I'm always glad to see people come to pay homage to the Lord throughout the week by offering Holy Mass. Daily Mass is not obligatory (unless it's a Holy Day of Obligation, namely (in the US) the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin (December 8), the Nativity of the Lord (December 25), the Divine Motherhood of the Virgin (January 1), the Ascension of the Lord (40 days after Easter), the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (August 15), and All Saints (November 1)), and it is great that people have it in their hearts to worship God during those optional times. It is the most pleasing thing that anyone can do for the Lord and the most helpful way to sustain the soul of a Christian.
Although it is none of my business, I can't help but wonder what others' motives are for assisting at Mass during the week. Just curious...
Do not get me wrong, we are a community of believers and we should interact cordially and socially with each other, and should be friends with each other, but the vestibule is not that far of a walk and it is very disrespectful and inconsiderate of those who are praying because that is what the church is for, a place to offer sacrifice, and prayer is a sacrifice.
Do I need to mention that our Lord is present in the Tabernacle? We do believe in Transubstantiation as Roman Catholics; the doctrine has even been raised to the dignity and solemnity of a dogma binding on all the faithful. This means that God, in His divinity and humanity, is physically present in the consecrated Hosts which were formerly bread and wine, but have now become His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. God is very much present in Dwelling Place (Tabernacle) where He is enthroned to be adored and worshipped by His people Israel (the Church) just as you and I would be physically present in church. This is basic doctrine.
Would we behave so carelessly before the throne of a temporal power such as a king, president, or emperor?
Anytime we are in the physical Presence of God (we're always in His presence because He fills all things and spaces), our attention should be directly on Him. Speaking in the nave is not disrespectful in and of itself, but it seems to logically follow that if we believe what we truly profess to believe about Transubstantiation, and knowing that the Lord is dwelling in the Tabernacle, that we would be very peculiar and reverent at all times before His Face.
That God, the Almighty and Omnipotent, has condescended to dwell among us His creation is a very beautiful thing to contemplate, but can we please give to Him His due? We should be trying to raise Him up as best we can. We should watch and be mindful of how we present ourselves before Him, what our thoughts and dispositions are, how we behave and speak. We are before the Holy of holies and as such, everything should be dignified and reverent, but it has to start from the heart before it becomes externalized.
Many times I have thought about writing to the parish on this matter, but since I already have a reputation as a die-hard rad trad (nothing could be further from the truth), I just don't bother. Also, I wonder how well I really am praying and how desirous am I to commune with God spiritually that I try to ignore the distractions. After all, I pray in loud, noisy environments all the time (classrooms, work, driving (not so noisy; I hardly listen to the radio), walking outside, in Wal-Mart, anywhere really), and although I would like the blessed silence of a church (as is usually the case at an Extraordinary Form Mass), I should be able to pray without it.
For nothing can separate us from the love of God (Epistle of the St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans VIII, 39).