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I, Debbie, learned this habit as a small child in New Jersey. My mom on a Saturday morning, once a month, would take me for a ride to the local cemetery. I can recall cleaning off the headstone and gravesite. I remember helping my mom plant fresh flowers, watering them and hoping that they would last until the next visit. My mom would always finish with a prayer and a short story about who these loved ones were and what they did for our family. Growing up, I always remembered this practice and realized, as I matured, how incredibly honoring this was to those who have passed on.
On Tuesday’s Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie, we are asking if you regularly visit the burial sites of those you have known and loved. Do you find it comforting? Does it make you come to grips with your own mortality? Have you ever had a profound experience at a cemetery? Maybe you are new to all this and cemeteries make you uncomfortable. If so, share why that is and let’s see if we can come to a better understanding of this fine practice.
Creating a dedicated prayer space in the home is a great reminder to everyone in the household that prayer is important. Having a corner, or table filled with spiritual items helps to keep the focus on God. A prayer space is so unique and personal to each family. Some prayer corners are very simple with only a Bible and crucifix. Then, there are more elaborate prayer spaces, adorned with liturgical colors, prayer cards, candles, holy water, statues, and flowers. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the family as the “domestic church” where we learn to pray. Having a dedicated prayer space is a visible reality of this connection between church and family. Do you have a prayer corner in your home? How did you decide what is placed on the table? Can you describe for us your special prayer space and what it means to the family?
Tell everyone you know not to miss Thursday's broadcast. We will be talking with priests about how the COVID-19 shutdown has impacted their lives and ministries. As laypeople, we know well what we've been going through, especially with the absence of the sacraments in our lives. Fortunately, many of us are now once again able to receive them. But we want to give you a glimpse into our shepherds' experience during this pandemic. Be sure to tune in on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Jerry and Debbie invite you to share with us the Bible verse that you feel captures your life the best. Everyone has favorite passages, but usually there is one that just hits you deep in your soul. Share which one does that for you, and why, on our next broadcast.
At the beginning of Mass we often recite a prayer known as the Confiteor. It’s a Latin word meaning, “I confess.” It’s a sort of mini general confession or admission of our sinfulness. One line has us confess “what I have done, and what I have failed to do.” We don’t always consider those moments when we don’t say what we ought to say, or do what we ought to do, as being sins. Beyond that, those omissions can be quite damaging to others, given the right circumstances. Looking back over your life, there have likely been many times when you have neglected to say or do what you should have in a given situation. On Tuesday, let’s talk about this, even if you don’t wish to share specifics. We can all learn more about the need to say and do the right thing at all times.