More honour is paid to God by a single
Mass than by all other actions of Angels and men, even the
most fervent or heroic. Yet how many are attracted to Mass
by the intention of rendering to God an honour so
extraordinary? Are there many who reflect with pleasure on
the glory that the Almighty receives from this sacrifice,
who rejoice at having it in their power to honour God
according to His greatness and His deserts; who give thanks
to our Divine Lord for having, while He abolished the
ancient sacrifices, left us a Victim proportioned to the
benefits we need, a Victim sufficient to efface all the sins
If my own good works are weak, imperfect,
nay, sometimes stained with venial sin; still when I offer
up the adorable sacrifice of the Mass, then, O my God, I can
be full of courage and confidence, I can challenge heaven
itself to perform any action more pleasing to Thee. Happy a
thousand times are Christians, if they but knew how to make
profit of their advantages!
With what intentions do we come to Mass,
with what fervour and recollection do we assist at it?
Do you come through human respect, through custom, (just to
avoid mortal sin on a Sunday or holiday, and not at all on
other days, though you well might)? Do you allow
yourself during Mass to be carried away by idle thoughts,
keeping no control of your eyes and your attention?
Have you, then, nothing to thank God for?
Have you continued to thank Him sufficiently, as warmly as
He deserves? Take care lest by ingratitude you dry up
the fountain of His beneficence towards you, lest He divert
to some more grateful recipient the blessings He intended
"Without the Sacrifice of the Mass", says
a holy doctor, "the world would have been destroyed by the
Divine justice many times; the Mass restrains the arm of the
Divine vengeance." That is why the demon endeavours to
deprive us of the Mass by the efforts of heretics (and of
men who hate God); for he sees that mankind would perish had
it not this bulwark to oppose to the offended justice of
Why do we Neglect the Mass?
Strange, then, it is that the Lord cannot
fill His temples without using a sort of violence, without
issuing commands and precepts, as if the profit we can draw
from the sacrifices offered up to Him were not enough to
urge us to join in offering it. But men do not know of
its priceless value and therefore neglect it; and can any
ignorance be more deplorable? Or is it that the great number
of Masses that are offered all over the world makes us think
more lightly of this mystery, and that the very liberality
of God has the effect of making us the more ungrateful?