I’m finding Amy Welborn’s new habit of asking people to tell her about the preaching at Mass on the previous Sunday helps me to focus more at Mass. I find myself trying to remember what it is exactly that I’m hearing, which has the benefit of making me synthesize it.
For example, yesterday Fr. Murphy gave a really good homily on the Father telling the apostles to “listen to Him” and what it means to listen. He asked, how do we know what to listen to? Of course we listen to the Word of God in Scripture and we listen to the Church’s teachings, but how about other places. How do we know that the internal promptings we feel are the Holy Spirit and not the Devil’s deceptions or our own wishful thinking.