The Catholic Mass is not only a beautiful liturgical celebration but also a means of gaining grace by receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist. During every hour of the day, somewhere in the world, a Catholic Mass is being celebrated, fulfilling Jesus’ request to “Do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19)
I love the fact that I can attend Mass in Spanish, Latin or any other language and I know exactly what is going on because there is a rhythm and ritual that is always the same. Yet each community can personalize the celebration through music, church décor and ethnic customs. I feel equally at home in a “gospel” style Mass in a tiny chapel in New Orleans as I do in a Latin High Mass in a cathedral in South Dakota.