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1/168th: Another Way of Looking at Sunday Mass

When we think of our duty to worship God on Sundays, we probably consider the time we are “giving” to Him. Sunday Mass takes on average about an hour – some places less, some places more – or approximately 1/168th of our week. Even so, this minimum requirement of the Church to worship God each Sunday is not so minimal to some (we know that less than 25% of baptized Catholics in the U.S. attend Mass every week). And while it is true that many make sacrifices to attend Mass in the midst of the …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Mark 12:38-44 In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also …

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Keeping Sabbath

I can recall late one wintry Sunday evening my wife complaining of an upset stomach. The remedy for her is a glass of 7UP. I went to the basement but, alas, we had none. So, like a dutiful husband, I went out in the cold in search of that elixir of all sodas. My first impulse was the nearest UDF, but that was closed. Was it really that late? A quick check of my watch confirmed it: after midnight. So, further on I trudged through the snow (in my warm SUV) like my ancestors in …

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