Dictionary.com defines the word ‘holy’ in 8 ways:
1) Specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated.
2) Dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion.
3) Saintly, godly, pious, devout.
4) Having a spiritually pure quality.
5) Entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred.
7) Inspiriting fear, awe, or grave distress.
8) A place of worship; sacred place; sanctuary.
As we enter into the mysteries that we celebrate during this week that is called ‘Holy,’ we can see by these various definitions this week is called to be set apart from all other weeks of the year, in particular for service to God and to allow us to enter into a deeper worship and veneration of the living God.
One of the items we do not hear about as much today as was once discussed are the precepts of the Church. While over the years there have been more, currently we have five obligations that the Church lays out for us in order to assist with our discipleship towards the Lord:
1) You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
2) You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
3) You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
4) You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
5) You shall help provide for the needs of the Church.
While all of these are important in the life of the faithful, I would like to focus on numbers two and three for the column today, in particular as we host The Light is On for You this Tuesday.
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