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Summary of If Your Mind Wanders at Mass by Thomas Howard
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Return to Book Page. If Your Mind Wanders at Mass 3. Distractions, fatigue, boredom at Sunday worship -- maybe we experience these because we don't fully appreciate what's going on at Mass. Howard's profound and practical look at the liturgy focuses our wandering minds. It reminds us that at Mass the veil separating earth and heaven lifts, so that we stand with angels and saints in the presence of God Most High. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. A joyful account of the Mass, draws the reader into joy and worship.
May 21, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I listened to this book as an audio book on formed.
This book is filled with excellent information about the mass. The title is decent is describing what the book is about but not the best. This book goes section by section of the mass explaining everything!!! Against thee and thee only have I sinned! This, and nothing less or other than this, is what we celebrate, O all ye whom we summon to record: With one word we speak volumes… this is the whole work of sanctification in me… this is the entire Gospel For one thing, we mortals scarcely ever grasp the full weight of what we are saying to the Most High.
And second, presumably in even the most machinelike rapping-out of the words, there flickers somewhere int he recesses of the person repeating it some rag of intention, however fragmentary, that prayer go up to the ears of heaven.
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This greeting, found here in this ceremonial setting, is, in fact, what love says to all men, and you who are assisting at the liturgy are given the chance to begin to learn the script of heaven, so to speak. Breaking of the Bread: The Host is broken. Because it was the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ broken for us on the Cross that is our salvation Nay, it is infinitely greater, since it is not only our own souls at take in the transaction: Almighty God himself comes to us Suddenly the Mass ends… What we have done here is to preside over and inform, nay suffuse, our whole week… We are not allowed to stay at the altar.
We may recall how St. Matthew pictures the Last Supper: The disciples did not do very well in this matter, as it happens; we pray that we do better. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Introductory Rites Entrance Song: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers.
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Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention catholic howard thomas appreciation understanding helpful parts significance worship fully wander christ given lord explain catholics resource. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I like this book. Although I'd like to say my mind doesn't wander at Mass, I wouldn't be telling the truth. Like everyone else, I have many, many things to do on a daily basis and sometimes those tasks intrude.
Yet, this book helps me to remember WHY we do things the way we do at Mass. I read the book and now, at Mass, I think to myself, "oh yeah--we say that because I'd like to think that I'm very knowledgeable about my faith, but sometimes I realize that I don't really know anything about this or maybe that. This book helps clear up a lot of things for me and allows me to pass on to the grandboys why something is so important. It hasn't taken away ALL of the mind wandering, but I have to say it has given me a new appreciation for something that might become old due to constant use.
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Summary of If Your Mind Wanders at Mass by Thomas Howard – The Prodigal Catholic Blog
Thomas Howard has compiled an easy-to-read, step-by-step guide through the Catholic Mass. I feel this would be especially helpful for non-Catholics planning on attending a service or converts to Catholicism who want to develop a deeper appreciation for the traditions embodied in the Mass. As a life-long Catholic and the product of twelve years of Catholic schooling, I didn't find anything particularly new or revealing, but it was a good review of the things I already knew. I didn't think the title did justice to the material, but I believe his theory was that if you fully understand what is taking place you will be deeply committed to participating and not distracted by extraneous thoughts.
I applaud his style and feel this is as good a guide to the Mass as any I've seen. He carefully dissects each part of the Mass giving a full explanation as to its history and liturgical significance and concisely explains why the Mass is the central act of Catholic worship. The significance of each part of the Mass is beautifully explained. Howard discusses the very first prayers at the Mass, where we first approach the Almighty God. What will the response of the Almighty be to His creatures? A greeting of peace and fellowship - how could God be so good to us?
Howard suggests that such greetings resound throughout heaven, that place of peace and love. Simple yet profound thoughts on all parts of the Mass are found throughout this small book. Reading it has given me a far greater appreciation for the gift of the Mass and greatly increased my gratitude for being able to participate in it. Thomas Howard has written a very accessible and highly engaging book about the significance of the mass.
Though very instructive, it is far from pedantic. As a new Catholic it was a great help to read in detail how very important every single aspect of the Mass is. I plan on reading this with my kids. If you are not crystal clear about the Mass, I highly recommend this very short explanation that is sure to bring a better understanding to your heart.
One person found this helpful. Must read and very enlightening. What a simply wonderful book! This book really helped me to get more out of my participation at Mass, and to understand why things the way they are at Mass. This is a book you can go back to, time after time. We read this for book club also and it explained the Mass in ways that even after years of reading and going to Mass informed me in an exciting way.
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