A friend once told me that there are three reasons that he is Catholic: “Eucharist, Eucharist and Eucharist.” While there are all sorts of reasons to be Catholic, I think they all stem from, and can be traced back to, the three mentioned by my friend.
Pope Francis, while speaking on the importance of attending Mass during the Angelus, made several comments on the Eucharist (shown below). The one that captured my attention most pretty much sums it up for me.
“Jesus left us the Eucharist with a precise objective: That we can become one with Him.”
Sometimes, about Mass, we hear this objection: ‘ What is the purpose of Mass? I go to Church when I feel like it, and I pray better alone.’ But the Eucharist is not a private prayer or a beautiful spiritual experience. It is not only a commemoration of what Jesus did at the Last Supper. We say, to understand, that the Eucharist is the ‘memorial’.
The Eucharist is Jesus giving Himself.
Jesus left us the Eucharist with a precise objective: That we can become one with Him.
We nourish ourselves with Him and remain in Him through the Eucharistic Communion. If we do it with faith, it transforms our life. It transforms it into a gift to God and a gift to our brothers.
So what’s the big deal about Mass? If we understood what is going on there, we’d know what the big deal is…
Think about it.
Pray about it.
Immerse your self in it…
Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry has come up with a list of why people say they don’t go to church. She has also come up with some pretty good responses to those ‘reasons’.
Hmmm.. I think she hit all of the ones I have ever heard… I have even used one or two of them myself, many decades ago.
As a Pastoral Associate in a Catholic Parish, I have heard it all. People find ways to justify their lack of Mass attendance and believe (momentarily) that their justification will convince the pastoral staff of their correctness. Here are my refutations of these excuses—meant not to isolate further or hurt the feelings of those who don’t go to Mass, but as a playful invitation to reconsider and come back to the family that misses them.
1: I Work 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week
First of all, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal—there are labor laws. Do you want me to help find you a lawyer? Also, that’s not what your Facebook page says. Americans are super busy—we fill our time with all sorts of things. It does feel like we’re working all the time—believe me, I’m right there with you. My job takes me out week days, evenings and Sundays. Plus, my email, text and Facebook are on my phone, so I’m frequently doing “business” in my free time, too. That’s not good. We all need to take a break. But, God should be part of that break, not what we’re taking a break from. Worshipping with a community, receiving Christ—these things rejuvenate, not deplete. Take time out for yourself that is going to fill you up.
Through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit…
The Mass is truly amazing, and it seems that so few people have the foggiest idea why…
“Mass is boring,” “I don’t get anything out of Mass,” “The music isn’t good,” “?”…
Read Jn Chapters 13 through 17… Then read it again. And again until you have an ‘aha’ moment…
Where is the Mass in Scripture?
What is the Mass?
Listen to Fr. Larry Richards to find out…
As Fr. Richards mentions, you cannot understand the Book of Revelation without the Mass. The Book of Revelation IS the Mass!
The Mass Found In The Book Of Revelation
Topic/Mass Part Chapter/Verse
Sunday Worship 1:10
High Priest 1:13
Altar 8:3-4; 11:1; 14:18
Priests 4:4; 11:15; 14:3; 19:4
Consecrated Celibacy 14:4
Lamp Stands 1:12; 2:5
Penitence Chapters 2 and 3
Incense 5:8; 8:3-5
The Book (scroll) 5:1
Eucharistic Host 2:17
Chalices 15:7; ch. 16; 21:9
Sign of the Cross 7:3; 14:1; 22:4
Alleluia 19:1, 3, 4, 6
Lift up your hearts 11:12
Holy, Holy, Holy 4:8
Amen 19:4; 22:21
Lamb of God 5:6
Virgin Mary 12:1-6; 13-17
Intercession of Angels and Saints 5:8; 6:0-10; 8:3-4
Participation of St. Michael Archangel 12:7
Antiphon Chant 4:8-11; 5:9-14; 7:10-12; 18:1-8
Scripture Readings ch. 2 and 3; ch. 5; 8:2-11
Priesthood 1:6; 20:6
Catholicity (Universality) 7:9
Silent contemplation 8:1
Marriage Supper of the Lamb 19:9, 17
What a great article!
…However, let’s stop for a moment and ask whether Jesus would recognize Catholic worship. The assumption is that Jesus is a simple, wandering preacher–a rustic carpenter from Nazareth. Jesus is the equivalent of Pastor Bob from the Backwoods Bible Church who has studied for two years at Buckboard Bible College and then set up his church.
The view of Jesus as the simple country preacher does have some connection with the real Jesus, but we also have to remember that Jesus was a first century Jew. He would have been familiar with, and shared in the rituals and traditions of synagogue worship as well as the worship of the temple. What was this worship like? First of all, the synagogue worship was formal and liturgical. They used set prayers and established readings as Catholics do with their liturgy and tables of readings. Furthermore, the worship of the ‘domestic church’ for Jews was structured around seasons and feasts. Throughout the year, as Catholics do, they celebrated certain feast days and fast days. For the feasts they had structured, ceremonial meals that they shared together. These ceremonial meals consisted of set, written prayers and psalms and Scripture readings.
