FROM SETON - HOW ARE YOU DOING AS A FAMILY? - PART I
FROM SETON - HOW ARE YOU DOING AS A FAMILY? -
Family in close proximity for an extended period of time can be taxing, to say the least. Perhaps you are beginning to feel increased anxiety about a number of things. A suggestion: try
praying instead of stressing.
During this time when you are unable to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we encourage you to first talk with one another and the children frankly about the great honor and duty it is to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every Sunday.
Most are not aware that our normal duty is not to receive Holy Communion, but rather to assist at Mass, praying and actually lifting up our hearts with Christ crucified in His eternal sacrifice to the Father.
In the light of this duty being
relieved and public Masses
canceled, it’s also important to talk about the historical precedents for Mass being unavailable:
1) because of priest shortages in mission areas
2) during persecutions such as the French Revolution, the penal times in Ireland, and various political attacks on the Church, most notably in Spain and Mexico.
Living in America, where religious practice is free and unhindered and priests are plentiful, we fail to reflect on how privileged we are to have Mass available daily. We take so much for granted, and often do not
what we have until it is
or gone altogether.
I also encourage you to make a concerted effort to keep holy the Sabbath Day (Sunday for Christians, the Day of Jesus’ Resurrection). Sunday should be a special day devoted to faith and family, even in times of confinement.
Praying for you and your family,
on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:04AM