To be honest, it is easy to get distracted while the readings are being read or when the priest is praying the numerous prayers at Mass. Before you know it, you may be thinking about other things (like the Packer game or what you have planned the rest of the day) during Mass and leave the doors of the church and not remember a single word that was said!
To combat that tendency, one suggestion is to follow along by using a missalette or hand missal. The words and prayers at Mass are really quite beautiful and very easy to miss if we are not aware of what is going on. I find following along at Mass enriches the experience and new insights often come when paying attention to the words being said.
Besides using a missalette, one can purchase their own “hand missal” to bring along. This puts a personal touch to attending Mass as you can also bring with you your favorite holy cards and prayers that you can say either before or after Mass. An added benefit to owning a missal is that you can underline key words and phrases that touch your heart or scribble in insights that you receive. This makes attending Mass a much more personal experience, making it more of a dialogue instead of a monologue.
Additionally, purchasing a missal also allows you to follow along at Mass wherever you are, even if the parish you are attending does not have a missalette in the pew. Personally, I suggest the Daily Roman Catholic Missal as it is easy to use and has a wealth of devotions besides the text for Mass.
In the end, using a missalette or missal during Mass is one option to entering into Mass when you find yourself constantly being distracted with numerous thoughts that have nothing to do with the sacred action that is happening before you.
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