|That which is sacred and deserves all our attention|
I love going to church and being in the presence of Our Eucharistic Lord. But I am a weak human being, and sometimes, human thoughts supersede my focus on the Holy Sacrifice that takes place at the altar. Somewhere between the time Father was placing the consecrated Host on the corporal and when he lifted the chalice, I lost my concentration. I thought I'd go to Mass a little hungry yesterday and add an element of sacrifice, and the result was that I caught myself thinking of what I would have for lunch when I got home.
What a loser.
I wonder sometimes why God does what He does for us. It's bad enough that I lack the discipline to pay Him homage as I should, but then I go a step further in the wrong direction and try to assign human flaws and failings to Him.
I have no trouble believing in the Real Presence, so why can't I accord Jesus in the Eucharist the attention He deserves? If there is any time to pay rapt attention and adore the Lord, it is during the Canon of the Mass.
So I once again ask for your help. I'd like to think I love the Lord so much that I don't need help in this regard, but I do. How do you clear such distracting thoughts from your mind?
I know that St. Teresa of Avila once said we should treat distractions like bees that we wave away. Bees while you're praying are one thing. Bees during the most critical part of the Mass are another.