Three ways to be more prayerful during Mass

Lasso a part of the Mass.  If you don’t yet have a part of the Mass that is especially prayerful for you, decide on one. When it arrives, put all your energy into being present and prayerful in that moment.  Give yourself over to it.

Plan to get there early–just so you won’t be late. Decide what time you need to leave home to make it to Mass on time, then tell your family to be ready ten minutes earlier than that.  This will get you there on time, and in a less stressed state.  It’s easier to be prayerful when you’re not frantic or annoyed.

Talk to others. If you stop to chat after Mass, try starting the conversation with a comment about a song, a reading, or the homily. Talking about what moves you makes it more real and will make it easier to bring the prayerfulness into your week.

by Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.