Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Catholics Have Daily Mass - Neener, Neener, Neener!

Here's an interesting story from The Washington Post about Wednesday night Protestant church services becoming popular again. In the story, one man talks about how being Christian is a lifestyle, not a one-day-a-week obligation. He's right on that point. But what he misses is that the only completely authentic Christian lifestyle is a Eucharistic lifestyle, which flows naturally from the Mass. The Mass, of course, is celebrated most joyfully on Sundays because of that day's "little Easter" designation. But the Mass is so vital that we have the opportunity to attend everyday. The Catholic Church is the only faith that recognizes that the unity of our heavenly destination and our earthly journey is made whole in the celebration of daily Mass.

I'm a huge fan of country music and this story reminded me of two recent country songs which I had problems with the first time I heard them and made me want to invigorate the heavily-Protestant country music world with some Catholic talent. The first song is "Monday Morning Church" by Alan Jackson, in which he sings about his woman's abscence leaving his "heart as empty as a Monday morning church." Yeah, Alan, unless of course you were Catholic and then the Monday morning church would be full. The second song is "What I Love about Sundays" by Craig Morgan, in which he sings about what he loves about Sundays - things like wearing jeans, football, blah, blah. But what we Catholics love about Sundays is the opportunity to attend a celebration of little Easter in the Mass.