I’ve been attempting the herculean task of trying to get myself organized and get on a consistent schedule, and one of the things I’ve been pondering is some way to make it to Mass every day. I spent a long time thinking over things like how I could adjust the kids’ schedules, trying to come up with some creative way to get through the line when I have three kids under three years old, etc. And then it occurred to me that maybe I should take a minute to make sure that my assumptions are correct: does God even want me to go to Mass every day?
I had just assumed that more is always better when it comes to religious activities, but I realized that that’s not necessarily so. To use an extreme example to illustrate a point, I’m sure it’s not God’s will that I go to three Masses every day, or that I pray ten rosaries, since that would impact my ability to care for my family.
And then I came across this article on the Catholic Encyclopedia, which added to my confusion. It doesn’t exactly have a clear stance on the issue (that I could tell in my rushed read of it), but it does mention quite a few saints who only received Holy Communion a few times per year and notes that there have been a fair amount of differing opinions on the issue.
Since it takes a huge chunk of time to go to Mass with the kids (about 1.5 hours on a good day), it makes me wonder if perhaps daily Communion is not the right goal. I’m starting to think that I should focus my efforts more on making all of my daily work prayerful and taking moments here and there to say brief prayers that just take a few minutes, and then maybe just getting to Mass one other day than Sunday — or something like that.
So, I ask my Catholic readers in particular: what do you think? Is it always the best thing to do to go to Mass every day, or is it equally fine to go less often if your life circumstances make it difficult?
[Since I am certain it will come up, I should note that, yes, I have read A Mother’s Rule of Life. I’m actually looking through moving boxes to find my copy since I feel like it addresses this very issue.]
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