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I agree with you Pamela, that many Catholics attend church out of obligation. That also bothers me a lot. I think we could rephrase some terms like “Holy Day of Obligation” into “Holy Day of [i:1gc3ert2]Opportunity[/i:1gc3ert2]” :!: to capture the true essence and spirit that the Catholic Church wants to evoke and enliven in us.

I guess it makes sense for me this way and hopefully this may help you-
I’m glad that these people go at all. Even though they may not go with the great desire to receive Jesus in the Eucharist <img loading=” title=”Sad” /> I think sometimes this “obligation/opportunity” will bring more to church than would go otherwise- and that’s the more opportunity for grace :idea: to work on their hearts through the people, sermon, and Mass. It certainly shouldn’t ‘be good enough’ just to go to church to follow the Catholic Church’s teachings, because God wants us heart and soul and not just the actions that we do.

You’re not alone in this struggle. Keep reaching out to those in church and God can spark a revolution in the way many think about Mass!
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