(Quote) Patricia-29176 said:
It's not difficult to plan a vacation such that one can attend Mass (and thus recei...
(Quote) Patricia-29176 said:
It's not difficult to plan a vacation such that one can attend Mass (and thus receive the Eucharist), so I do take exception to your description saying that "some people could work themselves into a frenzy trying to jump through hoops" to describe this. Really? I don't recall working myself into a frenzy to jump through hoops! But, actually, I would jump through hoops to be able to go to Mass to receive Christ. Don't you think it is important to go to Mass and receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ? If you've watched EWTN or talked to holy priests or read the words written by the Saints, it becomes clear that receiving Christ in the Eucharist (which one can generally do only at Mass) is the most important thing we can do. I truly don't understand why anyone would want to miss this on Sunday (or Sat. PM), particularly when it is quite easy to plan just a bit so that one can attend Mass while on vacation (or in this example choose a different cruise line that has a priest onboard).
I'm actually surprised at the responses being given here in this thread. It appears that you and others are supporting the position that it is just fine to miss Mass while on vacation instead of making the effort to attend Mass ( and not just because it is a "rule" of the Church, but because it is the most important way to become close to Christ ). That attitude is just so foreign to me - and so very sad (perhaps not uncommon though in this secular culture we live in and which Catholics seem to be starting to assimilate.)
As I stated, I do take the obligation seriously, but after years of talking about such situations with priests and clergy, I follow their line of thinking. For the record, some of these conversations took place before Vatican II. I've known people who have gone into the wilderness where accessibility was limited and accessible only by plane which offered limited flights. No -- no churches of any kind around. No - no special flights to pick up someone to attend Mass over 200 miles away. Actually, there weren't even any hoops to jump through. Did they select that location just to get away from going to Church? No -- it was incidental. Was this something done often? No - it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They were completely disconnected from civilization, and that helped them in their mental, emotional, and yes, spiritual well being by doing that. Were they wrong in going? I don't believe so. In fact, one of them returned more spiritually awake than ever -- the experience included spending quiet, isolated time with the Lord and he cam back a better person.
How many keep holy the Lord's day even if they attend Mass, then do servile work during the rest of the day? Is that a better situation than one who misses one Mass in his/her lifetime for a valid reason? How common is it to see cars zooming out of the parking lot seconds after the closing hymn is finished? "Go and serve the Lord." That can be done in different ways.
I know you aren't keen about my position, but you make it seem as if I'm approving of sloughing off. There's a difference in the situations and our words are being unjustly twisted. If you feel it's wrong, STAY HOME. The others are responsible for themselves.
Instead of pouncing on a small group missing one Mass, but otherwise faithfully attending, shouldn't we be concentrating on those non-practicing Catholics many of whom live within walking distance from a Catholic Church? They're the ones that need prodding.