"I recall the phrase 'It's the Mass that matters' from my high school years. At the time it only meant going to church weekly, and that it was an important thing to do. My faith has matured, and I realize the Mass is no longer a passive act of attendance, but rather an active participation with others in communion with the Church throughout the world. Together we hear God's word. Together we share the same bread and wine as did the apostles at the Last Supper. And together we are sent forth 'to love and serve the Lord.' The Mass still matters today, just as it did then. Only now I have a new appreciation for it."