- The word Eucharist translates to “Thanksgiving.” During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, how can we be more meaningful in remembering the “attitude of gratitude” that Jesus’ sacrifice cultivates? Are we receiving Jesus in a worthy manner -- focusing solely on Him as we approach Him for the Eucharist? And, perhaps more importantly, do we thank Him for the gift of Self only He can provide?
- The month of November is all about the Holy Souls of Purgatory. We are challenged to recall the loved ones we knew, and the ones we did not know, and to pray and offer small acts of sacrifice on their behalf. But, how much do we know about the Holy Souls? Do we know why they are referred to as Holy Souls (answer: because they are still recipients of God’s mercy)? Have we focused enough on sacrificing little moments in our month, on their behalf? Do we understand this theological teaching as it pertains to God’s final act of mercy for the sins we commit on earth?
- The first of November is the Solemnity of All Saints, encouraging us to remember the ways in which Holy Men and Women inspire us with their acts of heroic virtue. Have we taken the time to consider the areas of similarity we have with the saints? Have we considered asking any given saint for their prayers to help correct a vice? Have we created a way in which our focus is not just on our neighbor, but mostly on achieving the ultimate eternal reward?
Copyright 2018 AnnAliese Harry
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AnnAliese Harry is a proud Army wife to her husband Chris, and a mother to their young children. She has a BA in History, a Masters in Social Work, and has worked with disabled veterans, troubled teens, and in early childhood intervention therapy. AnnAliese volunteers with several military chapel communities and serves as a lector, EMHC, Adoration coordinator, and Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) chapter president and vice president. She blogs about Catholicism, parenting, and military life at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life. Follow her on Twitter, on Instagram, or on Facebook.