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9/8/13 2:24 P

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emoticon Studying the Word during the week before Mass helps me to pay better attention during the readings, and I can focus on being more "present" while I am there. I use the Magnificat publication daily. It gives me structure, and allows me to pray through the Church year with Morning and Evening Prayer, as well as the Mass readings for each day.
I try to take quick notes during the Homily, too, most times I am at Mass. Then when I get home, I ask myself what did God say to me today during Mass?

Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!
Nothing tastes as good as living with less pain feels!


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You're welcome ladies, hopefully it helps!

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Thanks for the information, ANDROMEDA!

I miss doing a Gospel reflection with my former Mothers of Young Children group years ago. It really helped the Gospel come alive for us on a weekly basis. At the end of our reflection (as you have listed below), we would commit to a specific action based on that coming Sunday's Gospel. It really helped us to see how the Word could become a part of our daily life.

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I've never heard of this before. It's a nice way to meditate on what I'm reading. All too often I find myself skimming over the stories I "already know". But if we read carefully the Holy Spirit can always show us something new.

Thanks for sharing this!

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I really should study the weekly readings like I do when I read the litergy.
Thank you for the reminder to take the time.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
2 COR 16-18

Doing nothing is the most perfect form of action, when I do nothing there is nothing left undone and there is nothing left to do.... The Way by Lao Tse


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I learned of this at a recent bible study class. It is a way to help the word become more a part of our lives and not just on Sunday. I think this may help me in terms of really paying attention and getting more out of the Liturgy. Hopefully, it will also help others who struggle as I do.

Gathering faithfully Together encourages us to prepare for the Sunday gospel by taking time during the week to read and pray about the Sunday scripture readings. A simple process for doing this reading is to follow three steps, which you can remember with the letters ABC:

A. Attend to the Bible with reverence. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hear God's message. Read the biblical passage slowly all the way through. Imagine that God is speaking these words directly to you. Sit quietly after your reading and notice...

-where are you drawn?
--what word, phrase, feeling or ides most attracts your attention?
--dwell with that part, "let that reading echo in your head, cling to a word or phrase, savor it"

B. Break open the word by asking what this passage tells you about...

--who God is and what God does
--Christ and His work of salvation
--who you are in relationship with God
--what message God has for you
--what God wants from you in response

C. Connect the reading to your life by deciding how you will respond today and this week to what you have heard in this reading. Think of one practical thing that you can do in your household, at work, in your neighborhood, in your parish or in your city or town


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