Sunday, January 3, 2010

Starting The New Year Off Right

Many thanks to dear Father Check for holding a Family Holy Hour this evening at St. Monica's. Father gave a very insightful reflection on how we should attend Mass: as Mary, St. John and St. Mary Magdalene attended Jesus at the foot of His cross. How many devotions do I practice that become routine with a lack of attention to Jesus? How many times at Mass does my mind wander? How many times do I enter church, only to be so distracted by other people that I neglect to properly greet the Lord immediately upon entering church?

Yesterday, my pastor gave a sermon on the meaning of an Epiphany and how we can use every single Mass we attend to become more transformed by Christ. It can only happen if we give Jesus the attention He alone is worthy of at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The altar is not only the Holy Table, it is also the Cross and the Tomb. If the Eucharist represents one Salvific moment commemorating the Last Supper, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, it behooves us to give the Lord all our mind and heart at every Mass and every Holy Hour. Easier said than done for me but it's something I certainly know I must work on.

With that said, it's never a bad idea to take stock of our daily devotions and see how much more we can do. If praying the Rosary isn't part of your daily devotions, do try to make it one, even it means you have to recite it a decade here and there throughout the day. Don't waste a minute on idle thoughts or activities if you haven't been successful in praying the Rosary every day. If you do pray the Rosary every day, try as best you can to pray it in front of the Blessed Sacrament every opportunity you get. There is a plenary indulgence gained for a half hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, with the usual conditions attached, of course. Every devotion to Our Lady is not meant for adoration of her but to please her by adoring her Divine Son. What a wonderful way of consoling her by praying her Rosary before her Son in the Eucharist.

I would also highly recommend praying the Chaplet to St. Michael at least once a week, more if possible. In a future thread, I will post the chaplet here. It isn't necessary to pray it on beads, though it does help to keep track of where you are. Along with Daily Mass, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Chaplet to St. Michael are powerful spiritual weapons at our disposal that we should use every opportunity we have.

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