The abuses at Mass have become so serious, that high-ranking Vatican officials are endorsing the idea that someone can go to Mass and ACTUALLY LOSE THEIR FAITH! They are now coming out and saying so publicly.
Hello everyone .. and welcome to the Vortex .. where lies and falsehoods are trapped and
exposed .. I’m Michael Voris.
When you go to Mass on Sunday in your parish .. who is the main attraction? When you
are go, are you happy with the music ministers, the homily, the readers, the army of lay
people distributing Holy Communion? Is there a rousing round of applause for the choir?
All of the emphasis on all these humans is absolutely out of place and should not be
present – at all.
Allow me to quote from Cardinal Raymond Burke at the Vatican .. “If we err by thinking
we are the center of the liturgy, the Mass will lead to a loss of faith,”.
What was that?! Mass will lead to a loss of Faith. Was he quoted correctly?! You bet he
was. And he’s right. The Mass is not about you and me and Fr. Crowd Pleaser. Nor it is
about the music ministers .. btw – does anyone else besides me get sick of hearing the
term “minister” applied to every action that any person anywhere performs in the
The Mass is about Jesus Christ. He is the doer of the action .. the re-presentation of the
sacrifice of Calvary to the Heavenly Father. Any thing else .. any other emphasis is
Protestant .. and by that we mean .. protesting that central truth of the faith .. you know ..
like Martin Luther did.
Cardinal Burke’s comments came at a book launch in Rome last week for a new work
entitled .. How to Go To Mass and Not lose your faith. It is only available .. as of right
now anyway .. in Italian.
In throwing his support behind the book .. Cardinal Burke .. as usual .. did not treat the
subject with ambiguity. He said .. too many priests and bishops treat violations of
liturgical norms as something that is unimportant when, in fact, they are “serious abuses.”
That is quite the statement. It says quite a bit. In fact .. everything about Cardinal Burke
and this topic is quite bespeaks much.
First of all .. he publicly agrees with and supports an author who says Mass can be an
occasion of sin for the faithful owing to the infidelity of the priest to the liturgical norms.
Why? Because those norms exist to remove all distractions and focus our attention on
what is REALLY going on at Mass – the sacrifice .. not Father’s jokes or Sister Wanna
Be Ordained giving the homily or reflection .. or the music group pounding out some
more tunes to keep the audience entertained during the boring parts.
And it does not escape notice that Cardinal Burke lays the blame for this catastrophic
1�state of affairs .. and it is proof of spiritual catastrophy when people can go to Mass and
LOSE the faith instead of having it increased .. when he lays the blame for it at the feet of
his brother bishops .. as well as the priests.
To think of the abuses that have become standard fare .. practically ensconced in the
liturgy in thousands of parishes across the US and Europe and Canada and Australia .. to
thin of all of these week after week .. decade after decade .. multiplied by this time
millions of times over it a soul wrenching thought.
Do these priests and bishops think they are not going to be held to account for the mass
desertion from the faith that has happened on their watch. And more than just happened
on their watch .. actually encouraged and promulgated BY them.
When these men were ordained to the priesthood .. they entered into a relationship with
Jesus Christ to actually become ALTER CHRISTUS .. as the Church puts it .. another
Christ during the supreme moment of sacrifice.
Too many of them have turned it into a spectacle of self-admiration. God have mercy on
them. The lack of reverence .. even bordering on contempt or worse yet .. indifference
with which they treat the Eucharistic Lord threatens to be their condemnation.
As for their bishops who allow these sacrileges to continue and even participate in them ..
without a complete about face and desire for repentance .. the cup they drink from at
Mass will be for them a cup of wrath in eternity.
To even consider that these men .. called by God to teach govern and sanctify .. who are
allowing these abuses which Cardinal Burke rightfully calls “serious” are presiding over
souls LOSING the faith entrusted to them is a thought to terrible to consider.
They are playing fast and loose with their personal salvation .. and if they lose their
souls .. how much more will their pains be increased when they cast their eyes all around
them in the lake of fire and behold the souls of so many others that their actions and lack
of action helped consign to the flames.
Cardinal Burke is right. This is serious. How many bishops in America have allowed
these atrocities to continue for so long? How many simply refuse to take up arms and
engage the enemy for a host of truly pitiful and stupid reasons? Do they consider that
they will never have to give account? Do they think the only reckoning they have to
consider is the annual diocesan audit?
They place their own souls in dire peril. They risk the souls of their priests who they are
supposed to love and care for as a Father his sons and they gamble away the sheep
entrusted to them.
And for what? So as to not rock the boat? To not upset a belligerent chancery staff? To
appear splendid and well loved in the eyes of the faithful? None of that will matter at all
as hell fire engulfs them and the stench of putrid and burning souls fills their nostrils.
2Pray for the leaders of the Church. Simply put .. too many of them have adopted to the
times and place too much hope in princes and men. They belong exclusively to the
Almighty .. and those who have wandered too far need to be encouraged without delay to
return and in so doing .. save the Mass .. save their flocks and save themselves.
Eternity is a long time!
GOD Bless you. I’m Michael Voris