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Day 20: The Catholic Mass

 


massI went to a funeral today. 

It was beautiful.

I have to say, today…I’m thankful for the Catholic Mass.

Maybe it was because I was feeling emotional, maybe it was because I could actually see the priest, maybe it was because he was so genuine and engaged and passionate.  Whatever the reason, I sat there thinking the Mass is really beautiful.

The way the priest held up the body and blood of Christ and repeated the words that Jesus spoke, “Take this all of you and eat it, this is my body which has been given up for you…when the supper was ended he took the cup, again he gave thanks and praise, handing the cup to his disciples he said…” If you are Catholic, you are reading along with this and can continue to recite the whole thing.  It’s in our heads and in our hearts.

Sometimes, it’s just in our heads.

But today, it was in my heart.  I felt those words.  I felt Jesus saying them.  I felt that bread and wine being transformed.  I was there.  With him.  I felt his love.

I felt His love for me. I felt His love for my dear friend who lost her mom.  I felt His love for her mom.  I pictured her with Jesus at the table in heaven.  I felt Him loving all of us.  Sacrificing for all of us. Saving all of us.

The words we say at Mass aren’t just words.  They are real.  They are powerful. They transform.

So when we lose someone we love and we are sorrowful, we remember His promise that we will be with Him in heaven one day.  We remember the words from John 14:2-4,  “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Can you feel those words?  Can you see that place?  

Can you feel that He goes before us and prepares the way?   

He does.

The Mass ended with “How Great Thou Art” which was amazing.  I found a version on line I had to share.

I hope you can feel it. 

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big YES™  All Rights Reserved

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And now we state the obvious…

 

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I love books.

I’m grateful for books.  All of them.  Cook books, comic books, love stories, mysteries, self-help books, spiritual books, yoga books, little books, big books, poetry books, old crickety smelly books, shiny new hard cover hot off the presses books.

I love THE Book of course, the Holy Bible.  I LOVE IT because God speaks through it and lots of other reasons.  I love it because it’s not actually one book, it’s many books so it’s a library which I love because in libraries we can never be bored, or judged, or stuck.  We can soar in libraries and when we read the Bible too.  SOAR.

I love libraries because you walk in and just feel…”Ahhhhhhh….”.  The quietness and the smell and the BOOKS…it’s so good.   You can be TRANSPORTED all over the universe when you are just sitting in your chair.  LIVES CHANGE in libraries.  I’m grateful for libraries.

I imagine Heaven has lots of books…lots of libraries and cozy nooks filled with piles of books and comfy chairs and soft blankets and time.  Lots of time.  There’s no rush.  No hurry.  Just melt into that story and be well.

Let’s give a shout out to all the authors out there who bleed into the pages, who open their hearts and pour the contents out, who bravely enter the arena and fight, who can’t possibly know what their words will mean, what weight they will carry, whose lives they will change.  Yes, authors, we are grateful.

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I could go on and on but I want to have time to read.

God, thank you for books and authors and libraries.

God, Thank you for your WORD which gives life.

I am so grateful.

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big YES™  All Rights Reserved

The Actor’s Studio

The Academy Awards are tonight!! Yippee!! Seriously, this is like the Superbowl for me.  I LOVE IT! Soon I will be hunkered down with my Twizzlers and my Peanut m&ms to watch the stars arrive on the red carpet.  I’m hoping that one day I can be there in person.  It’s on my bucket list. 

I also love that show, “Inside the Actor’s Studio”.  I haven’t watched in awhile (is it on anymore?) but we used to watch all the time.  My favorite part was at the end when the host, James Lipton, asked the questions that were created by Bernard Pivot.  He always said “Pivot” in such an annoying manner.  He was very dramatic. Saturday Night Live even did some funny skits about the show. Anyway, the questions were good. 

One time I had a dinner party and put one question under each plate.  We went around and everyone had to answer their question.  It was fun.  (Actually, I thought it was fun.  My friends may have just been playing along hoping they’d get some food soon.)

Here are the questions:

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on?
  4. What turns you off?
  5. What sound or noise do you love?
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
  7. What is your favorite curse word?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

My favorite question was #10.  People’s answers to this question were priceless.  Often, these famous actors were moved to tears.  Others were condescending about the whole thing.  They were thinking, “I’m way too well read to think there is a heaven or a God but I’ll humor this fool.”  You could tell a lot about their personalities and psyches with this question… which is why it’s brilliant.  You felt like you got a glimpse inside the person. 

 What would you say?  What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2O6g5G5Fi8 This is a link to part of the interview with Mark Wahlberg on Inside the Actor’s Studio.  He has an interesting story and a great answer to my favorite question.  Enjoy!