I went to Mass yesterday morning (Wednesday) and here are a few of the million things that passed through my head:
- I wonder where that guy I saw yesterday is sitting. (Shift body angle to look around)
- Who is sitting behind me? He was an accent or something going on.
- I hope the priest kneels when he gets the already consecrated Body of Christ… oh good. he did. I hate when they don’t do that.
- Where do all these old women buy their coats?
- I should have brought my Rosary.
- Yes, I’m definitely going grocery shopping this afternoon. And I need a new can opener.
- And lighters. And some candles. I love candles.
- Did I turn the heat down before I left my apartment?
- I wonder how long my cat is going to be clingy at the new place.
- Don’t think about him (as I think about my ex-boyfriend).
- It’s like I want to date an old man or something (because I want someone who is financially responsible and courteous).
- My grandpa is a great man.
- I forgot to send my grandma a birthday card! Yikes! Today is her birthday!
- I really want to bake some bread (part of my 28 in 28 list) today… but I’m on that diet.
- What are these clip things for on the back of the pews?
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!