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Learn more about liturgy, then you'll receive more
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Pope Francis presides at Easter Mass at Vatican.
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Pope Francis presides at Easter Mass at Vatican.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

The phrase: “I don’t get anything out of Mass,” is heard from time to time.

What we “get out” of something is related to what we bring to it.

If I don’t get much out of Mass, I may want to ask myself what I am bringing to Mass? If I don’t understand what is going on during the Eucharist, then, of course, I am not going to get much out of it. One way to get more from Mass is to bring a deeper knowledge of the liturgy.

Eucharist is the Greek word for “thanksgiving,” and each Mass can be a time to thank God for the blessings that are in our lives.

Despite the evident pain and suffering in people’s lives, there also is always much to be thankful for, beginning with life, friends and family, and the freedoms we enjoy.  

To get more from Mass, consider all that you have been given by God in the previous week, and in grateful joy give back to God your awareness and gratitude for these gifts.

Each Eucharist can become like a “thank you note” to a kind friend who has done us a great service.  

We also can bring our sacrifices, troubles, doubts, worries and needs to Mass.

Christopher Kaczor
Los Angeles

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