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September 19, 2018

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of our Lord remain always with us!

Today I would like to begin a “discussion” with you about the most important part of our Catholic lives: The Divine Liturgy: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There is a great deal to consider when we discuss and pray about the Liturgy. Let’s begin by posing this question: “What would a non-Catholic Christian see from our example if they watched us in the Church at Mass?” 

 Do we see Sunday as a joyful occasion that we have the privilege to participate in as sons and daughters of Christ?

  1. Is Sunday special – different from all other days?
  2. Do we dress for Mass not by putting on whatever clothes happen to be available, but by dressing outwardly and inwardly for the wedding feast of the Lamb?
  3. Do we realize each one of us was created by God to worship Him and that all time belongs to Him? Or, do we begrudge Him one hour of our week for Mass?
  4. Do we arrive early for Mass to pray, focus and prepare for the most important thing we do each week? Or, are we running around like a chicken with its head cut off sailing into Mass distracted and not ready to pray? [Parents, I totally get it that with 2, 3, 4, or 5 children running around is a way of life! Thank God for baby sitting at the 9 am Mass!]
  5. Mass is not a spectator sport. The fruitfulness of the Mass within us depends on the disposition of our heart that we bring to it. We have to choose to engage it by disciplining our wandering minds by focusing on every word, gesture and ceremony of the Mass.
  6. Are we watching the Mass with eyes of faith?
  7. Are we listening to Mass with ears and hearts open to the truth proclaimed in the readings and prayers?
  8. Do we receive Holy Communion with reverence and devotion?

Let me know your thoughts about these ideas. Our discussion will continue next week.

Until we meet at the altar, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to Thee!


In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, OP



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