This morning I soooo wanted to start attending daily Mass daily just so when my kids complained that "We have to go to Mass every day," it would be true.
And then I went to Mass and remembered again exactly why I don't go to daily Mass daily. Yes, I suppose if I did it more often the kids would be better behaved. That's a theory that I fear would require much accumulated time in Purgatory to prove or disprove. You see, for every grace obtained by attending Mass and receiving Communion, I blow it by spending the entire time committing venial sins. Can one truly find God while plotting to murder one's progeny? When life imprisonment begins to sound appealing (benefit #1: no kids, benefit #2: I'm willing to bet that many prisons have daily Mass), you have to seriously consider the cost/benefit of going to Mass with kids.
Since today was a Holy Day of Obligation, I have no problem with obeying that directive. I feel that my act of compliance out of love of God and Church outweighs any discomfort, embarrassment or distractions I suffered for the 45 minutes. But most days are not days of obligation, and to attend Mass tomorrow, for example, would be an act of insanity, I believe. Perhaps in a few years I'll be able and willing to torment my children, as they now torment me, by truly going to Mass every day. Paybacks are unpleasant. But, for now, I'll tough it out on Sundays and leave the rest of the days to obtain God's graces in some other way.