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The Mass - Part 3

Posted by Monica Pittman on 10/06/22

The Mass – Part 3: Liturgy of the Word


Now that we have prepared ourselves for the Mass through the Introductory Rites, we take time to hear and participate in the proclamation of God’s word.  We hear readings from the Old Testament – writings in preparation for Christ ... Read More »

The Mass Part 2 - The Introductory Rites

Posted by Monica Pittman on 9/14/22

The Mass Part 2 – The Introductory Rites

The introductory rites prepare us to first, hear God’s word, then to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist.   The Roman Missal puts it this way “Acts of prayer and penitence prepare us to meet Christ as He comes in Word and ... Read More »

The Mass Part 1 - Sacred Spaces

Posted by Monica Pittman on 8/03/22

I was toying with the idea of writing several posts covering the Mass.  The thought turned to a need for action when a conversation between two people entering church was overheard.  One friend was explaining to the other that “you only do the holy water when you enter the ... Read More »

The battle is won, but the war is not over

Posted by Monica Pittman on 7/07/22

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the case that made abortions federally acceptable in the United States, has stirred up emotions of every kind.   If you are thinking “We Won!” you would be right.  We won one battle, ... Read More »

Fast and Abstinence? But it's not Lent!

Posted by Monica Pittman on 6/13/22

Fast and Abstinence?  But it’s not Lent!


When is a good time to fast and/or abstain?  Well, Lent for sure.  It goes without saying that Lent as the preparatory time preceding Easter is the main time most of us really think a lot about fasting and abstaining.  However, ... Read More »

We're All Tools!

Posted by Monica Pittman on 5/05/22

My very first “What the Faith” blog post was about how God chooses the right tools to bring us closer to Him. I think that’s a thought worth revisiting.   Many times, the tools He chooses are well-worn but sturdy and reliable.  Sometimes He chooses brand-new tools that are more ... Read More »

Advent 2020

Posted by Monica Pittman on 12/04/20

I have been thinking about this blog a lot lately.  I realized that I haven’t written anything since this whole pandemic thing started.  Then I wondered why.  

I’m pretty sure I did what a lot of us ended up doing, and that is hiding away hoping it would end ... Read More »

The Lentiest Lent

Posted by Monica Pittman on 4/02/20

I was sent a meme the other day that said,

“This is the Lentiest Lent I’ve ever Lented!” 

Isn’t that the truth?  Lent is all about sacrifice, self-discovery, and preparation for the coming of the Lord.  What better way to truly focus on the self than to be alone.  ... Read More »

Moses also asked his people to "shelter in place"

Posted by Monica Pittman on 3/25/20

There’s a lot of people out there trying to make sense of what is happening in the world right now.  There’s also a lot of people giving their opinions, and thoughts on how best to deal with social distancing.  I have seen article after article on how to keep ... Read More »

Sounds of Silence

Posted by Monica Pittman on 3/12/20

I have been struggling for a couple of days trying to come up with a topic about which to write.  Lent is so rich with innumerable items and paths; you would think it would be easy.  It has not been easy. 

The last twenty minutes or so have been ... Read More »