[quote="The_Wizard, post:1, topic:301944"]
Why does the Catholic Church make not going to mass on Sunday a mortal sin?
This question may have been answer before but my search didn't bring up an answer that I found met the problem I am running into. I have a freind who is a "sometimes" Catholic (complex story). He has what I call "simple faith". The only things that matter are a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and LOVE. As an example, if questioned about the importance of the virgin birth his reply is "why do I need to care about it?". He feels that The Church making not going to mass on Sunday a mortal sin is reverting back to "THE LAW" and Jesus did away with "THE LAW" and replaced it with LOVE. And if we really had a relationship with Jesus we would not need to be "FORCED" to go to mass because we would be filled with the Holy Spirit and be "perfect" in Christ and go out of LOVE. So The Church would not need to hang the sword of mortal sin over our heads and FORCE us to go to mass on Sunday. SO, why does The Church hand the sword over our heads?
It would be nice if we weren't subject to concupiscence and other travails of the world and the flesh, no?
But we are. Just as a man who really loves his wife could still be tempted to be unfaithful to her, so can we be tempted to neglect God. The man who understands that he might be tempted will set up certain rules for himself and not rely solely on his love for his wife, will he? He will make sure he actively avoids temptations.
In the same way, the Church understands that a lot of people need help in their journey to God. One of these helps is to point out certain aspects of our relationship that are required in order to accomplish our aim of loving God. The *ideal *is to be filled with love for God and *want *to go to Mass, but some of us are not there yet, or may be suffering a cross or going through a dark night.
For all those who need a little extra help getting to Mass on Sundays, there is the obligation. On 6 days of the week, we do not have to go to Mass, but on the 7th, we must join with others to worship God because it is very important to the building up of our love for Him.
It is frequently the case that someone goes through a phase like your friend's; they wonder how anyone could be any different? But then God allows something to happen, and they see the necessity.