I've heard the following statements, or some variation, from friends and acquaintences over the years: "Mass is too long." "Catholics always look bored." "You guys just do the same things over and over." But... is Mass really too long? Are Catholics all super bored? Is doing the same thing over and over again really that … Continue reading Isn’t Being Catholic Repetitive and Boring?
Many aspects of Cathoicism, especially the Sacraments, are meant as a way for us to experience God both spiritually and physically. The idea is that God knows we are a body/soul composite, and therefore has given us the Sacraments for the benefits of both of these parts of our being. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, for example, … Continue reading Catholic 101: Talking With Our Hands. The Sign Of The Cross In And Around The Catholic Mass
Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Down. Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Whew! Non-Catholics attending a Catholic Mass think a lot of things about the different postures Catholics take. Things like "Oh, up we go again." And "Why are we kneeling?" And "Is it wrong if I kneel with my butt still on the seat, especially if I'm … Continue reading Catholic 101: Make up your minds already! The sitting, standing, and kneeling of Mass
I, Lorelei, have been a part of leading worship at church since I was about 12 years old. I'm 30 now, so 18 years. There are few things I can say I've done that long! Walking, riding a bike, eating copious amounts of chocolate in various forms, maybe. But not much else. Now, being Catholic, … Continue reading Catholic 101: Leading Worship and Catholic Mass
For some, Mass is a beautifully rich time of spiritual reflection and growth. For others, Mass is confusing! Sit, stand, sit, stand, kneel stand. Lots of sayings and responses that are difficult to follow along with if you aren't Catholic. So, in light of a desire to shed some light on Mass, here are 5 … Continue reading Catholic 101: 5 Cool Facts about Catholic Mass