I was over on Mr. Akin’s blog and found an article about not going to mass if you have a cold. here is a snip:
It is, in my opinion, an act objectively contrary to the virtue of charity to show up at Mass (or work) with a contagious case of cold or flu or any other similar illness (e.g., strep throat) unless there is a specific, counterbalancing factor of proportionate weight (like, “I’m supposed to get married at this Mass” or “I’ll get fired if I don’t clock in today”).
I’m not sure how to give a link to a blog, hope this is it jimmyakin.org/moral_theology/index.html
I have never refrained from going to mass with a cold. But part of what he points out is that the germs from your hand could transfer to the pew and stay there for 2 weeks. It is inevitable that I’ll touch the pew.
I go to work with a cold too, because my employers want that. But if I am not supposed to go to mass with a cold, I suppose I could not go. But it would seem odd to go to work then. I’d still go to the grocery store too (need to eat).
Any thoughts on this not going to mass (or other places) with a cold?