It is a reality that the number of people attending to mass, at least once a week, is decreasing more and more. As a reason to this, many are saying “it is always the same”, “same message and no essence of originality”. Others portray it as a “boring experience” and basically doing nothing amusing. Simply sitting on a cold wooden bench or chair, rise up and back down, alongside with awkward responses.
It seems that going to mass is just a nauseous experience. Some teenagers state that they are ‘forced’ by their parents to go to mass and to avoid all the hassle back home, they just go to a church, sit down at the far back or behind a column and ‘enjoy the ride’. Is uniting as a whole community to celebrate mass a “boring experience”? Are we just quitting quite easy from our journey?
Thinking about quitting without doing anything at all is already a lost battle to achieve your goal. One should open his mind and heart to all possibilities and not eliminate some well before starting. This is a reason why several youngsters are avoiding this intimate relationship with God through the Church – they are quitting before even starting the journey with the whole community.
Our faith should be lived as one, helping those falling out and encouraging others who think that this journey is tough for them. We need to discover the risen Christ in our heart in order to share his love with others. Our lives and experiences should portray His message of love and compassion, honesty and fidelity. Spiritual and humanitarian experiences worth living. This is what several young people are searching for – true testimony in what to believe in.
Living as a true Catholic nowadays may seem as something not worth it because it leads to several sacrifices, but it is a way of life in order to imprint love in others heart. Loving others helps to solidify the intra-connection of the community and this would be the sign to reflect on the world today. As Jesus Christ said to his apostles: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love stimulates the whole community in order to reach out to those in search for a true, authentic experience of Christ. It is a strive for an experience of love, compassion and prayer.
That is what the Church is, living on a prayer. That same prayer for unity and love.