Category Archives: The Mass
Here’s another post from my blog Against the Flow, which launches off from the G. K. Chesterton quote, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” (G. K. Chesterton – The Everlasting Man, 1925). Please consider following it for email updates every time there is a new post.
by Cheryl Hernandez
Why do we need ten reasons to attend daily Mass? God created us — the very reason we exist, living and breathing right now, is because of the goodness and infinite love of God, and we owe it to Him to spend time with Him every day. This should be enough of a reason for us. We have the chance to partake in the Body and Blood of Our Savior — His flesh mingled with our flesh. This also should be enough of a reason.
If we truly understood this, churches would be filled every day. Nothing would hold us back… but the reality is that churches are not filled. Perhaps it’s because we will never really understand the power or beauty of the Mass. As St. John Vianney said, “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.”
So it is my feeble attempt to offer a few more reasons why daily Mass is so important for our families, and although I think all of these reasons have merit, the list is presented from the “least” important to the most important, so keep reading to the end. Even though these reasons are specifically addressed to homeschooling families, Our Lord waits for each and every one of us to shower His graces upon, and He cannot be outdone in generosity.
10. Daily Mass will help put order in your homeschool.
9. Going to daily Mass teaches self-discipline.
8. Your children will have more opportunity to serve.
7. The repetition of attending daily Mass makes the Liturgy something familiar and loved.
6. Daily Mass is the perfect way to learn about the saints.
5. In 3 years of going to daily Mass, we will have read (almost) the entire Bible!
4. We can offer up our Mass for loved ones — living or deceased.
3. We are giving our children a foundation for life.
2. Daily Mass gives us the armor we and our children need to fight this earthy battle.
1. The more we attend Mass, the holier we will become!
Read more via 10 Reasons to Attend Daily Mass | Seton Magazine.
Because if we love someone, we should honor him with both our souls and our bodies.
Why do we dress up for weddings, funerals, and certain jobs? To honor those whom we love or those whom we serve. In the Scriptures we read: “Worship the Lord in holy attire” 1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalms 29:2, 96:9. And, the Catholic Catechism teaches that our gestures and our clothing “ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest” in Holy Communion CCC 1387.
Clothes say something about what we think, what we value. They also influence how we behave and feel. Sunday is special, and God’s House is special. Some things are really important, and our clothing and demeanor ought to reflect this truth.
The exterior reflects the interior, and God definitely deserves the best we have inside and out! This is also why altar dressings, items for the Mass, vestments the priests wear etc., are normally the best we can manage – made from expensive materials and adorned with gold, silver and jewels. However, we have to remember that our fancy dress clothes should be reflecting that our soul is just as dressed up.
Dressing properly for Mass means nothing if we have no love in our hearts.
Many people will say that the word Transubstantiation is just too difficult for children to understand or even pronounce. And so they often don’t mention or discuss it at all.
It is interesting that children of all ages have never had any trouble saying the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from the movie Mary Poppins.
The word tran·sub·stan·ti·a·tion has 6 syllables.
Where as su·per·cal·i·frag·i·lis·tic·ex·pi·al·i·do·cious has 14!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious defined means – adjective (used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English.) via Dictionary.com
Which really means nothing.
Transubstantiation defined means –
1. the changing of one substance into another.
2. Theology. the changing of the elements of the bread and wine, when they are consecrated in the Eucharist, into the body and blood of Christ (a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church). Dictionary.com
Which means everything.
Please watch watch this fantastic 1:18 second video from RealcatholicTV.com with your children to help them understand that this is what going to Mass is really all about.
From The Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman
First Sunday of every month at 5pm.
We wish to thank Bishop Chris Prowse for his support and encouragement in making this Mass possible. http://newmanparish.org/(Please note this is not associated with the society at Tynong)