"Speak for your servant is listening." - I Samuel 3:10b
"Above all, we must get to church early in order to 'tidy up' inwardly. We must have no illusions about our condition when we enter the church; we must frankly face our restlessness, confusion, disorder. To be exact, we do not yet really exist as persons - at least not as persons God can address, expecting a fitting response. We are bundles of feelings, fancies, thoughts, and plans all at cross-purposes with each other.
The first thing to do, then, is to quiet and collect ourselves. We must be able to say honestly: Now I am here. I have only one thing to do - participate with my whole being in the only thing that counts, the sacred celebration. I am entirely ready."
Preparing Yourself for Mass