Today is the Feast of the Ascension. You know....Ascension Thursday. Most parishes in the country will be celebrating the feast on Sunday.
Gutting the church calendar has never made sense to me. Does deleting a holy day of obligation make Catholics more serious about the faith? Was the reason it happened, the priest shortage? No need for extra Masses, one daily Mass (or none if it's the priest's day off)?
A pastor once told me a priest needs a day off from saying Mass sometimes. Really? I responded saying I couldn't imagine not wanting to say Mass every day. He replied sardonically, "Well, I can." He later left to marry a woman with whom I carpooled. Can't say I was surprised
How is watering down the faith to make it more palatable to....to whom...working out? One of the fastest growing "religious" groups is the nones, i.e., those who practice no organized religion. Not surprisingly, it has serious implications in the marketplace. In 2020, 40% of Biden voters were nones. Was Jesus thinking of our time when He asked, "When I return will I find any faith on the earth?"
Keep the feast. It may not be a holy day of obligation, but celebrate it with Mass anyway. If you're fortunate enough to have a traditional Latin Mass nearby, you can celebrate the feast liturgically TODAY.
Ascension Thursday is an important feast as the rogation days indicate. Don't know what they are? Go here. You can also visit Fr. Z's site and hear the litany sung. How much we have lost!
May your heart be filled today with gratitude to God for all His bountiful goodness to His children. The Easter season may be nearing its end, but God's goodness never ends. May Jesus Christ be praised.
Happy Ascension Thursday!