Ok, weird situation, but I want to get some opinions.
I had intended on going to Mass at my usual parish on Sunday. I figured I would go to the 10:30 Mass (usually not up by the 8 AM). Anyway, I got up in time, but just didn’t feel like going. In other words, I was lazy. But then I felt I should go and then intended on going. So my wife asks me to go out shopping, and I go out with her.
Well, we are out and I see it’s getting close to 10. I didn’t want to annoy her by saying let’s go home so I can go to Mass (keep in mind I wasn’t too enthused about going anyway), so I just continued with her.
So around noon I get the profound theological thought about mortal sin. However, I had to work second shift (3-11pm). So not wanting to miss Mass, I called in sick to work (now while I was feeling a little under the weather, it was not severe enough that I would have normally called in for that alone). I did make it to a 5pm Mass on Sunday night.
But then I felt guilty about calling in simply to make Mass. Again, while I was a little under the weather, I probably would have normally went to work. So I really mainly called in simply to meet my Sunday obligation. Does that mean I committed a sin by calling in sick even though I would have normally went to work? I can’t help wondering if I cheated my employer by doing so (they had to pay someone overtime to work for me).
I know the primary sin that lead to all of this is acedia. I do normally attend Mass, but I am in a “dark night of the soul” (for lack of a better term). So I guess my question to all of you is:
If for whatever hypothetical reason (where you are completely at fault) you miss Mass, would you call in sick to work to attend another Mass?