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I Should Probably Be More Excited

October 4, 2013

As Catholics we realize that Our Lord has given us an amazing gift.  Providing that we are in a state of grace we can daily receive His Body and Blood.  Just take a moment to let that one sink in.  Not only did God decide to become man and then serve as the eternal sacrifice for our sins, but then he instituted the Eucharist and allows Himself to become physically present in tens of thousands of masses that are said every day.

So why am I not more excited?  Why do I often have trouble dragging myself to daily mass?


Today is a prime example.  I had several morning classes to teach, but my afternoon was wide open.  As I arrived at the university I began looking over my calendar and making my day in my head.  I though to myself “Oh I can go to noon mass today”.  Okay then! This is going to be a good day right?  I’m going to be all Catholic and make it to a noon mass at a nearby shrine.  As classes ended I packed my things and made one more look around my office and it hit me:  The St. Louis Cardinals are playing Game 2 of the NLDS at noon… and thus ended my plans to attend mass.

Even as I’m writing this (the game ended seconds ago with a 7-1 loss), I feel bad for my decision.  I mean I’m supposed to be a good Catholic.  I’m supposed to love the Lord, I own many leather bound books.  Mass or watching a ballgame on TV, this is supposed to be a no-brainer.   Yet the decision to attend mass wasn’t made.

Why is this?

Why did I decide to watch my beloved St. Louis Cardinals on TV instead of  attending the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.  I could have Joined with the angels in heaven and sang Sanctus Sanctus Sanctus, I could have had my venal sins forgiven, I could have received the Lord… and I didn’t.

Not that I’m passing the blame, but as Catholics we need to get on the ball.  Don’t we all make decisions like this?  Maybe we need to rethink our faith.  Refocus.  Decide what is really important.  If we did life might be a little more exciting.


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  1. “If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives.” — Our Lady of Fatima to Bl. Jacinta

    I know exactly what you’re talking about. A while ago, I told myself that the minute I started leaning towards not going to Mass when I could (unless it was for a real reason), the answer had to immediately become “Too bad. Your going. No matter what.” If I didn’t do that, I’d probably never drag myself out of bed!

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