From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, (Paragraph 1999):

“The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his one life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it.”

I have been out of work for the last 6 weeks. While I have spent most all of the days looking for work, I made a decision to spend a small part of every morning attending daily Mass. So starting with Divine Mercy Sunday, I attended 31 consecutive days of Mass.

It has been 31 days of praise and worship, 31 days of repentance and forgiveness, 31 days of joy and faithfulness. Thirty-one days of grace in the sacraments of Holy Communion and Reconciliation. Thirty-one days of thanksgiving, and petition, of offering prayers for the unemployed, prayers for two women I know with advanced stage breast cancer, and prayers for fallen away Catholics.

Why do I write about my attending 31 days of Mass? To hopefully inspire you to do the same. If you are unemployed, or retired, give serious consideration to attending daily Mass. If you are working full time you could try to do 31 days, or a shorter period, perhaps just three consecutive days. Friday-Saturday-Sunday. Another idea is to commit to a nine day “Mass Novena”. Starting on a Saturday and for the next nine consecutive days attend Mass. This would require just five days of Mass and work along with four weekend days of Mass. Just nine days of getting up a little earlier than normal as a gift to God. Another option is to attend Mass one day each week, for example every Friday for nine consecutive weeks, or the first Friday for nine consecutive months.

Check your parish’s daily Mass schedule. Check other parishes near your home for a 6:30 am or 7:00 am Mass. Look for a parish close to where you work and attend there. Some Parishes in the downtown areas of large cities have Noon masses.

Pray about the idea of your attending daily Mass.  Catholic churches all around the world offer daily Mass for people to attend. The opportunity is available for you, and the grace of God is awaiting you in the Sacrament of Holy Communion every day.

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