On the site of the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minnesota, The Catholic Spirit, there is a list of reasons why we go to Mass. It seems the Catholic Spirit have plucked this from Card. O’Malley of Boston. Here it is.
9 Reasons Catholics Go to Mass
According to Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley
Catholics come to Mass because we desire:
1. To respond to God’s love.
2. To encounter Christ in the most profound way possible.
3. To gather and pray with our parish family.
4. To strengthen our particular family.
5. To witness to our faith and provide a living legacy to our children and grandchildren.
6. To be transformed by Christ’s grace.
7. To participate in Jesus’ victory over death and the salvation of the world.
8. A foretaste of heaven.
9. To follow God’s loving guidance and to commit to deepening our relationship with
Any of these at the top of your personal list? If your reason isn’t listed above, what is it?
With due respect to His Eminence, I would add a couple more, either one of which could give you a nice round “10 Reasons”.
10. We are obliged to go on days of precept. (Sort of like #9)
11. Because we are all going to die and meet our Judge. (Sort of like #7)
Perhaps they are implicit/included in His Eminence’s list. However, I like points like this to be clear.
And I can hardly wait until someone says:
12. Because we have to restore the older form of Mass.
And I love that great quote from the martyrs of Abitina during the persecution by Diocletian:
13. Sine dominico non possumus.
And… of course…
14. Because it is God’s will.