The phrase: “If Jesus could carry the cross for us, we can at least make a sacrifice for him;” attracted me when I was fifteen years old. This line of reasoning was going through my head when I was trying to figure out what I was going to give up for Lent. The idea came to me to “go to daily Mass every day during Lent.” Why would a crazy idea like that enter my head? Well, my mother was a daily communicant so it was a familiar idea. Yes, there really are people who go to daily Mass. I was attending an all-boys Catholic college-prep boarding high school at the time. It felt great to be away from home and free to make choices on my own. I was in an environment where we were challenged to take the high road. I heard “Do something that will hurt… no pain no gain…” the typical rhetoric familiar to boys trying to grow up. I figured if my mother could do it, I could do it too.
Thus began a spiritual journey that changed my life. The Season of Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday. How about going to daily Mass? Moms of little children pay attention. When they grow up they will know that going to daily Mass is a familiar idea. They will know the meaning of “daily communicant.” They will have a model that will challenge them when they grow up. They might actually be fascinated with the idea that: “If Jesus could carry the cross for us, we can at least make a sacrifice for him.” The faith is really handed on. Give it a try.
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Reverend Andrew Kemberling, V.F.