Infers tie between low attendance, identity loss - Catholic Courier
This photo illustration shows a priest preparing to distribute Communion during Mass. (OSV News photo/Bob Roller)

This photo illustration shows a priest preparing to distribute Communion during Mass. (OSV News photo/Bob Roller)

Infers tie between low attendance, identity loss

To the editor:

In response to Mr. Dan Lill’s comments (February 2024) on what Catholics might prioritize and his dismissive view of simpler traditional issues, I would suggest that clarifications of basic devotional rules and practices about obligations for Mass attendance — and one might add, fasting and abstinence — once had real meaning for Catholic identity.

“Keeping holy the Lord’s Day,” even if that means two days in sequence, might also serve as a reasonable and regular reminder of our place on earth and our joy in knowing and serving God.

A religion that prioritizes social justice and the concerns for environment may be attractive to otherwise restless and active Catholics, but I think much has been lost of our basic Catholic identity by an over-emphasis on this world at the expense of the mystery and meaning of the next.

Perhaps that is part of the reason for the all-time low church attendance that the writer laments.

Joe R. Struble
Rochester

Tags: Catholic Beliefs
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