These are the covers of "Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass" by Mark Hart and "Mass 101: Liturgy and Life" by Emily Strand. The books are reviewed by Mitch Finley. (CNS)
"Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass" by Mark Hart. Word Among Us Press (Frederick, Maryland). 186 pp., $12.95.
"Mass 101: Liturgy and Life " by Emily Strand, Liguori Publications (Liguori, Missouri). 144 pp., $11.99.
If it has been a long time since you read a book about the Mass, "Behold the Mystery" is a good one to read.
Author Mark Hart is a young adult, husband and father of four who is also executive vice president of Life Teen International, a "Catholic youth ministry leading teens closer to Christ." His book is a fine one for older teens, to be sure, but it will make ideal reading for anyone who wants to refresh his or her understanding of and appreciation for the Mass.
You're the rare Catholic if you have never grown at least a little weary of Mass, or if you have never nodded off during a homily that didn't capture your attention. Hart suggests that the problem isn't with the Mass, the problem is with your understanding of the Mass. Also, he asks, when was the last time you prayed for the priest or priests who preside at your parish's Masses? Are we laity doing our part to make the Mass all that it can be for everyone concerned?