Hi, this might be a strange question, but I’m having a lot of trouble with it...
I know that there are days of obligation, but that it’s not a sin to miss Mass if you can’t make it. But what happens if you can potentially get there, but choose not to, because of a difficult family situation? For example... I’m technically an Eastern Catholic (though I attend a Latin rite parish) and today was a feast day - that I guess I was supposed to attend. I don’t have a car (and there aren’t any buses) so I have to get a ride to church. But since my family isn’t really church-going, in the past there have been some issues with me going to Mass often, or two days in a row.. (Saturday, and Sunday). Basically, I was too afraid to ask for a ride cause I didn’t want to create any arguments / conflicts. And I ended up not going. I don’t know..did I sin? :( this whole situation makes me very sad.. I really want to receive the Eucharist tomorrow.
A related question is about fasting... I broke my (Eastern Catholic) fast for another family reason. I’m a student and still live with my family, and my mom made dinner for us - but it had meat. (I’m not supposed to eat meat). I felt it would be uncharitable to refuse to eat dinner with my family, and I didn’t want to hurt mom.. So I ended up eating it. But in doing so, I broke the fast and didn’t keep my obligation as a Catholic.. I’m REALLY torn on this issue.. I can’t just force my family to fast with me, and I don’t have the money to buy separate groceries to cook my own meals.
What do you all think? :(
this is upsetting me a lot because I'm dealing with a lot of other things right now... I really wanted to receive the Eucharist, I really need it. But I don't want to offend God by receiving Him unworthily.