Why go to Mass?
Father Ian Travers-Ball SJ (Brother Andrew) wrote:
"Several key aspects make up the Mass - with the most vital of these often neglected today. Namely that the Mass is a sacrifice. This sacrifice is the offering of a gift by the creature to its Creator, in recognition that he or she has received life as a totally free gift from God, on whom one is totally dependent for every breath."
In this year of the Eucharist, we could echo the words of Augustine Birrell, one time Chief Secretary for Ireland, who was asked why the faith of the Irish was so loyal and warm at that time, in spite of dungeon, fire and sword.
Having closely observed the lives of the Irish people, he replied: "It is the Mass that matters, that makes the difference, so hard to define, so subtle is it, yet so perceptible between a Catholic country and a Protestant one, between Dublin and Edinburgh."