I am often frustrated with some of the things that I see taking place during the Mass. Rather than blame people for intentionally trying to sabotage the Mass, I honestly believe that these practices arise out of a genuine desire to get closer to the Lord and exhibit Christian charity. Unfortunately, the end result is a lack of appreciation for what is taking place at Mass and, ultimately, a diminished respect for the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
As a lukewarm and clueless Catholic for many years, I understand what it’s like to be “in the dark”. Now that I’m a little less “clueless” (depending on who you ask ), I understand the need for educating Catholics about the teachings of the Faith, so that they can come to know Christ as a person and share the Faith with others!
While written in a “tongue in cheek” style, here’s a blog post that touches on some of the more common issues that occur in Catholic congregations. What’s the answer? In my opinion it involves education. If Catholics understood that at every Holy Mass, Our Lord’s sacrifice at Calvary is made present and that the fruits of that sacrifice are made present for each of us… then some of these behaviors would go away.
One word of caution – Before anyone runs out and starts accusing and criticizing anyone who is known to partake in any of these behaviors at Mass…
Be Nice…We ALWAYS must remember to be charitable!