Dear Quad Parishes Family:
I hope that all of you and your families had a great holiday and, for you hunters, a successful hunt. Of course, family gathered at my son’s again. I’m sure it was fun, but since the bulletin deadline is 11/21, I am taking it on faith.
Tristan taught me, or pointed out something about time and focus and value. I don’t know about you, but when I was a young parent and it was time to rock or feed the baby, I was usually mentally somewhere else. Typically I was thinking of the next thing that needed to be done. At I was rocking Tristan for his nap, I realized that I was totally relaxed and completely focused on my task. There was a peace and sense of calm at that moment as I thought “this is what people talk about when they describe centering!” This is the beauty of paying attention to the moment.
Interestingly enough, that thought was further reinforced by my reading of Matthew Kelly’s “Rediscovering.Catholicism”, Kelly talks about the complaints that are frequently heard about the Mass; it’s boring, too long,the music is old fashioned, etc. I agree with his observation that the real problem may be that people are not paying real attention. The reason I say that goes back to the first few Masses I assisted at after ordination. I was so awestruck I could barely remember what came next. I was standing in the presence of my God-literally! Thankfully Fr. Don had given me the key to staying focused on my duties. Not only did my presence in the Divine Presence put me in awe, but the beauty of the words/prayers shocked me. Like most people mentioned by Kelly, I just had listened to the words waiting to get to the Our Father. My friends, if you want to grow your relationship with God, listen to ALL of the words we say, sing or hear. I can guarantee it will set the pace of your Advent and enrich your spiritual journey.
Peace & Blessings,