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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Monday, February 23, 2015

Your Hearts, Works, Joys and Sorrows Belong on the Paten

What a treasure trove of wisdom and spiritual insight our Church has accumulated over the centuries! The problem is that there are so many jewels, we forget what and where they are. 

How fortunate I was to stumble upon this gem, written more than four centuries ago:

May more of our priests follow the good Cardinal's excellent suggestion.

I also believe this is sound advice for us lay folk. Nothing prevents us from prayerfully offering Jesus our hearts, works, joys and sorrows each day at Mass when the priest, as alter Christus, lifts the paten in his sacred and venerable hands. 

This is not a novel idea. Many make such offerings daily in the privacy of their homes or in their cars on the way to work.  Why not join those prayers with those of the priest at Mass? A number of spiritual writers have made similar suggestions. 

This is a pretty simple thing to do - silently from your pew. It strikes me as a powerful and appropriate way for the laity to more "actively participate" in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

What do you think?

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