#MyMassTakeaway for June 23, 2019, Corpus Christi. Cover photo by For the Taking Photography.
Do you have one of those phrases that pumps you up every time you hear it? I do.
In the liturgy of baptism, after the parents profess the baptismal vows, the priest prays, “This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen.
There’s something about the string of I do’s followed by the simple phrase “This is the faith” that rocks me to my core.
I want to stand up and clap and cheer and shout and hoot and holler.
It’s hard to explain.
Continue reading “Our Rallying Cry: This is the Faith”
#MyMassTakeaway for June 2, 2019 – which could be the Ascension, or the Sunday after the Ascension, depending on your diocese.
We were on our way to Mass, and the road was closed ahead. We took a right turn. Then a left.
The road was still closed.
Another right and another left.
We saw the steeple ahead of us and decided to drive up close to the caution tape and check out the situation.
It was a road race.
Continue reading “Overcoming Roadblocks to Worship: Keep Sundays Sacred”
#MyMassTakeaway for Sixth Sunday of Easter.
I was so excited to browse through this week’s participants in the My Mass Takeaway linkup and discover that someone from Austria joined with their thoughts!
The Church is so beautiful in its unity and universality.
Every Catholic, all around the world, goes to Mass on Sunday to worship and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
Continue reading “The Beautiful Unity of the Church Is Seen in the Mass”
#MyMassTakeaway… We found a Latin Mass! 4th Sunday of Easter.
We recently discovered there is Latin Mass in our area, and we tried it today. I noticed that the readings are different from the NO readings so I’ll cite it for you.
James 1:17-21. One of the things I love about the letters in the NT is how they are sometimes addressed, “Beloved.” Even when they’re giving admonishment or correction.
Whenever I hear beloved, it strikes me at how charitable the apostles are in their correction. I’m reminded of the gentleness of God’s correction and the gift of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
And I’m always drawn to reflect if I give the same mercy and understanding when I’m called to the task of correction in parenting.
Continue reading “Dearly Beloved – An Anger-Free Parenting Model”
#MyMassTakeaway for Fourth Sunday of Easter.
At Mass today, one-year-old Legend didn’t want to sit. Didn’t want me to hold him. Didn’t want to be quiet.
He wanted to walk around (he can walk now) and be independent and play.
I tried to keep him happy for a while with quiet toys but he wasn’t having it. So I gave in and made the hike to the narthex.
He walked back and forth, happy at last.
Continue reading “Thank You God for Motherhood. Today I Honor You.”
#MyMassTakeaway for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.
Today I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the poor apostles in their confusion.
First, they thought Jesus communicated very clearly to be ready for a fight. They heard him say to go out and buy swords.
Continue reading “How to conquer the Challenge of Discernment: Pause to Pray”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday in Lent.
As a hungry teen in my mom’s kitchen, I would often sample the pantry.
“I don’t know what I’m hungry for.”
I’d eat a cookie, a handful of chips, a few crackers, a piece of chocolate. Nothing satisfied.
And then my mom would offer me something, “Can I make you an omelet?”
My mom makes the best omelets. Stuffed with veggie and cheese and cooked just right to perfect fluffiness and deliciousness.
The real food she offered me – nutritious, healthy, and yummy – always satisfied.
Continue reading “I’ll Be Here – Come Back When You’re Ready”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 3rd Sunday in Lent.
Moses reacts to the burning bush in a way I never would.
Something uncomfortable and inexplicable happened in Moses’ life, right in front of his eyes. A bush was engulfed in flames, but it didn’t burn.
I would have been out of there so fast.
No way would I have gone and taken a closer look. But Moses didn’t run away. Moses entered into the mystery.
Continue reading “Facing Fears: Draw Near to the Burning Bush”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 2nd Sunday in Lent.
I just love St. Peter. He’s the guy to turn to when we feel like we’re getting it all wrong. Chances are, he’s been there done that.
Peter denied Jesus, rebuked Jesus, lost faith in the middle of a miracle and began to drown. Even Saint Paul had to tell Peter what’s what once in a while.
Despite all Peter’s shortcomings, though, Jesus called Peter the Rock. He built the Church on Peter, and left Peter to take care of it.
If Peter, with all his faults and shortcomings, can be the Rock on which Christ’s Church is built, then there’s hope for me to be who Christ is calling me to be, too.
Let’s take a look at what Peter’s up to, today.
Continue reading “The Gospel in Which God Tells Peter to Shut it.”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time. This post contains amazon affiliate links. If you purchase through the links, I make a small percentage at no extra cost to you.
First of all, could these planks and splinters not be sticking out of eyes please? Cringe-city over here.
It doesn’t matter what size the wood is – if it’s in your EYE we have a major problem.
And for that matter, you shouldn’t by trying to take a sliver out of your friend’s eye, regardless of what’s in your own. Keep your tweezers away from my eye-splinters, thank you very much.
That job is for a qualified surgeon.
Continue reading “God: the only surgeon qualified to remove splinters (and boards) from eyes”