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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Calendars)

Thanks for hosting, Jen!

 quick takes

— 1 —

If you didn’t miss me on Wednesday, then just skip to #2.
If you did miss me and my always-informative posts on all-things-Catholic, I’m so sorry!
Here’s my excuses (which, tangent, what is the difference between a reason and an excuse? A reason is something that the hurt/disappointed person approves of, that he thinks is a good/OK waste of your time)
First, I was late at work Monday night. What does Monday have to do with Wednesday’s post? It’s coming.
So, I got home late Monday. Ate some food and went to sleep.
Then… I woke up a little bit later than usual because I wanted to catch up. I was still on time for work and all that, I just didn’t get my scheduled run in… so I ran Tuesday night.
So instead of coming home from work Tuesday (which was late again, anyway) and writing up a brilliant post for y’all, I went for a run.
Then I took a shower and went to bed. So is my life.

— 2 —

In all fairness, I think I said I would have a serious Catholic post MOST Wednesdays.
And since I said that, I’ve been on top of things. It’s OK to go off the calendar once in a while, right?
Also, I have ALLLLLLLL day Saturday to work on next week’s article, and will be posting something during the time I’m writing as well.
You’re welcome, in advance.
— 3 —
All  the fake self-confidence aside, I really tried to fit in a post. Enough apologizing!
— 4 —
I’m taking today off of work. Because of all those REASONS above, I just need a break. Also I have an appointment.
I’ll probably be at Mass with a Friday, getting some coffee and then going to my appointment. I hope it’s one of those days that I get to write a lot, too.
Did you guys read Jen’s post about how she’s an inside-her-head person and needs time to write, jog with music or reading a good book. (Find it here.)
I felt like she could have been writing about me. Except, I need talk radio when I’m jogging so slow people walking their dogs could pass me if the wind blows in the wrong direction.
I’ve written a million times about how I need to write more, how I want to be an author, how I love to write… and yet, I consistently find myself looking at my new notebooks at the end of day without writing anything.
I have written in the notebooks, I just don’t do it as often as I want to… which is EVERY day. I want that to happen.
I have started using Evernote as a journal/diary of sorts this month.
I keep the page open and just have running thoughts on the page as the day goes on. I think I’ll like a record of that…. I should start making headers/titles or something. Some of the notes get kind of long.
— 5 —
Remember when driving used to be exciting? When you’d ask your parents if you could drive to the grocery store or the library or the doctor’s office?
Yeah. Remember when you just wanted a good, loud song on the radio and the windows down and you didn’t need your cell phone in your face?
I’m trying to get back to that… so much.
It seems like when I get into my car, there are 800 things I NEED my phone for. Did the check clear on my bank account? Did anyone like my most recent running update on Facebook? Those are dumb things.
So dumb.
I know, I know how seriously dangerous it is to drive and try to read a blog post on your phone. C’mon!
Recently, I’ve been putting my phone in my purse, which goes behind my seat when I get into the car. I can’t reach into the bag when I’m driving.
This helps.
When it’s on the charger though… it’s so close.
Does anyone else struggle with this or the seriousness of the issue just cut it for you?
— 6 —
I caught up on the Catechism reading! And I’m actually ahead of the Year of Faith emails!
Woot. I’m so happy. It was stressing me out more than I realized, which like I said in my 5 Ways post about it, that’s not the point.
Now, I just read ONE section when I go to bed and ONE when I get up in the morning…. but this rule is SUPER flexible. Like last night when I got home late. I didn’t read.
This morning, I had a few extra minutes so I read the section and then the in-brief. By section, I mean from one bolded headline to the next… are those called sections? Not whole chapters. Like it took me a few days to get through each commandment article. I wish I had my Catechism handy to look at it and see what they’re labeled. Basically, I read the same amount they send in the emails. I just read it in my copy of the book.
— 7 —
So we’ve been talking about budgeting a lot a work lately.
I don’t know how it originally came up, but a lot of us stress about it and talk.
My gym membership ended, so I have that “extra” (not really extra, but less that’s expensed, more that I can save or use for student loan debt). It was $29. Which is why I got that membership in the first place, but since I’ve stopped lifting weights and started running more and doing body weight exercises, I don’t need the gym.
I also got a military payment from Uncle Sam toward my student loans… amazing. That’s a huge relief too. So that cuts my student loan payment by 3/4 for the foreseeable future.
I anticipate another payment from them next year, so I hope those are paid off soon. 🙂 Yay.
But, budgeting… I am sort of using Dave Ramsey’s baby steps to be more financially steady.
First, I want to save $2,000 in my emergency fund. I’m over half way there.
Then I want to get at least $3,000 in my Roth IRA so I can make the investments more “risky.” Right now it’s super conservative and that’s just not right for me being so young. I’m a few months away from achieving that.
Then I want to start saving for a “new” car. New here meaning used.
My car was at the shop yesterday (2 days in a row, a repeat of two weeks ago) for a cylinder misfire. Awesome. $300 later….
I feel like I could elaborate more on my finances, but the gist of it is that I would like to buy some new professional clothes but can’t.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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5 Ways to Catch up on Year of Faith Reading

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.

