Sunday Mass Obligation: A Gift not a Rule

So, instead of wondering whether I needed to go to Mass, I began wondering whether I wanted to go to Mass. In other words, did God give us the Mass because it truly makes our lives better? Because if He did, then it should be high up on my priorities.

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I am Not Worthy: Accepting Infinite Love

We are not worthy of the heart of God for countless reasons and there’s nothing we can do to make us of deserving of that heart. You want to hear the good news? All of that does not matter.

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Healed in His Wounds: Freedom From Becoming Your own Savior

I knew that through Reconciliation my sins had been absolved, but I still didn’t feel like I had adequately “paid” for them.

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Why Mass is Better than Adoration

Perhaps the reason why so many of us feel like Adoration is better than Mass is because we anticipate and prepare our hearts. We walk in expecting a Heavenly experience. Do we do that for the Mass too?

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Seeking Fun and Finding Joy

I wasn’t unfamiliar with the sacraments but having them be the focus of each day was completely new to me.

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Worship: An Extraordinary Affair

Anywhere with the Body of Christ is a heavenly dwelling place, a face-to-face encounter with our love. My Church, our faith is something extraordinary. Let us never make it ordinary.

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See You in the Eucharist… No, Really.

For that hour of worship, the Church celebrates as one family. We stand eternally united and infinitely treasured, closer than ever before.

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At the Foot of the Cross

The past becomes our present, and at Mass we look forward to the great wedding feast in heaven.

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“Don’t Walk Into Mass Out of Shape”: What is “Mass Fitness”?

“Don’t walk into mass out of shape,” proclaims the bridge of the song “Mass Fitness” performed by some, gangly, shaved-eyebrow dude.

Well that Vanilla-Ice-looking dude is me. I love writing silly songs with catchy hooks and was asked to add a comedic spark to Life Teen’s semester on the Mass through song, dance, and video.

The original idea came from our Life Support Coordinator Joel Stepanek. He thought an 80’s style Richard Simmons workout video featuring specific movements that would get people in shape for Mass would be a fun introduction to the topic (since we all know there’s a lot of kneeling, sitting, and standing going on at Mass). I laughed just thinking about it and then suddenly got inspired to blow it up. So I wrote an original song, shot a music video (with the help of some wonderful and talented people), and decided to give it an early 90’s vibe instead.

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This Is My Body: One Girl’s Journey From Doubt to Belief

Joanna and I became friends in college, when I was a junior and she was a freshman. Her family had converted to Catholicism when she was a teenager and she struggled to embrace their new beliefs. I was a theology major who loved my Catholic faith and a good discussion. Joanna would often knock on my door, offer me a pudding snack, and spend hours grilling me about the Church.

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