Thursday, June 03, 2010

but I don't wanna...

... have you ever legitimize, in your own mind, excuses for not attending mass? My throat is scratchy, I must be coming down with something. I worked third shift and need my rest. I'm on vacation. Out of town. I don't want to drag the kids. blah.blah.blah.

Yes? Well, who hasn't at some point in your life. However, next time you feel the temptation rise to make tired excuses for not attending weekly mass, stop and think about people like this man.

15 comments:

Just another mad Catholic said...

I remmeber when I was with the SSPX I wouldn't attend the Novus Ordo if my life depended upon it, a couple of times I overslept on Sunday and wouldn't go to the Novus Ordo evening Mass, Much to my shame

Pebbles said...

eh ... guilt trip. good motivation though.

nazareth priest said...

When it's 100 degrees with 90 percent humidity in a brick church with no air conditioning, I just want to give up (I have some health problems and heat doesn't help!)...I understand, believe me...I am to be the CELEBRANT of the Mass...it's sometimes a real cross (which I hope helps relieve the time I have in purgatory)...sometimes I have almost collapsed from the heat, but Jesus made it happen that I get through it; not to brag or beg for sympathy, but we do whats we gots to do...

The Crescat said...

nothing works better than the Catholic guilt trips... we invented them you know.

nazareth priest said...

LOVE the Catholic guilt trips...esp. when they MAKE you do what is right:<)!...and my Mother, who is English and Irish, but not Catholic, taught me right..it's in the blood, ya' know!

Rick said...

Catholic moms are the travel agents for guilt trips.

Pebbles said...

I'm starting to realize that. They should have put a disclaimer on the baptismal font: guilt trips ahead. A good friend once warned me that if I converted, my Catholic sense of guilt would be equal only to her Jewish sense of guilt, instilled by a loving mother. I didn't listen but I see what she means. Between the old guy and nazareth priest, my excuses are looking lamer every minute.

Faith said...

To add a thread. Aren't you only suppose to receive Communion once a day?

PaxetBonum said...

Can't attribute the quote (I think it was a standup comic, and it sounds like George Carlin, RIP), but one of the best lines I've heard in the last 20 years is-

"Sometimes we feel guilty- because we are."

Ain't it the truth? P&B.

Nan said...

Faith, you may receive twice a day so long as you're in a state of grace.

Lee Gilbert said...

Actually, you can receive twice a day only if the second reception is at a liturgical celebration.

This post brings something to mind. I have never heard a priest make a pitch from the pulpit for people to think about beginning the day with Holy Mass. To me this seems a great mistake. It is such an easy pitch to make.

I did hear of a priest who urged his people to come to daily Mass- with the result that a third of them do.

I am not in sales, but isn't there a principle that if you want an order, then you have to ask for it? Isn't this a case of "You do not receive, because you do not ask"?

We aren't challenged enough! If we were, we would rise to it.

3puddytats said...

Catholic guilt?? try a good dose of Baptist guilt...nothing like a good Baptist preacher preaching hell and damnation for close to three hours without missing a beat,and you BETTER not squirm in your seat, because you DARED go out in public with the top button of your collar undone...such a brazen hussy :)

Our church in SoCal desert had no A/C..100 degrees by 8 am...attended a couple churches in MS with no A/C either...every lady worth her salt had a folding fan in her purse..

I remember vividly attending shapel one time in Saudi Arabia when it was almost 125 degrees outside..didn't even want to know what it was inside..no A/C just one lonely little fan...even the Arabs thought it was hot...

Sara

Kathleen said...

I may have been wrong, but the only time that I felt like I was in the presence of a living saint was at Mass once when an elderly man walked in. This person had such severe osteoporosis and kyphosis that he was bent over almost double. I kid you not, his head hung nearly to his knees. He had an oxygen tank and could barely walk, but he walked into Church! I truly felt that I was in the presence of someone holy.

Kathy

arnolddenita said...

My priest actually did a sermon on missing Mass. It was good. He called it "It Is a Crime."

laurazim said...

Y'all are kidding. How about German protestant (UCC) guilt, MARRIED TO Southern Baptist-converted to Anglican guilt, who then send their kids to Catholic school?! Yes, I am a spiritual mutt, completely Catholic now (thanks be to God!), and have guilt stored in bins in the basement!! Ha!

Just the same--we have a few similar parishioners...so broken in body, yet so bouyant in spirit! They bring such joy to the Mass, and it is inspirational to see them come in every single week (and many of them, every single day!).