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AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

THE HOLY MASS

At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.

At every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less according to your fervour.

Assisting devoutly at Mass you render to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage. You afford to the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

You are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you.

You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.

Every Mass wins you a higher degree of sanctifying grace here, and glory in heaven hereafter.

You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

When you hear Mass and offer the Holy Sacrifice in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thank God for the favour bestowed on him, etc., etc.

One Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death. Therefore, try to hear Mass every day.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (APOCALYPSE 14:1-5)

TODAY’S BIBLE READING (APOCALYPSE 14:1-5)

Last Week of the Year, Cycle II, Monday

The name of Christ and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

In my vision I, John, saw Mount Zion, and standing on it a Lamb who had with him a hundred and forty-four thousand people, all with his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. I heard a sound coming out of the sky like the sound of the ocean or the roar of thunder; it seemed to be the sound of harpists playing their harps.

There in front of the throne they were singing a new hymn in the presence of the four animals and the elders, a hymn that could only be learnt by the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the world; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been redeemed from amongst men to be the first-fruits for God and for the Lamb. They never allowed a lie to pass their lips and no fault can be found in them.

V. The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (TITUS 1:1-9)

TODAY’S BIBLE READING (TITUS 1:1-9)

Week 32 of the Year, Cycle II, Monday

Appoint elders in the way I told you.

From Paul, servant of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to bring those whom God has chosen to faith and to the knowledge of the truth that leads to true religion; and to give them the hope of the eternal life that was promised so long ago by God. He does not lie and so, at the appointed time, he revealed his decision, and, by the command of God our saviour, I have been commissioned to proclaim it. To Titus, true child of mine in the faith that we share, wishing you grace and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our saviour.

The reason I left you behind in Crete was for you to get everything organised there and appoint elders in every town, in the way that I told you: that is, each of them must be a man of irreproachable character: he must not have been married more than once, and his children must be believers and not uncontrollable or liable to be charged with disorderly conduct.

Since, as president, he will be God’s representative, he must be irreproachable: never an arrogant or hot-tempered man, nor a heavy drinker or violent, nor out to make money; but a man who is hospitable and a friend of all that is good; sensible, moral, devout and self-controlled; and he must have a firm grasp of the unchanging message of the tradition, so that he can be counted on for both expounding the sound doctrine and refuting those who argue against it.

V. The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 

 
 

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WITHOUT THE MASS, CHURCHES WOULD BE BARREN PLACES INDEED – A FEW PRAYERS, A BIT OF MUSIC AND THE FALTERING ACCENTS OF A PREACHER’S VOICE

“It was the distinguished publicist and man of letters, Augustine Birrell, himself a non-Catholic, who spoke volumes when he stated: ‘It is the Mass that matters.’

It is the Mass that matters

For the Mass is the unique possession of the Catholic Church, the very core of her worship, and differentiates her from all those non-Catholic religious bodies which all call themselves by various Christian names.

Without the Mass churches would be barren places indeed. We should have in them poverty-stricken worship – a few prayers, a bit of music and the faltering accents of a preacher’s voice.

Our Lord Jesus Christ in our midst

Having the Mass, we have the abiding Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in our midst as our Friend, our Food, our Sacrifice: Our Friend Whom we can visit on our altars; our Food to nourish us in Holy Communion; our Sacrifice to be offered to God the Father, and through which the merits of Our Redeemer’s blessed Passion and Death are applied to ourselves and our dead.

A striking witness to the vitality of our people’s faith is their personal devotion to the Mass and their evident desire to know more about it and to assist at it more diligently.”

– Father Gebhard

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Devotions

 

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ONCE SHE STARTED GOING TO DAILY MASS, SHE BECAME VERY CALM, BALANCED AND CHEERFUL

OUR SOULS NEED GOD

“I once knew a family whose mother was in and out of a psychiatric ward. She was not a Catholic, though the rest of the family were. It seemed to me that if she became a Catholic and started going to the sacraments she would stay calm and keep out of hospital. She was happy to become a Catholic, so I instructed her and received her into the Church and she started going to daily Mass. She soon became very calm and balanced and cheerful – she seemed almost a different person.

HER CHILDREN SAID THE ROSARY FOR HER

Then she went back to West Africa on holiday, and her mother made her go to her own local church, one, I fancy, that dabbled in witchcraft. The poor woman came back as bad as ever, and when I went to see her in her psychiatric ward she would not even speak to me. However, her children started saying the rosary for her every day, and their mother came out of hospital and resumed her sacramental life. Once more she became peaceful and contented, and all was well again. When she went to the sacraments she was fine, but when she didn’t she lost her balance completely.

WE WERE NOT MEANT TO REMAIN MERE HUMAN BEINGS

I suppose you could say that in God’s original design we were never meant to remain mere human beings. We were meant to be also living that sharing in God’s life which we call the life of grace.

SIN TIES KNOTS IN THE SOUL, KNOTS THAT NO PSYCHIATRIST CAN UNRAVEL

The sin of our first parents introduced a flaw into the product. The sacraments are the remedy, the supplement, the correction, that God has provided to make good the fault. But it’s up to us to decide whether we use it or not.

Our Lord is like the doctor of our soul when he comes to us in the sacraments. The same Jesus who went around Galilee, doing good and healing all manner of diseases, is still healing our sick souls when we turn to him for help.

Sin ties knots in the soul, knots that no psychiatrist can unravel. But God can, and he does it in the sacraments, in baptism to begin with, and then in confession.”
– Fr Hugh S. Thwaites

 

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