Catholicism Mini-Course: The Mass is useless (and why that's a good thing)
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Wednesday, August 15th
The Feast of the Assumption
6 AM, 9 AM, 12:10 PM, 5:30 PM
The Mass is useless (and why that’s a good thing)
Almost everything we do in life is done for some other purpose. We eat to fuel our bodies; we drive to get somewhere; we use Google to find answers.
But the Mass is different. Worship is one of the few activities we do for its own sake.
We don’t worship God to achieve other goals. We don’t worship to get something in return. Worship doesn’t serve some other practical purpose.
The Mass is good in itself. It has no other use—it’s useless!
But this shouldn’t scandalize us. It’s actually a good thing. Why? Because the most useless activities, such as worship, friendship, and playing sports, are the best in life.
Watch this video to understand the Mass in a new light:
An excerpt from
POPE FRANCIS: REJOICE AND BE GLAD
An intellect without God and without flesh
37. Thanks be to God, throughout the history of the Church it has always been clear that a person’s perfection is measured not by the information or knowledge they possess, but by the depth of their charity. “Gnostics” do not understand this, because they judge others based on their ability to understand the complexity of certain doctrines. They think of the intellect as separate from the flesh, and thus become incapable of touching Christ’s suffering flesh in others, locked up as they are in an encyclopaedia of abstractions. In the end, by disembodying the mystery, they prefer “a God without Christ, a Christ without the Church, a Church without her people”.
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