"If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in the Sacrament of Holy Communion, I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude." ~ Saint Angela of Foligno
In “The Hidden Treasure - Holy Mass,” a 123 page book written in 1855 by Saint Leonard of Port Maurice, our canonized scribe plumbs the depths of the tremendous value of the Holy Mass. Captured with the poignancy, flair and clarity that only a man the likes of Saint Leonard can deliver, we are told that at the hour of our death, the Holy Masses that we have heard, with devotion, will in fact be our greatest consolation. Venial sins are forgiven, unknown sins which are never confessed too. Satan’s power over us is diminished. “By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass, he says, “we render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of our Lord.”
If these divine graces alone weren’t enough, Saint Leonard goes on to reveal these heavenly pearls, all additional virtues and gifts to be attained by way of the celebration of Holy Mass:
By piously hearing Holy Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory their greatest possible relief.
Through this Holy Sacrifice, our Lord Jesus Christ supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.
Through Holy Mass, you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.
During Holy Mass you kneel amid a multitude of Holy Angels, who are present at the Adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.
One Holy Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.
“Do this in remembrance of me” Jesus urges his Apostles at the Last Supper as he offers up not only his body and blood, but his very soul and divinity, doing so under the disguise of simple bread and wine (Luke 22:18-20). These words would go on to echo throughout tIme.
We may at times find ourselves wondering what we can do to further explore the profound magnitude of Jesus’ love for us, or to further glorify Him. In the celebration of the Mass, Jesus answers our question.
Through frequent attendance of the Holy Mass, we come to learn why it is so vital and our love for Jesus will inevitably and exponentially grow, as will our love of neighbor. As the priest offers the gifts and the congregation responds in unison “may the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands...for the praise and glory of His name. For our good and the good of all His Holy Church” we reaffirm why we celebrate the Holy Mass: So that God can be glorified and the world can be saved.
In a Holy Thursday Homily delivered on March 20, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said
“Christianity is above all a gift: God gives himself to us. He does not give some “thing”but Himself. And this takes place not only at the beginning, at the moment of our conversion. He continually remains the One who gives. He always offers us His gifts anew. He always precedes us. For this reason, the central action of being Christians is the Eucharist: gratitude for having been gratified, the joy for the new life that He gives us.” As we emerge from the Lenten Desert and enter deeply into the Easter Triduum, may we all renew our passion to encounter Jesus in this divine heavenly gift. For in doing this, we offer the most tangible proclamation of Jesus‘ love for us while expressing our love for Him.
We adore you O Christ and we praise you. For by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.