Going to Mass Online Makes One Mindful

Pope Francis leads the daily Santa Marta Mass at the Vatican, February 27, 2020. (Vatican Media/Handout via Reuters)
Absent in the body, present with the Lord.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen she’s running late for Mass, a friend of mine asks her guardian angel to go ahead and stand in for her at the church until she arrives. So she told me once. A canon lawyer would say no. I might lightly mock her sentimentality if it didn’t touch on a crucial question. Catholics cherish the real presence, as we call it, of Christ in the Eucharist, the bread and wine consecrated by the priest at Mass, but what about our presence? Is that a mystery too?

It is possible to be at Mass in body but not in spirit. We …


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