"Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart." – Luke 2:19 (RSV)


Holy Mass


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Today I read an article titled ‘St. Francis De Sales’s guide to starting your day right‘ and it got me thinking of routines and how they relate to my spiritual life and my marriage.

The routines that my husband and I set in our total power exchange are many. But in the end, they all have one purpose, to help me call to mind the dynamic of our marriage.

In a similar way, routines in the spiritual life have the purpose of helping me call to mind how I am designed to be loved by God and to love Him in return. These routines, should I choose to adopt them, remind me that “You have made us for Yourself, oh Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You”. Routines in the spiritual life help me to be fully alive (St. Irenaeus said “the glory of God is a human being fully alive”).

A routine that I have the privilege of practicing now that I’m on uni holidays is going to daily Mass. I used to take Mass for granted in the past but now that I appreciate it more I treasure every opportunity I get to attend. I have noticed that the routine of attending daily Mass has made a huge difference in my life. When I go for Mass in the morning, the rest of the day is more likely to be ordered right. Being able to receive the Real Presence of Jesus in Holy Communion is such a precious opportunity and it makes every morning a blessed one.

One of the routines that I have been really drawn to is praying the Angelus when I wake up. The Angelus is such a beautiful prayer and I’m so grateful that I had been introduced to it a few days ago. It is so quick to pray but yet captures the very heart of Catholicism; Jesus’ incarnation and Mary’s fiat.


Why I love the Extraordinary (Latin) form of the Mass

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I love the Latin Mass so much! It is surprising to me that I do because the whole Mass is in Latin and I don’t understand Latin at all. But this is precisely the reason why I love the Latin Mass.

Because I cannot understand the prayers that are being said during the Mass, I can say to Jesus “I want to pray what the priest prays”. And just like a child who is unable to speak, I can spend the Mass in silence uniting myself with the prayers of the priest and allowing Jesus and Mary to form my soul.

In the Latin Mass I am able to be more childlike than in the Ordinary (English) form of the Mass because I don’t understand the language! I just have to trust the priest, Jesus and Mary to lead me in prayer to a greater extent than if I did understand the words being said.

And because I can be more childlike, my soul is able to accept more readily and eagerly the graces that Jesus wants to pour out on souls especially during Holy Mass.

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