The Other 6 Days of the Week

In our book, Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life, Fr. Dom Grassi and I include a feature in every chapter called The Other Six Days of the Week in which we strive to show the connection between what we do at Mass and how we live the Mass the other six days of the week.

Now, there is a website titled that encourages people to “find God” not only on Sundays at Mass, but on the other six days of the week as well. Take a look at it…I think you’ll enjoy it.

Interestingly enough, a few weeks ago, Sen. Rick Santorum (a Catholic) said this of Islam and Christianity:

 “Islam, unlike Christianity, is an all-encompassing ideology. It is not just something you do on Sunday…. We (as Americans) don’t get that.”

The part he really doesn’t get is that Christianity is all-encompassing…not just something we do on Sunday!!! St. Ignatius of Loyola summed up the all-encompassing nature of Christianity in his prayer, the Suscipe:

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

2 Comments on The Other 6 Days of the Week

  1. Interesting assessment by Senator Santorum. I would have to say that my circle of family and friends (Catholic and other Christian traditions)tend to their relationship with God everyday. I am blessed to have these people in my life. I’m sure I’m not the only American that is so forunate.

    Concerning the other six days of the week, I tell my students how the word “Mass” was derived, from the Latin “Ite, missa est” “Go, you are sent”

    I tell my students that they are being sent from Mass to proclaim the Good News they’ve just heard and the Eucharist they’ve just shared. Ideally, this is what we should be doing the other six days.

  2. Paul, I think it’s great that you tell your students about the origins of the word “mass.” I think that makes a very powerful point about how the Mass relates to the other 6 days.

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