It is the place where all the faithful can be gathered together for the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. The parish initiates the Christian people into the ordinary expression of the liturgical life: it gathers them together in this celebration; it teaches Christ’s saving doctrine; it practices the charity of the Lord in good works and brotherly love:

Let me break in here. “The parish initiates the Christian people into the ordinary expression of the Eucharist.”

Ordinary, in this case, means what we should see as normal, usual. It’s the usual practice that we should receive the Eucharist, that we should receive Christ.

We shouldn’t receive Christ at home (unless necessary). We shouldn’t say an act of spiritual communion if we can make it to Mass.

The usual, normal, ordinary way, is the way we should do it. That’s in the Mass.

2179 continues:
You cannot pray at home as at church, where there is a great multitude, where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the union of minds, the accord of souls, the bond of charity, the prayers of the priests.

You cannot pray at home as at church.

Hm. You cannot pray at home as at church. You can not pray at home as at church.

I just have to repeat it to make it stick.

… from one great heart…

There is power when we gather together that we don’t have when we’re alone.

This doesn’t mean that our personal prayer doesn’t matter.

But prayer together matters too. It’s important.

A religion necessitates this community aspect. We must gather.

Jesus asked us to gather together.

“He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30)

2180 The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.” “The precept of participating in the Mass is satisfied by assistance at a Mass which is celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the holy day or on the evening of the preceding day.”

2041 The precepts of the Church are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor:

The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort.

The minimum. These laws are the minimum we need for sanctity. That’s what we want, after all.

2042 The first precept (“You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor”) requires the faithful to sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord as well as the principal liturgical feasts honoring the mysteries of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saints; in the first place, by participating in the Eucharistic celebration, in which the Christian community is gathered, and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days…

This paragraph continues with the second and third precept. Those aren’t topical right now. I’ll get to them someday.

1382 The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood. But the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To receive communion is to receive Christ himself who has offered himself for us.

Makes sense to me.

Of course, there are reasons one can miss Mass. But it should be a rare occasion.

A dire need.

I plan to add this to my next confession.

God bless.

See my previous Learn something post:

Confirmation

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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 10)

— 1 —

Special intention list for the weekend:
For those who suffer from allergies of all kinds… may your hay fever never be confused as a cold so no one will shake hands with you during the sign of peace. 🙂

For marriage and the sanctity of life in the United States

— 2 —

We had a big discussion at work today about how to make my job just the tiniest bit less stressful.
I hope some things change here.

When we’re putting together the paper on Tuesdays, I get so frustrated because I am doing everything.
Our managing editor lays out the pages. After he prints them, I read them (one of three reads). After they get three reads, I “send” them over for production. After I send them, I post EVERY article online with EVERY photo.

It’s a lot of work.
It’s a lot of stuff passing over my desk going in eight million directions at once.

Add on to that I got hit with hay fever hard this week and I still write some of my articles on Tuesday mornings.

This next week, I’ll have someone else shadowing me to see how the online stuff works and then she’ll be taking over that part.
That, I hope, will relieve some of the stress and frustration.

— 3 —

It’s been raining since Monday morning.
I’m glad because we had drought conditions all last year and we really didn’t get that much snow, though it seemed like we did.
This rain is a big catch up for our farms and fields and trees. Which is great.

But it’s rainy and cold and wet and not sunny.
I feel like I’m in a Dr. Seuss book.

I wanted to wear a skirt this week. Not happening. I can only hope that I’ll see the sun again someday….

— 4 —

Hopefully while I’m in Arizona next week!

Yay, I can’t wait to go. Arizona. Imagine.
I’ve never been. It’ll be good.

We’re also heading to San Diego, so I’ll see that as well.
Grand Canyon. Star gazing. All of it.

We’re flying. It’s kind of a trip from Wisconsin out there.

— 5 —

I was in adoration yesterday, talking to my guardian angel.
I feel like the more I talk to him/her, the more it feels right to do so.

I hope he/she’s listening.
Otherwise that would just be weird 😉

— 6 —

I have this weekend off and I plan to do nothing except a little warm weather shopping for the Arizona trip and some cooking.

I made cookie bars on Wednesday because I wanted something sweet for my hay fever. I burnt them.
Not too badly, but enough that I didn’t eat the whole pan at once.

Which, in the end, is a good thing.

— 7 —

I used to iron my sheets. Have you ever done that?
It’s nice to have the edges all smoothed out. Crisp.
I plan to do that when I change the sheets this weekend.

I have a few shirts that need a hot iron, too.

I never used to iron my clothes. I didn’t care.
Now, I care. And I don’t really like wearing jeans to work. I like dressing up.

I like doing my hair nicely and sometimes wearing make up (which I’ll do again when it stops raining).
I read a blog post somewhere some time that us girls, we can do that. We can look nice.
We can look nice and still be modest.

