There is something about a new, fresh warm cup of coffee.
So, coffee is in cup. What’s next?
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The steeple chase on Saturday went so well!
I gave away my Blessed John Paul II Rosary (that I loved!) to a 19-year-old girl that I talked to the whole day. Before I left, I switched the Rosary I was carrying in my jacket for that one. I had this feeling that I would want the JP2 one for some reason. I didn’t feel sad about giving it away at all. She wanted to learn to pray the Rosary, and I hope that helps her. She was a blessing to talk to.
I posted some photos yesterday of the Steeple Chase. Check those out.
I’m going to be creating my own steeple chase soon, that I’ll post here with a list of churches in Milwaukee and routes. I think it’ll be something I do on my own. And get some real prayer in.
Looking over 1 and 2, I realize that these quick takes are focused on me. A lot. That’s not the greatest thing.
I want to work on that… so…
I’m keeping an updated prayer list on my Evernote account and will add them here.
Travis, Jenny from the steeple chase and my coworker’s fiancé. Pray for them.
Does anyone link up their menus? I’ve seen a few blogs that do it… I’m thinking about it. Then I can share the blogs that I steal use recipes from. Maybe I can add more food photography, too.
I’m falling behind on my Lenten Observations.
It’s hard. (complaint)
I’ve been sick and not wanting to do anything really… even I don’t believe my “excuses.”
I’m going to catch up this weekend… well, no. I don’t need to catch up. I just need to get on track again. It’s not about some huge penance I need to make because I missed several days of Rosary. I should be going toward it with an open heart, out of love not obligation. That’s the attitude I want.
I only have to work until 12 today! Then, drive for 3 hours and work some more. Ho hum.
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Like every other Catholic, I’ve been thinking about what I would abstain from during Lent this year.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Quiet time starting your day. Or ending it. It’s hard to get away. Mass makes it easy.
- 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.
- Making friends and connections. We pray for each other at Mass. And when we see each other, we remember.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.