Friday, November 28, 2014
Catholics have had to risk their lives for Mass
In ages past, many Catholics had to risk their lives to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the supreme act of worship that we owe God. During the prayers of Consecration, we firmly believe that bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. (Not all of the people who read this blog are Catholic.) We are obligated, under pain of mortal sin, to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, fulfilling the Biblical command to keep holy the Sabbath. Church bullies do not absolve us of this duty.
As difficult as it may be, we must press on go to church, regardless of what has happened. Of course, if this becomes excruciating, it would be a good idea to move to another parish. However, oftentimes, this is not possible, especially if we live in an area with only one Catholic church. Under these circumstances, we must strengthen our resolve and put up with the situation, as horrible and discouraging as it may be.
In various parts of the world, at various times, including the present era, Catholics could be killed for their faith. The early Christians risked being fed to the lions, which was why they worshiped in the catacombs. Others, such as Saint Thomas More, lost their lives for refusing to compromise. Last year, more than 2,000 people were killed, around the world, for being Christians.
Although most people can now attend church without risking their lives, they may encounter sufferings and persecutions that come from within. These can be very harmful, because they have the potential to kill the life of Christ in your soul. Don't let them.
God Bless you all.
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