Introducing After Mass Musings

Hey friends

I have started this post a million times and a million times I have erased it.

Not because I’m ashamed or embarrassed about it. Or because I don’t know what to say. But because I have so much to say and I want to do it right.

But, the hardest part about moving forward is getting started. And there’s really no better time to start this series than on Pentecost Sunday.

So, let’s get started.

But wait, what’s Pentecost?

Well fam, Pentecost is a Christian holiday that marks the end of the Easter season and takes its roots from the Greek word for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. In the Bible, the book of the Acts of the Apostles is set during Shavuot and while the Apostles were together for the feast, God sent down the Holy Spirit and not only gave them the passion to proclaim what they had seen while they had traveled with Jesus for those 3 years before the crucifixion but also gave them the ability to speak in other languages. Those languages were then recognized by the Jewish congregation from around the world that had assembled in that area.

USCCB Mass Readings for June 9, 2019

Okay….so what does that have to do with this blog series?

Think of it this way. Let’s say you were trying to tell someone about this AMAZING book you just finished and thought they might like or you’re trying to help someone at work and there’s a language barrier. They don’t speak your language and you don’t speak theirs. Google translate isn’t helping and you both are feeling frustrated and offended.

It would be easy to give up and walk away, wouldn’t it?

But what if a translator suddenly appeared? Then you can both understand each other.

What if that translator ability miraculously happened in your head while you were in a foreign country with no one who spoke your home language? You would feel much more confident asking for directions right? And the other person would feel much more confident and comfortable talking to you. And you would most likely be more open about talking to everyone about everything and anything.

The way I see it, the internet allows anyone and everyone to have a platform if they wish to. The Holy Spirit gives me the passion for God and the Church to utilize that platform for good. So why not use it to share my story, what I’ve learned, and share resources I’ve found?

I never want anyone to feel uncomfortable coming into this space, but I also understand that many people have been hurt by religion and maybe even members of the Catholic Church. For that, I say pass over these posts for something that is more your speed for today or come back another day. It’s okay. Or if you’re questioning or want clarification on something I said; reach out in the comments or use my Contact page.

I don’t claim to know everything, but every day I’m learning; whether it be through mass, spiritual books, news articles, or podcasts and I just want to share that with anyone who is willing to listen.

 

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