Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Why Go To Daily Mass?

  1. It's kind of like facebook with God, the angels, and the saints
  2. Breaking in the day to pray tames the craziness better than your Blackberry
  3. The local Caf still serves lunch at 12:37pm. No lines either
  4. A miracle occurs every. single. time.
  5. God wants to hear about your romantic woes more than your Twitter audience
  6. Actually, God wants to teach you something about Romance. Think of it as going on a spiritual date
  7. Under the (affectionately offered) "if you would just shut up, you could hear God's voice" advice: lots of precious, rare, ear-opening silence
  8. It's not for the perfect--that's actually part of the point
  9. Did the sun rise this morning? Did you have a good breakfast? Did you get to dress warmly and well? Did you think about giving thanks for all that?
  10. Because Jesus is present to us in a particular way--the way he chose as the perfect way--in the sacrament of the altar. (Want to meet him?)
  11. Life is mysterious. But being present at this Mystery will make the mystery of your life much more clear
  12. Because this act “identifies us with his Heart, sustains our strength along the pilgrimage of this life, makes us long for eternal life, and unites us even now to the Church in heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints.” (CCC #1419)
  13. (...even at your imperfect parish)

    --I.C.

p.s. A commenter asked if these could be used to actually promote daily Mass attendance in a bulletin or some such--and the answer for everyone is of course!  I would be delighted if this encouraged people to try to attend daily Mass more often.

15 comments:

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

You know how to make people chuckle. And the chuckling was nearly enough to make this recalcitrant decide to go to Mass...nearly...

Ray from MN said...

Wow! One of your best, I.C., with the best kind of humor. A long, slow chuckle, that simmers as the words are being savored as they are being read, over and over!

Meredith Gould said...

Wonderful. Posted this to Twitter with a comment about how much I love your blog.

Maggie said...

This is splendid, especially "God wants to hear about your romantic woes more than your Twitter audience."

Splendid!

Steve T. said...

I go to Mass every day. You are right, and more than a little funny. The twitter bit was very good.

Anonymous said...

Great post -- also, a timely reminder about why Sunday Mass is so important. I'm unable to get there every day -- no transport -- but sometimes go in the evening. The quiet and lack of "busyness" are wonderful.

Lisa S said...

I just happened upon your blog. Although I am not Catholic, I really appreciated your reasons for attending mass. I am christian and attend church every week. It renews my soul by refreshing my baptismal covenants with the sacrament. I whole heartedly agree with the other posters about God wanting to hear about ones romantic woes more than the twitter audience, or facebook for that matter. If you listen carefully during your prayers,you will discover his will for you.

Marc McCarthy said...

Would you mind if I adapt and post this list for my community at the University of Maryland, College Park? :D

Let me know -- mtmccarthy@gmail.com

Thanks.

Adrienne said...

I'll be linking to this tomorrow. Excellent!!!

Joshua of Catholic Tech Tips said...

You made the list : ) "Favorite Five Friday" (vol. 34)Great Post!

God Bless,

Joshua of Catholic Tech Tips

Vicky said...

I translated it into Portuguese and posted on my blog - http://vickymundoafora.blogspot.com/2009/07/por-que-participar-da-missa-diariamente.html -. People read and ask me if they can copy it in their blogs! Of course there is a link to your original post. I hope it is ok.

Hidden One said...

I have tweeted about it... because my Twitter crowd does want to know about good spiritual stuff.

honey said...

haha, this was great! I love it when religion is made 'contemporary' specially liked the 'facebook with God' bit! really resonates.

Maureen said...

I'm going through some tough times and just had the inspiration to go to daily mass. I got worried that the Priest would want to counsel me for going to daily mass. But your blog made me realize that was a silly thought. So tomorrow, I will facebook with God at 7am.

James Gonzales said...

Thank you so much!! I attend weekly mass but I dont tell anyone cuz they think I have gone crazy!but I need our good Lord so much I cant wait till sunday, and I feel so much, much, better!! May God bless you and our blessed Mother. love U James