Why are Catholics compelled to go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation?
Because they owe to God the definite, regular, and public acknowledgment of their indebtedness to Him by the practice of their religion, and because the Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest act of worship in their religion. You must remember that religion is a form of justice, by which we render to God what we owe to Him. Catholics are compelled to fulfill the duties of their religion just as honest people feel compelled to pay their just debts to their fellow men. Honest people want to discharge their obligations. And the fact that they have real obligations does not affect the fact that their fulfillment of them is voluntary. God exacts religious acknowledgment. He tells us to remember to keep holy the Sabbath day; and that is not permission to forget. Now Catholics don’t want to be unjust to God, and their Church tells them that they will be unjust to God unless they attend Mass on the days appointed. They are glad to know their obligations, and attend Mass on those days rather than