Friday, 10 January 2014

Holy Days



I don’t know if it’s the same now, but in the Catholic Church as I knew it as a teenager, there used to be Holy Days of Obligation – being religious feast-days when attending Mass was obligatory.

Thinking about this yesterday I decided to institute into my life Holy Days Without Obligation – days for just letting the glory shine through.  For reading, walking, gardening, thinking, drawing, praying, looking at the world through eyes of wonder.  Days with no appointments, no commitments; time unallocated.


Let it be so.


16 comments:

Anne Booth said...

I absolutely love this post. Thank you so much for writing it. I know that is exactly the type of Holy Day I need to observe, and have been neglecting.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful idea and name!
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Bean said...

Love it.
Blessings to you,
Bean

Suze said...

Although I have never been a catholic I grew up in the Anglican church. Our current church doesn't follow a liturgical year and part of me misses following the cycle so much. I think I should follow your example. A simple idea with great merit.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

great...I need this also

AbiSomeone said...

Amen!

Nothing steals the joy of love and devotion like obligation.

May the Great Light shine upon you in all his glory as you bask in the warmth of the love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Katrina Green said...

That is such a lovely photo, Pen and it speaks of the holiness shining through the ordinary to me. Very Peace-full x

Pen Wilcock said...

:0) Hello friends! Waving! xxx

Marianna said...

What a lovely thought. I think I'm due for a Holy Day without Obligation.

Pen Wilcock said...

Hi Marianna - just been reading your lovely blog with that interesting list of New Year aspirations, tackling things one month at a time xx

gretchen said...

brilliant, pen, i love it!

Pen Wilcock said...

Gretchen. I like saying that name to myself when I see it written, because it sounds so pretty to me.

xx

made by kort said...

i was just going to comment that this sounded like a wonderful tradition to bring into this new year.

..then i saw Marianna's name above...wondered if it were *my* Marianna...Marianna of the wonderful book recommendations...yes it is!

peace keep you both!

Pen Wilcock said...

:0) xx

LANA said...

Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. The Jewish folks who are orthodox do no work on their Sabbath. No traveling, no monetary exchanges, no cooking, even. Just one day a week spent in prayer, contemplation, quietly at home. I am not Jewish, but it sounds good to me. I think they're on to something.

Pen Wilcock said...

:0) xx