We think the journal is a brilliant idea. As Sean and Deacon Chris mentioned, it is about giving and opening our hearts to God's message. He knows exactly what we need. It is also true that the Holy Spirit reveals to us a particular message about what we need to become the better version of ourselves, even when at times we get distracted by our kids (OK, not at times, always!) or other things going on, we feel there's almost no way to escape that specific message, if we truly open our hearts and if we feel the desire to hear it. Thanks to our Deacon Steve for a great homily and explanation about how mass is ALL based on the Scripture, and about how we can even discover God's message by looking around during mass. As we discussed this particular module at home we realized how special the mass is, and how blessed we are to have it available on a daily basis and so close. I always think about my dad who had to hike two hours each way, barefoot, to be able to go to mass...We are so blessed!
I have my journal and started it last week. I hope this will help me find my weaknesses and strengths in my faith experience. From the time I was a child, I loved the Mass. Maybe not for all the right reasons but it still called me to church. I was in awe of the alter, the vestments, candles, incense, statues, and kneeling to receive communion. My missal had fascinating pictures and prayers. years later, now, even leaving the church for a while I came back...could not stay away. I wanted to know more about the Mass and Catholicism in general. I went to bible studies, discussions, read books and became involved. It has been a gift that I continue to unwrap. If for some reason I have really not been able to attend, I feel lonely inside for the rest of the week. I am a word person and the prayers are so precious to me, I'd like to be able to hear them several times a day. The Mass is such a wonderful way to celebrate with others. However, I will say, that being single I've often sat alone in a pew. I just keep focusing on the Mass. I wouldn't miss it for anything.
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