I once heard of a survey of teenagers which asked them what word they most associated with the Mass. Now, I may not be a smart man, but it’s a no-brainer which word ranked highest: boring. Teenagers (and many adults) seem to find the Mass – which, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the “source and summit of all Christian life” – boring. Jesus left us the Mass, the moment when Heaven kisses earth, as the moment where we re-member Him, where the once-for-all sacrifice of the Cross is brought to this moment, where God Himself speaks to us of His love for us, and then becomes present to us, His Body and Blood disguised under the auspices of bread and wine, for us to receive Him, to be strengthened, to be renewed in His image.
And we find it boring. We complain about the music, the uncomfortable pews, the homily, the faded color of this banner or that stained glass window, the kids three pews away who won’t stop crying… and some people find every excuse they can to avoid it. (Why do I understand this so well? Because for many years in my life, I looked for these same excuses.)
After watching a group of my youth completely distracted at Mass, I put together a list of 8 things you can do to get more out of Mass: [Read more…]