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By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange, Jan. 23, 2023
Father Ed Broom is an Oblate of the Virgin Mary and the author of Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary and From Humdrum to Holy. …
“I really get bored when I go to Mass… I don’t’ like the choir and the music… the preaching puts me to sleep… there are so many scandals in the Church… I am so busy that I simply do not have time for Mass… Going to Mass is for the old people; Later on in my life, I may drift back to the Church in better days…”
All of the above negative comments are leveled against returning to the Church and receiving the life-saving graces that flow most abundantly through the Sacraments, especially through the greatest of all Sacraments: the most Holy Eucharist.
Most Catholics throughout the world do not attend Holy Mass. In many predominantly Catholic countries, the second largest religion is non-practicing Catholics. While the huge majority of the people in these countries would state that they are Catholic, they rarely attend Holy Mass.
There has been a radical change in the past decades. In the USA in the 50s and even into the early 60s, statistically close to 75% of Catholics would regularly attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, almost every Sunday. Personally, I remember missing Holy Mass only once as a child and it was because of a violent snow-storm which stranded our family! Now, the numbers and statistics have done a total u-turn. Perhaps 20% or less attend Holy Mass every Sunday. …