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Keep Holy The Sabbath Day


Postcard from a friend
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

In Jerusalem, the Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday evening at sundown.  Traffic disappears from the boulevards.  All business shops close.  A grand silence falls on the City.  Shortly afterwards, huge crowds of Jewish people, dressed in their best clothes, fill the boulevards on their way to pray at the Wailing Wall in the Old City.  I have often witnessed this inspiring start of the Jewish Sabbath.

My Christian Sabbath, in Chicago, became more precious to me.  Of course, here in the USA, because of our many cultures, we can’t shut down all activities.  However, we, as individuals, can shut down our minds in some ways to give attention to God.  For example, we can avoid shopping, cutting the lawn, and washing the car.

In His Wisdom, God gave us the commandment, “Keep Holy The Sabbath Day.”  On this one Special Day, we can rest from the stress of work days, and think of the good of our souls.  Make the Great Prayer of the Sabbath Day be our faithful attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Keep God alive in our hearts and community!

I suggest some ways to keep alive in our hearts the beauty and richness of the Mass.  Cardinal Newman said, “It’s the Mass that matters.”  Consider that God give us 168 hours in the week and only asks us to give him one hour of worship in all those days.  Rejoice in our hearts to go and give Our Creator the Perfect Sacrifice of His Son.

Try to arrive at Church 15 minutes before Mass begins to settle our mind.  Come dressed in our best or near best clothes in honor of the Great Happening about to take place.  Get a seat close to the altar.  Read the Scriptures of the day.  We can ask ourselves, “What is God going to say to me today?”  Yes, the Scriptures are God’s message to us today, not just for people 2000 years ago.

God will speak to us in other ways, in the words of the Mass or the homily.  We can go home with powerful thoughts to help us through the week ahead.  If possible, stay after Mass to speak with the Eucharistic Christ still present in our hearts.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 21, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins

5 Comments »

  1. Beautiful Fr. George! This should be enclosed in every Sunday bulletin! What a call to enrichen our faith and hearts as we come to be with Him, as He invites us to share His Eucharistic Celebration! May His Love fill our hearts that we may know He more deeply and share Him completely with all those we meet!

    With love & gratitude for the gift of your priesthood to our world! Marianne

    Comment by mc simms | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  2. Beautiful, wonderful, and timely. Only think of the great irreverence for Holy Mass since the Vatican Council. A young Catholic of today cannot even comprehend how holy Mass once was! God bless you, Father George.

    Comment by Joseph C Owens | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  3. Thank you for taking your time to inspire all of us. I have been sending these on to my sons. Thanks again viv

    Comment by vivian | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  4. I BELIEVE IN THAT OLD WAY.TODAY PEOPLE COME TO CHURCH IN SHORTS & FLIP FLOPS.NO RESPECT.IT DOES NOT TAKE LONG TO CHANGE CLOTHES AFTER MASS.FOR COOLER ATTIRE.

    Comment by GEORGE LUX | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  5. Your words hold true. Even more I love the picture of Notre Dame Cathedral

    Comment by SharnEnterprisesInc | July 24, 2012 | Reply


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