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In His Heart: The 2020 Prayer Pledge // Day 30

The Saints on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

When we leave Mass, we ought to go out the way Moses descended Mt Sinai: with his face shining, with his heart brave and strong to face the world’s difficulties. -St. Oscar Romero

Reflect

Recently, I was listening to a homily by Fr. Mike Schmitz in which he recounts a comment he heard by a choir member one morning at Mass. She leaned over and, looking out at the gathered community, whispered to her neighbor: “I see dead people.”

You know what she means. Imagine your own parish’s post-Christmas day rendition of “Joy to the World.” It’s often…underwhelming. We laugh because we can relate to these scenarios, and yet what does that say of, not only our Christian witness, but the state of our own hearts?

The chasm that Fr. Mike describes is very likely the reason that St. Oscar Romero’s quote stood out to me. To go out from Mass in the same manner that Moses did after an actual encounter with God, in which his appearance was altered, seems other-worldly. His face was shining. His heart was brave, strong enough to take on the challenges ahead.

(Naturally—he’s Moses!)

We are quick to dismiss our own experiences as anything that could be infused with holiness, touched by the Holy Spirit, and we do so at our own expense.

Of course, there is a good chance that we do not have frequent mountaintop experiences that can compare to that of Moses. However, if we are gathered together at Mass, hearers of the Word proclaimed, partakers in the Eucharist, then we do in fact have a weekly (possibly even daily) encounter with the living God. And that does change us.

Rather than belittling our own experiences as insignificant, I wonder how much more we might be encouraged and emboldened because of our many opportunities for transformation.

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Let Us Pray

Lord, You are a God who transforms. Create in me a heart like Yours, full of fire and love; that, like Moses, I might be emboldened to face the challenges of the day with a brave heart. In Jesus’ holy Name we pray. Amen.

For Discussion

Describe a time when you were emboldened to leave Mass with “face shining and heart brave.”

With what spirit would you like to imagine the people in your life describing the way you face the “world’s difficulties”?

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Katie Cassady is a regular contributor to the BIS blog. She is a wife and mom to two little girls in Denver, CO. Steeped in theological reflection, beekeeping and motherhood, she is appreciative of any and all wisdom she can glean from those living intentional lives of faith. Find out more about her here.

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    Sarah
    January 30, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Such a good reflection, Katie! It reminds me of a talk I heard once about how we don’t think we have as much strength and power as we really do. Meaning, we have the Holy Spirit within us, we have our Eucharistic Lord with us, we have sacramental grace, and yet, we just don’t think we can do so many things … But we can! We have HIM! The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us (Romans 8:11). THAT is powerful and can and will make our faces radiate and help us be brave!

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