Here are some of the ways I plan on catching up… and that have brought me up to speed before.

1. Use the weekend.

     This weekend might be a long weekend for you. If so, enjoy it, and spend a few extra moments reading.
     Stay in bed a few minutes longer if you can and just read. Or go to bed earlier. Sit outside in the sun (or the shade) and do it. Take a bath and do it (see #2).
     Turn the TV off. There really isn’t good TV on the weekends anyway. Unless you’re into NCIS and Law & Order rerun marathons on USA (which I am).
     Just keep it off, or make a point to turn off every other hour. MAKE THE TIME to read. That’s really what you have to do.
     Also, not a 40 hour 9 to 5er? Well, use your days off. That’s simple.

2. Read in the bathroom.

     Well. I guess.
     Just bring in the book and read when you’re in there. It’s nice to start the bath and sit in the room while the steam rises around you.
     I know some moms get some free time in there… sorry, moms.
     It’s OK to read it in the bathroom. You’ll be OK.

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…

    The bus. Your oil change. Your school board meeting to start late.
     Your coffee to brew. Your latte to be made. Your kids to run out of school.
     The point is, bring it with you. If you have five minutes, you can read a few paragraphs.
     If you still have all the emails in your inbox, pull out your phone.
     The emails are pretty easy to get through, actually.
     I have them archived and could go through it, but I’m better at retention when I read from a hard copy. I’m old school like that.

5. Slow down.

     This may seem counter intuitive, but the point of reading it is to know the faith better. It’s not to just get through it so you can say you did.
     So take your time. Yes, it’ll be cool if we can finish and know it all by the end of the Year of Faith.
     What would be even cooler is if we take notes while we read, share passages we like or find interesting, if we keep reading it even after the Year of Faith.
     Don’t read 100 pages in one sitting. This book is full of complicated stuff. It’s not the kind of thing you can read while distracted. Focus and take your time.
I hope those help you!
God bless.

Learn something: Holy Days

Learn something


Holy Days of obligation…. the Catholic Church seems to be the only one (among so many others) that has Holy Days of Obligation.

We have feasts, solemnities, memorials…

Which of these are obligatory?

Well, the most important is Sunday.

Every Sunday is a Holy Day of obligation.

Here’s what the Catechism says.

2192 “Sunday … is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.”

1389 “The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during the Easter season.”

There you go. That’s the end of that, right?

No. Nice try.

2177 “The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life.”

This is so important it’s one of the PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH.

The first precept: “You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.”

According to the Catechism, there are five precepts, though just a quick search of the Internet shows some think there are more. (The Church really doesn’t demand much from us.)

Alright, so Sunday, get to it. Go to Mass. Easy.

What about these Holy Days they speak of?

These days vary in the different Rites and by country.

In the United States, it even varies by diocese.

According to EWTN, beside Sunday (every Sunday), the Holy Days of obligation in the U.S. are:

1) January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
2) Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension
3) August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the  Blessed Virgin Mary
4) November 1, the solemnity of All Saints
5) December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
6) December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Canon lists 10 for the universal Church, including the six above plus:

The Epiphany, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, St. Joseph and Sts. Peter and Paul.

(I was at Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ by accident… a nice accident. I didn’t even look at my Catholic calendar and just went to Mass that day.)

Anyway, in Hawaii, the only Holy Days are the Nativity (Christmas) and the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Interesting, but local rule by Bishops and conference is another topic.

If any of the Holy Days occur on a Saturday or a Monday, they are typically transferred to the following or preceding Sunday (so you don’t have to go two days in a row).

Personal devotions

I have a few saints I depend on for prayer and help regularly, and I like to go to Mass on their memorial days. It’s another, special chance to say thank you for their hard work on my behalf.

I know St. Joseph was behind me finding my current job. St. Matthias is constantly coming up on my petitions. My guardian angel as well, during the feast of the guardian angels.

There are all sorts of Marian holidays and celebrations all over the calendar. Depending on your priest, he may choose to celebrate those memorials on selected weekdays or the major memorials.

I think if you’re close with your priest, you can ask and he’d oblige you.

These days all start to mean something with a serious Catholic calendar (that you look at!). But all the dates can be found online as well.


God bless.


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Missing Mass

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:


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