It's been a long time since I posted in the Forums, but today unfortunately seems like a necessary day to start. My friend, a devout Catholic, and the God-father of my son Giovanni didn't make it to mass today. It is the Feast of the Assumption and between school and band he missed the vigil and the two Masses this morning. I urged him to skip band practice and go to Mass reminding him it was a holy day of obligation. He wanted to go, but unfortunately his mother decided that his commitment to band was important enough to override the obligation, and because of that he had a good excuse not to go to Mass tonight. He is seventeen and very obedient to the will of his parents. It is my understanding that if you are commanded to sin by your authorities, then you must not submit to that command. Was I wrong to tell him that it was a mortal sin? Were his parents correct in saying the obligation to band is an excuse to miss Mass? Should I have told him to override his parents authority with that of God's? She thinks I am trying to guilt him into going to Mass to miss band, but I really do care about him.
Pax et Bonum, Austin