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By Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange, April 23, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, bishops throughout the world have restricted the ability of Catholics to attend Mass temporarily. For some, this has been a crisis of faith. For others, even though they have managed, they still feel a hole. I don’t wish to use our time here to debate the merits of this decision, so much as to confront a pastoral reality: there are lots of Catholic faithful who are now struggling spiritually due to the suspension of these masses, and we must help our brethren in need. One way to do this is to live our lives as Catholics in a liturgical manner, and to understand this is far more than just the Mass.

Unfortunately, a lot of Catholics today equate the “liturgical life of the Church” entirely with “the Mass.” Some, with a vague semblance that the liturgical life is more than the Mass (including such things as the Breviary, benediction, adoration, etc) still limit the liturgical life to the official celebrations of the clergy and the institutional Church. This is a mistake.  The liturgical life of the Church is open to all, and is about far more than just the Mass and other celebrations of the Church.  ….

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