We don’t have to be super frilly or bouncy to be beautiful, and we don’t have to be sloppy to be modest.
There is a point where those two meet.
It’s not a Victoria’s Secret, I know that.

We can have nice, pretty things, but we don’t need to show off to be beautiful.
I guess that’s what I’m trying to say.
We can feel good about ourselves without being showy.

God bless.

For more (and better!) Quick Takes, find everyone else at Conversion Diary!

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 9)

— 1 —

Special intention list for the weekend:
For my mom’s continued recovery from a recent stay in the hospital and investigative surgery
For marriage in general, for everyone’s marriage in particular

— 2 —

I’m at a journalism conference today. Just a one-day ethics conference on … ethics in journalism. I’m excited to see other professionals and hear what the panelists have to say.

Sometimes, I think I get into my job, that I don’t look at the bigger picture. I hope today helps that a little.
I also can’t wait to bring everything back to work on Monday and share with my coworkers. That’ll be the best part, to discuss with them what went on.

— 3 —

Easter was fabulous, wasn’t it? I was just.. full of joy. Beautiful. I love seeing the church packed (even though I get distracted!), I love seeing the usher ask people to move into the rows further. Quit sitting at the ends and leaving empty seats! You know how this works.

I had brunch with my family. That was nice. Then I spent the rest of the day relaxing, enjoying. It was beautiful outside, too.

— 4 —

We had elections on Tuesday… so I was up at 6 a.m. for a meeting with some parents about a school issue, then I was in the office until midnight finalizing our paper. That was pretty crazy.

My sleep is still off. I’m hoping to make it up this afternoon. We’ll see.

— 5 —

I got a flyer for Relevant Radio.
I donate frequently. Not a lot of money, but frequently. When I see I have some extra money, I try to send it out. Or to Life Site News. Or some other Catholic media company.
Or even the animal shelter I drive by sometimes.

Anyway, I am thinking about becoming a dollar-a-day donor.
I was looking at how much I gave over the past two years. It wasn’t a lot, and not up to $365, but I think I could do it.
I could pay quarterly, or monthly even. That would be an OK deal. I think I could handle it.
I’m kind of nervous to make the commitment, though I know it would be a good thing.

— 6 —

I haven’t cooked anything in a while.
Well, I made some eggs and sausage this morning. It was good.
I did the same yesterday.
But I haven’t got my hands dirty making something that I needed to follow a recipe for (however loosely I choose to follow it).
I miss it. And it hasn’t even been that long! Maybe a week!
I’ll get back to it next week.

— 7 —

Also, I haven’t made espresso in a while. I kind of just don’t want to do the work.
I know, lazy.
Also, I didn’t have any syrup for the coffee… so, it just kind of fell away.

God bless.

For more (and better!) Quick Takes, find everyone else at Conversion Diary!

CCC 2497

By the very nature of their profession, journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not offend against charity in disseminating information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgment concerning individuals. They should not stoop to defamation.”

 

I found that the other day when I was perusing through the Catechism.

Interesting that it’s in there. I wonder how many other profession are explicitly stated like that.

And was even more surprised that there is a social media section in the Catechism.

 

Happy Holy Week, all. I will not be posting more for a little bit.

See you in April!

 

God Bless

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 8)

— 1 —

Special intention list for the weekend:
Pope Francis, of course, our cardinals and the seat of St. Peter, for visitors to the Vatican that they stay safe during this busy time in our Church

God bless our Holy Father and the global Catholic Church.

— 2 —

If you aren’t praying the Novena to St. Joseph… why?
Find it. And start praying. Like I say, he’s a workhorse.

— 3 —

Remember how I said I was doing Insanity workouts three days a week?
Yeah, that didn’t happen. I was done on Sunday. Just couldn’t force myself to do it. So instead of just having one day off a week (Tuesday), I’m having Sundays off, too. I’ll have three Nerd Fitness workouts and two Insanity workouts. Which is what I did last week and what I’m shooting for this week.
In the future, I can try for more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself at the beginning of this Insanity workout schedule.

— 4 —

My boyfriend’s birthday is tomorrow. We’re going to get Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and I’ll be making him brownies, and we’ll probably drink some wine… I might ask him to teach me to play video games just for fun.

— 5 —

I got to see a small chicken farm today. So fun. The framer gave me a dozen eggs. Nice.

 

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— 6 —

I’m quite the slacker on the Quick Takes. Some weeks I’ve stressed about the list so much, this week, I don’t even know what I’ve written in 1 through 5, and that’s OK. Not the stressing, but the not knowing.
It’s just something that I need to work on… focusing on my blog writing, that is. Among other things.

— 7 —

I’ve been reading studying the Sacred Congregation’s Inter Insigniores, and I’ll be posting my thoughts in several posts over the next several weeks. Get excited for that!

Happy weekend.

God bless.

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