by Hilaire Belloc (a devout Catholic & Poet)
“Of all the things I have read about St. Louis which make me wish I had known him to speak to, nothing seems to me more delightful than his habit of getting to Mass daily whenever he marched down south, but why this should be so delightful I cannot tell. Of course there is a grace and influence belonging to such a custom, but it is not of that I am speaking but of the pleasing sensation of order and accomplishment which attaches to a day one has opened by Mass; a purely temporal, and for all I know, what the monks back at the ironworks would have called a carnal feeling, but a source of
continual comfort to me. Let them go their way and let me go mine. This comfort I ascribe to four causes:
1. That for half-an-hour just at the opening of the day you are silent and recollected, and have to put off cares, interests, and passions in the repetition of a familiar action. This must certainly be a great benefit to the body and give it tone.
2. That the Mass is a careful and rapid ritual. Now it is the function of all ritual (as we see in games, social arrangements and so forth) to relieve the mind by so much of responsibility and initiative and to catch you up (as it were) into itself, leading your life for you during the time it lasts. In this way you experience a singular repose, after which fallowness I am sure one is fitter for action and judgement.
3. That the surroundings incline you to good and reasonable thoughts, and for the moment deaden the rasp and jar of that busy wickedness which both working in one’s self and received from others is the true source of all human miseries. Thus the time spent at Mass is like a short repose in a deep and well-built library, into which no sounds come and where you feel yourself secure against the outer world.
4. And the most important cause of this feeling of satisfaction is that you are doing what the human race has done for thousands upon thousands of years. This is a matter of such moment that I am astonished people hear of it so little. Whatever is buried right into our blood from immemorial habit that we must be certain to do if we are to be fairly happy (of course no grown man or woman can really be very happy for long — but I mean reasonably happy), and, what is more important, decent and secure of our souls… For all these things man has done since God put him into a garden and his eyes first become troubled with a soul…”
To be silent and in a singular repose which, through God’s grace, deadens the rasp and jar of that busy wickedness and secures us against the outer world. That is the experience of the Mass. Hilaire Belloc became annoyed when he missed Mass. He needed it… and he knew it.
(Tod Warner blog “A Catholic Thinker”)
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DAILY MASS (Emmanuel Chapel)*
|7:00 AM||Monday - Friday|
|12:05 PM||Monday - Saturday|
*First Friday Anointings in the Main Church
SUNDAY VIGIL MASS
Saturday Evening at 5:30 PM
|7:30 AM, 9:30 AM* and 12:30 PM|
|11:00 AM (En Español)|
|* Cathedral Sunday 9:30 AM Mass broadcast LIVE on KDF-TV on South Texas Cable Systems and KLUX Radio 89.5HD.|
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
|Vigil 5:30 PM|
|7:00 AM & 12:05 PM|
|7:30 AM & 11:30 AM||Monday - Friday|
|3:30 PM - 5:00 PM||Saturday|
Every Thursday after the 7:00 AM Mass until 5:30 PM in the Emmanuel Chapel. Benediction 5:20 - 5:30 PM.
Through this practice, we are invited to spend time alone with God in His real, physical form, and to bring to Jesus all our cares, concerns, prayers, hopes, and thoughts. We set aside a special time, a respite from our hectic modern lives, to create a personal space in which to meet our God.
“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Heart Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”
This week, the Sanctuary Lamps are burning for:
|Blessed Sacrament Chapel||†Joseph Mueller|
|Emmanuel Chapel||Floyd & Anita Bandy|
* Adorers are needed to sit before the Blessed Sacrament and adore Jesus on Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Call the Parish Office at (361) 883.4213