“It was the distinguished publicist and man of letters, Augustine Birrell, himself a non-Catholic, who spoke volumes when he stated: ‘It is the Mass that matters.’
It is the Mass that matters
For the Mass is the unique possession of the Catholic Church, the very core of her worship, and differentiates her from all those non-Catholic religious bodies which all call themselves by various Christian names.
Without the Mass churches would be barren places indeed. We should have in them poverty-stricken worship – a few prayers, a bit of music and the faltering accents of a preacher’s voice.
Our Lord Jesus Christ in our midst
Having the Mass, we have the abiding Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in our midst as our Friend, our Food, our Sacrifice: Our Friend Whom we can visit on our altars; our Food to nourish us in Holy Communion; our Sacrifice to be offered to God the Father, and through which the merits of Our Redeemer’s blessed Passion and Death are applied to ourselves and our dead.
A striking witness to the vitality of our people’s faith is their personal devotion to the Mass and their evident desire to know more about it and to assist at it more diligently.”
– Father Gebhard