By now, Thursday's 'tomorrow' is today's yesterday. And I didn't start the Novena.
Guilt, Shame, and Parchisi Wednesday NightDoes that mean that I'm wracked with guilt and shame, shuddering in abject horror at the unpardonable affront that I've committed?
No. Not hardly.
The Divine Mercy Novena is:
- A good idea
- In my opinion
- Something Catholics may do
- Not something Catholics have to do
- "Unity, Diversity, and Being Catholic"
(August 26, 2010)
That's a silly hypothetical example. At least, I hope it is. A bit more seriously, I've found that there are folks who have rather definite - and probably quite sincere - notions about what the Catholic Church 'really' says. Notions that may reflect their own personal preferences, or local custom - but which didn't come from the Holy See.
As I've said before, with more than 1,000,000,000 Catholics living today - some of us are going to be a bit bonkers. Just like any other enormous, diverse group.
Novena Optional, Mass ObligatoryLike I said, doing the Divine Mercy Novena, a nine-day prayer starting yesterday and wrapping up on Divine Mercy Sunday, is optional.
Celebrating Mass that Sunday - is not-so-optional. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2180) I've written about that sort of thing before, too. (October 9, 2010)
Divine Mercy Devotion was fairly wide-spread in the Church, before a Polish Pope caught some glitches in a translation of Saint Faustina's diary - and that's almost another topic.
Anyway, Divine Mercy Sunday is part of the calendar now - the second Sunday of Easter. Pope Benedict XVI will be celebrating it at St. Peter's Square May 1, 2011. And we'll be celebrating Mass that day at Our Lady of the Angels Church, here in Sauk Centre.
Which means that, as I understand it, we'll be at the Mass at St. Peter's Square, too, and the Passover meal we call the Last Supper, and Golgotha - in a way. (Catechism, 1326, 1330, 1545)
- "Called to Holiness, Not Stupidity"
(February 6, 2011)
- "Second Sunday of Easter 2010: and Mercy Sunday"
(April 11, 2010)
- "Poland's President Dead: People Live and People Die, and I Don't Know Why"
(April 11, 2010)
- "Coming Up: Divine Mercy Sunday"
(April 9, 2010)
- "Divine Mercy Sunday: a Few Words, a Link or Two"
(April 19, 2009)
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, about the Eucharist
(Not a comprehensive list)
- "Father Michał Sopoćko (1888-1975)"
- The Divine Mercy
Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
- "H. Exc. Mons. Martin Igwemezie UZOUKWU, Bishop of Minna (NIGERIA)"
II Ordinary Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, Synodus Episcoporum Bulletin (October 4-25, 2009)
- "Novena to The Divine Mercy, According to the Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska"
The Divine Mercy Devotion in Sauk Centre, Minnesota
(on Brendan's Island, a personal website I maintain)