“I don’t feel spiritually moved.”
”My new Church has a great praise band.”
”The preaching over there is so passionate.”
”They teach the Bible more over there.”
”They have a great family ministry and child care during church.”
...and on and on I’ve heard the reasons why people leave the Catholic Church.
PEOPLE! WAKE UP!
We have the Eucharist and two millennia of Apostolic Tradition.
Game. Set. Match.
If we truly knew what we had in front of us in the Mass, namely the Eucharist, no amount of praise band koombaya or passionate fire and brimstone from the pulpit would lure us away.
The fact that huge numbers of Catholics leave for evangelical Protestantism proves the fact that many cradle Catholics don’t know their own faith. They don’t know the Mass, they don’t know Church history, and they don’t truly understand the Real Presence in the Eucharist.
If you don’t know your faith - LEARN IT.
If you don’t know why we believe what we believe - I BEG YOU, LEARN IT.
If you do know your faith - SHARE IT.
Often times those who need to hear it most are the one’s sitting next to us in Mass.
For your reading pleasure, here’s a brief article on Justin Martyr and the Eucharist in the Early Church.
"And this food is called among us Eucharistia [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined.
For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh."
-St. Justin, martyr (2nd century) (First Apology, 66)