The Pew Research Center (PRC) asked this question pointing out that we have this thing about happiness. We have certain inalienable rights, declares our Declaration of Independence, among them “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Two hundred years later how are we doing?
When PRC looked at happiness and religious attendance, they found that people who attend religious services weekly are happier (43%) than those who attend monthly or less (31%) or those whose attendance is seldom to never (26%). For example, 38% of all Catholics who attend church weekly or more, report being very happy, while just 28% of Catholics who attend church less often say they are very happy.
Another study showed the correlation between weekly attendance and having close religious friends in the congregation was also key to having a happier, more satisfying life. The connection between the sense of community and life satisfaction was very strong. There is a high trust level in congregations and people feel comfortable asking for support.
The studies prove that God knows what he is doing. In his wisdom, he gave us this powerful commandment to insure our happiness and well- being. Today, we have many who have chosen not to obey this commandment and have left the church or only seldom attend. Perhaps, if they knew about the wonderful benefits, they might have second thoughts.
Sooo….please share these benefits of attending mass with your family and friends, especially those who may have drifted away from the faith. Ask them “are you happy yet?’
Then invite them to “Keep Holy the Sabbath.”