I have found that maintaining a healthy prayer life is a constant struggle. I know it’s at the heart of my relationship with God. But careers, family, and other activities crowd it out so that it seems I don’t have time to pray. But this is when I need prayer the most.
“Every one of us needs a half hour of prayer a day, except when we are busy, and then we need an hour.” – St. Francis de Sales
Commitment to a healthy prayer life is critical as our life becomes more complicated.
In my personal experience, attendance at daily mass as helped me in my relationship with God. There are a few churches near my workplace that offer Daily Mass at times that fit my work schedule. I realize that you may not have this opportunity near where you work or live
I encourage you to give it serious consideration. First, start by attending a Daily Mass once or twice a week. Then grow from there. I feel the grace attending a weekday mass even once or twice a week are powerful.
The moment I wake up in the morning I feel responsibilities pulling on my mind. My focus switches between deadlines to planned activities. Headlines and advertisements are on top of this causing even more stress. Then I go to Daily Mass. There I can spend time each day and remember what is important. I can work on my relationship with Christ. I can listen to the Gospel and the homily.
Then I am united with Christ through the reception of Holy Communion. This helps me focus on what is important. This helps me to offer my day up to the Lord.
Daily Mass is a powerful start to the day. It reminds us that whatever may happen, Christ is there to get you through it all.
St. John Bosco had a vision in which he saw the Church as a ship guided by the Pope through stormy seas. Dark ships were attacking the church as the Pope set sail between two pillars. At the top of the larger pillar was the Holy Eucharist while our Blessed Mother was standing at the top of the other. Why am I bringing this up? This is to illustrate what daily mass has become to me. The world we live in is chaotic. Things are always changing around us while our faith is attacked again and again. When I am at Mass I am reminded there is one constant in this world- that is our Lord Jesus Christ who will never change.
The Mass has become my refuge, my safe harbor from the darkness of this world. When I am at mass I have a sense of comfort and peace. I can shut out the noise of the world when I focus on the liturgy. The weekly Mass first starts this in my life then the daily Mass builds upon this. The daily Mass is the place of safety between the pillars of the Eucharist and Our Blessed Mother. This goes hand in hand with what I mentioned earlier about focus. When in the presence of the Lord we have the peace and stillness to focus on what matters most in the world. It gives us a renewed sense of hope in Christ to take on the day’s challenges.
Last summer I chaperoned the youth group retreat. This happened at the Steubenville East retreat organized by the Franciscan University of Steubenville. One of the speakers at this event, Fr. Jose Sanchez, spoke to these teens about growing in personal holiness. He spoke in a common sense approach to make it relatable to the youth present.
Fr. Jose likened daily mass to a bridge. We should attend mass weekly, but that is the minimum.
Throughout the rest of the week, we struggle with bad habits, sin, and temptation. Daily mass is a bridge to help get through all this and link us to the mass next weekend.
To summarize, Sunday mass and receiving the Eucharist strengthens us and gives us graces. As the week goes on, life distracts us from God and chips away at our resolve. This makes it much more difficult to avoid sin and grow in holiness as God calls us. He urged us all to start with attending one daily mass each week on Wednesdays. By doing this, we only have to go a few days before we listen to God’s word and receive the Eucharist.
This will give us the graces we need and strengthen our resolve against sin until the next Sunday mass. We grow in holiness by working to overcome sin and bad habits. We do t his by building good habits. Weekly mass is the right place to start, but it may not be enough. Daily Mass and prayer are powerful tools to help get us through the week and break habitual sins. Daily Mass has helped me in this area especially time where I have fallen again. It has given me the resolve to get up, not lose hope, and continue the fight.
This is just my personal witness to how even one extra mass a week has benefited my daily life. There many more ways in which the graces of a daily mass will transform us if we open ourselves to it. Life moves around us at a maddening pace, consuming what little time we have. But this is why it is critical to take the time to reach out to God through prayer each day. The most powerful way to do this is the Mass.