What Happens When I Am Not at
From Pascha Nostrum, Church of the Resurrection, NYC, August 2007
- Somebody who was looking forward to seeing you, missed you.
- Somebody who expected to see you wonders if you are ill.
- Your neighbour, children, or house guests get the idea that church
doesn't matter to you.
- There is one less voice in the hymns and prayers to God.
- You do something else instead, which you could do at any other
time, or you do something else that you could only do then, either
way thus proclaiming your priorities.
- You lead into temptation someone who is in church - the temptation
to feel superior.
- The church is less prepared for its daily work.
- Someone who admires you thinks, "If it isn't important to N., why
should it be important to me?" Your family follows your lead and
doesn't come either.
- Your family wishes you were with them at Mass.
- There is one less person praying for the troubled, sorrowful, and
sick, for the church and for the world.
- Jesus is saddened.
- Your life is not offered up at the Offertory.
- You cannot receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
- The work of the priest who baptised, taught and presented you for
confirmation is mocked.
- You make communication of parish news harder.
- You are not reminded BY the Word of God OF the Word of God.
- Departed loved ones are remembered by one fewer person.
- You start to form one new bad habit.
- You treat as optional something Our Lord commanded.
- People who are working to build up the church are discouraged.
- You break the promise which you made, or which was made on your
behalf at your baptism.
- The Church is not full, and not being full, lacks just that much
exuberance and joy.
- The Devil is delighted.