Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Celebrating Mass, Flossing My Teeth

I went to Mass last Sunday: and expect to do so again next Sunday. I'm a Catholic, so it's something I have to do. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2181)

It's not like anybody's going to hunt me down if I don't go, though.

I also "have to" brush and floss my teeth on a regular basis. Again, there are alternatives.

But if I chose to stop cleaning my teeth regularly, I'd start experiencing some memorable taste sensations: followed by discomfort, distress, and (most likely) missing teeth.

So, I brush and floss regularly.

If I chose to stop attending Mass regularly - and skipped the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession - I wouldn't get bad breath. At least, not because I was ignoring spiritual maintenance. I would, however, start collecting a serious buildup of crud in my soul.

That's not speculation: I'm a convert, and I remember 'before' and 'after.'

So, does that mean that I feel all Saved and Cleansed each Sunday morning: shouting "Hal-le-lu-ya!!" all the way down the aisle?

Hardly.

I don't get all gushy about flossing my teeth, either. But I do it, anyway.

Come to think of it, wouldn't it be a trifle disturbing if someone got emotionally worked up over dental hygiene?

Just Another Sunday Morning

By the time my family and I get to Our Lady of the Angels church, here in Sauk Centre, folks have usually started saying a before-Mass Rosary. I join in, picking up wherever they're at. As far as I know, there isn't a rule about that - It's just a habit I've picked up.


Before Mass at Our Lady of the Angels, Sauk Centre, Minnesota. October 17, 2010.

I took that photo before Mass started last Sunday. Nothing special going on: apart from the pre-Eucharist Rosary.

"Eucharist," by the way is an older - and somewhat more technical - term for what we usually call "Mass" in this country. ("Glossary of Church Terms," Office of Media Relations, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

And that's another topic.

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2 comments:

cbellace said...

There is much you can heal through prayer and the rosary. I found a great website that has a link that allows you to pray the rosary with others. It is just fantastic and I feel it is important to share good finds with others.

http://www.therosarycellar.com/pray_the_rosary

God Bless!

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

cbellace,

Thanks for sharing that.

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