All Masses are of their very nature offered for the entire world; for the universe, even - & their fruitfulness can be applied to particular groups. So no Mass is ever purely private: neither priest nor people can speak of “my” Mass; for no such thing exists. The Mass is Christ’s Offering - not ours.
The prayer you quote is a “spiritual communion” - to make one a spiritual communion is good, but is no substitute for the Prayer of the Church gathered together as the Body of Christ, which is what the Mass & the Liturgy of the Hours both are. Our private prayers are not separated from the Prayer of the Church, which is public worship of God; but neither do they replace it. The wrist is not the collar-bone - but they can’t replace one another, & both are needed for bodily health.
I have watched Mass and prayed very attentively and even with tears at times, worshiping Jesus in this sacramental means.
Tears mean nothing - even whores cry. Tears are no evidence of devotion or holiness or piety. The test of our feelings & tears is obedience to God’s Will so far as we know it. If our devotion does not lead us to be more fully subject to God, it is worthless. Feelings are not valueless - but they are a very unsafe guide to our true standing before God.
People are moved to tears by any number of things - Handel’s “Messiah” is not the Mass, but it can be very moving.
Why does the Church have to be so difficult about everything and not see the compassion of Christ is given to laity as well, in personal relationships, and prayer forms.
What have you in mind ?
FWIW, the Church has made the Eucharistic Fast convenient, even barely noticeable. One hour is not a fast. It’s abolished many fasts & days of penance. Mass can be attended on Saturday evening. Outstanding feasts of great importance have been shifted to Sunday. What do people want - Holy Communion in bed ? That is provided too. Day after day that marked the cycle of the Christian Year has vanished, all to make things easy & comfy. No wonder the Church is dying - it’s anorexic.
I suggest this should be refined in the Catechism, and explained more sensitively to the faith life of individuals. I agree that going to Mass is a must, but the legalistic rules about it are borderline Old Testament.
Hebrews 10.25-26 is not in the OT. It’s in the NT. The obligation, and its forms are not to be confused. There are good reasons to attend, & bad ones - but attending remains a need either way.
The Church is compassionate - but not soft. Sometimes, the truly compassionate course is to be as hard as nails in saying “No !” to every plea for a sin, while treating those who make the pleas with compassion & respect. However faulty Christian practice has been or is or will be, that is the distinction that needs making. This can be agonising in practice, but it’s far better than to be indulged; that would merely give our sins even greater power over us. To pander to sin out of a desire to avoid being unkind is anything but kind; to do that, is often a form of the sin of sloth, which is one of the seven deadly sins.
The Bishops or Cardinals in Rome have recently had a meeting on the electronic age and uses in the Church. I have not researched any results of this yet. But I am assuming we will be hearing something. Thank you for your kind response.