Of Mass, Eggs, and Chickens
So which one came first? The egg or the chicken?
Growing up in a Catholic, homeschooling family, I was exposed to the lives of the saints from very early in my life. Mom got countless tapes of the saint’s lives presented as dramas, and as a child these were a favorite. I think I broke more than one of those old cassette tapes from over-use. I especially loved that so many of the saints would get up early for daily Mass, and the lives they led bore such beautiful witness to Christ and His Church. I never realized HOW or WHY though.
In my child’s mind, these men and women were saints, so they went to daily Mass, because that is what saints do. Holy people just do holy things. It never occurred to me that it was going to daily Mass that MADE them saints. Those holy men and women were not so much different from me. When they were going to Mass, praying, working, loving, and struggling, they were not saints yet. It was in the going to Mass often, praying the rosary, and calling out for the help and graces that the Sacraments bring that gave them the strength to become saints and gain Heaven. Holy things made them holy people.
They didn’t pray often or go to daily Mass because they were saints. They became saints because they prayed often and went to daily Mass.
So, I would say the chicken came first.
Just like every chick needs its mother hen to care for it, keep it warm, and feed it, we need Holy Mother Church to care for our souls, and keep us spiritually warm and fed.