Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Packed like sardines

It made my heart glad to see how packed the church was today for Ash Wednesday. I usually only see it this packed on Easter and Christmas. I remember looking at a survey a while back that named the 5 least religious states in the country and New Hampshire was among them. I was shocked and apalled to learn this. "Lord, this has got to change. Please help us. Can you imagine living in a state that is one of the least religious? No wonder I have such trouble finding people who want to talk about You.!"  My assumption is that "least religious" means fewest church attendees, whatever religion they may be. It concerns me because one of the Ten Commandments is:
-Keep the Sabbath Day holy

We have a lot of Catholics in our state, I'm guessing that many of them are non-practicing or the numbers wouldn't have been so low. Vermont did even worse than us. That is why I was so pleased to see that the church was so packed for Mass [and it's a large church]. Still, I have been praying that the Lord will lead people back to His House and praying for the conversion of our state and New England in general. Imagine how pleased the Lord would be if every church in the country was packed to the gills every Sunday. They should be full if we are truly a Christian country, shouldn't they?

9 comments:

  1. Thank you Mary for visiting my Blog and for commenting there.

    God bless.

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  2. It was packed at our 7pm mass too! Although, this mass included all of the CCD kids too!
    Still, it is always nice to see the Church full.
    I think the Lord is leading people back to Him and back to His church....some are NOT listening. We must pray that the veils are removed from their eyes and that hearts will be opened!
    Thanks for reminding me Mary! You are the best!

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  3. Victor,
    I am sending prayers your way. Well, I meant God's way...for you. You seem a bit down.

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  4. Nancy,
    That's a good sign! I'm glad people are returning to church!

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  5. Mary, my church was filled as well.....I do think Catholics are returning to the church as there have been Ash Wednesday I remember when hardly anyone attended. This is a good thing Mary.......for everyone......:-) Hugs

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  6. Bernie,
    That's good to hear! There should be no such thing as empty churches.

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  7. It does indeed make a heart feel good when the church is full...an yes, you may use the prayer. Be sure to give credit to the author of the book...It is a grand book by the way. I got it at our Catholic Book Store. Have a grand day!! Cathy

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  8. Thank you, Cathy! I'll keep an eye out for it:)

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  9. Mary, good post. I had heard some churches closed in NH. True? I pray that people return to God and to church. God bless.

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