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  1. Dear Father Finelli,

    I just recently started listening to your podcasts, and I wanted to send some feedback to let you know how this podcast has helped me to feel more connected to my community of Catholic believers. I chose this podcast to comment where you talk about the importance of going to Sunday mass because it brought home to me a message that I sorely needed to hear. I do not live in the US and have been living abroad for more than 15 years. I have regularly missed Sunday mass during this time, although I call myself a practicing Catholic. When I return to the states every year or two, I go to confession and most often this sin is at the top of my list. I always include my excuse that mass is in a language that I dont understand bla bla. During these many years of returning home and going to confession, I have never left the confessional feeling the obligation that I must make it to mass on Sunday when I get back to where I am living. I just continued to repeat this pattern of missing mass and then confessing it when I return to the states. I rested on this excuse that Mass was in a language that I did not understand, and etc etc. Meanwhile I now have a family and I have been more diligent about going to mass but still, if there is a reason to miss it, I dont break my neck to get there, because in the back of my mind I have this rationalising voice telling me things… The fact is I understand Croatian well enough to follow mass, although I still pray in English, I have actually made the leap this year and attempted to go to confession in Croatian. But what I want to tell you is that I have not ever felt that any of the priests (always a different priest so there have been many to whom I have confessed this over 15 years..) have ever made me feel that this was so bad, that it was indeed a mortal sin and a breaking of one of the three most important commandments UNTIL I listened to your podcast. I want to thank you for putting it in no uncertain terms that going to Mass is one of the highest obligations that we have as Catholics. I am struggling to feel a part of this Catholic community where I am living as a foreigner but certainly that cannot change if I am not at mass.

    Btw, I really enjoy your podcast as I am hungry to worship in English and this has certainly been one way to satisfy that need. …..(the intro music is a little nerve wracking though!! how about something a little more soothing??!!)
    thanks so much for your work,

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