Top 5 Moments at Mass

Everyone has a favorite scene in their beloved movies or a catchy line in their favorite song. But what about your weekend faith pilgrimage – doesn’t that deserve a top 5 list of its own? I think so as well, so let’s see if the Gloria or the creed or the homily break into the top 5 best moments in Mass. And what comes out as the pinnacle? Is it the donuts and social time afterward? My boy would vote for that.

So,  here we go – my personal favorites for the five best moments in the Mass.

Number 5 – The Sign of Peace.

I’ll call myself out on this one. I like seeing my friends and acquaintances at Mass. It’s a double bonus if they are sitting close enough to shake hands with during the sign of peace. It is also a nice chance to show my kids some extra affection.

Continue reading “Top 5 Moments at Mass”

Forgiveness and The Lord’s Prayer

I’m Italian, so forgiveness is not my strong suit. You wanna be force fed some pasta, regardless of when your last meal was, I’m your man!

In the book of Matthew there’s a passage (MT 18: 21-35) that discusses a story about a King who, through mercy, decides to forgive a debt owed to him by one of his servants. Yet later in the story, that same servant is confronted by someone else who owes him a debt. Unlike the King, the servant is unwilling to forgive the debt and orders the person to be thrown into prison.

As I blame my ancestry on my inability to forgive sin, I wonder how many of us are in the same boat. Do you ask for forgiveness while not being able to grant it, like the servant in Matthew? As I thought about the story from Matthew and God’s message about how our forgiveness is tied to that of God’s forgiveness,  I’m reminded of my failings every time I say The Lord’s Prayer (one line in particular). This led to me wonder how well I know all the versus of The Lord’s Prayer. Below is an outline of The Lord’s Prayer from Ruth Ann a Professed Lay Carmelite. Continue reading “Forgiveness and The Lord’s Prayer”

Crossover Blog on the Eucharist

One of my young fiddle students told me how to navigate crossover episodes. It is pretty fun, you watch a TV episode of The Flash, it then continues on Arrow and finishes on Legends of Tomorrow. So this is my lame attempt at a crossover blog from Dane’s post on A Case for Eucharist Piety. Of course I am doing this months later, instead of coordinating and syncing up the following week.  Also, the transition from his blog is rather weak and nowhere close to seamless. So the good news is, you can start reading this now, you won’t be at all lost. Well, scratch that. You may already be lost after reading this lousy introduction. I promise it gets better though!  Continue reading “Crossover Blog on the Eucharist”

Strength in Numbers

Goodfellas -1990

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18)

Hopefully the image is easily recognized from the classic mafia movie Goodfellas. Although the families in such movies (i.e. Corleone family in The Godfather) are usually Roman Catholic, there’s not much they do together where you picture Christ being “in the midst of them”. However, that’s not the reason I decided to use that image. Continue reading “Strength in Numbers”

3 Crosses You Shouldn’t Carry

As my father in-law sat at his wife’s death bed, he confessed the two prayers he had to the priest who later performed the burial service for my mother in-law. The first, he wanted to be present at the moment when she passed. After a life of ‘for better or worse’, he wanted to be there for the ‘death do us part.’ His second prayer, he asked God that he may take her time in purgatory. He wanted his wife to forgo the painful cleansing process and whatever “time” she would have spent there, he wanted it added to his time in purgatory. I spent weeks thinking about those two prayers, especially the latter. In that one sentence, he redefined the ends to which love should go. Continue reading “3 Crosses You Shouldn’t Carry”