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“Everything I took for granted. Daily Mass after I drop my daughter off at school. Lighting candles for the sick (and sometimes paying for them!). Hearing a favorite hymn, and trying to sing it. Hearing Fathers Vince, Junior or Adam nailing a homily.

Seeing the same 99-year-old man, with cane, genuflecting until his right knee hits the floor – and seeing him painfully getting up. Going out of my way to shake a hand at the sign of peace. Seeing others at Mass, whether 20 or 300, and knowing that despite our doubts….we are part of a 2,000-year tradition.

The taste of a Communion wafer. Criticizing, in my head, the dude who leaves after Communion…..and then feeling like a jerk because I don’t know his story.”

Tom Brzozowski, Somerdale, New Jersey

“It surprises me how much I miss all of it. Even trying to find a seat, crying babies, unexciting homilies….Of course I miss the Mass and the Eucharist, but the others surprise me.”

Patty Amato, Claremont, California

“I really miss just being able to walk into church when I am feeling anxious or scared and sitting in silence during adoration or before Mass starts. I always feel Christ’s reassuring presence in sacred space and I have been missing that.”

Ursula Newcomb, Toledo, Ohio

“The Eucharist. I know it sounds obvious, but it hit me like a ton of bricks. I can hardly watch a streamed Mass without crying when the priest, and only the priest, is able to partake in the Eucharist. I don’t care how many times I say that ‘spiritual Communion’ prayer. It’s not the same.”

Nicole LeBlanc, Dallas, Texas

“Having Sunday to be a different experience than any other day. It has disrupted our lives in a way that feels something is terribly amiss. We had to do something about it. Even though we livestream Mass and keep Sunday holy, we had to change a routine in our family. We now bake homemade bread Saturday evening. We wake up to homemade bread, a different breakfast than every other day.”

Rose Kaser, Waukesha, Wisconsin

These appeared in AMERICA MAGAZINE, June 8, 2020

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