Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
14th May 2017
Why Should We Attend Mass As Often As We Can?
by Rev. Fr. Peter F. Sfeir
Should not every true Catholic strive to attend Mass as
often as possible? The answer is found in a remarkable
and inspiring little book written by a holy man about
500 years ago, Thomas A. Kempis, in his well-known work
The Imitation of Christ: "When a Priest celebrates Mass,
he honours God, he rejoices the Angels, he edifies the
Church, he helps the living, he obtains rest for the
departed, and makes himself partaker of all good things"
(Book IV, Ch. V). Such marvellous effects are also
attained by the attentive hearing of the Holy Mass.
On this subject a striking illustration has been given
by a modern author, Rev. C. C. Smyth, who says: "What
would we say of the man who went to prison for debt with
a gold mine at his door? What would we say of the
drowning man who did not raise his hand to grasp at the
saving beam floating above him? What would we say of the
man who starved to death with the Bread of Life in
sight? Unless he were totally, absolutely blind, we
would certainly call him a fool. In the Mass, the Church
offers to every man a mine of limitless wealth, the
infinite merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, wherewith to
pay his debt to Divine Justice; to the man engulfed in a
sea of trials and temptations, she extends the saving
beam of the Cross; before him who hungers unto death
with unfulfilled desire, she places the Living Bread
from Heaven. Truly in the Mass, Heaven may be had for
the asking; yet every Priest is forced to admit, after
but a short exercise of his ministry, that the greater
number of Catholics neither understand nor love the Mass
as they should, and consequently fail to realise its
immense treasure of spiritual knowledge and grace.
Knowledge is the road to love and service. If Catholics
did but know the deep lessons of the various symbols and
liturgical ceremonies of the Mass, they would soon hold
faster to its graces and lead lives more practically
(and truly) Catholic".
As an inspiring conclusion, we quote the words of two
"One who knows how to profit from the Holy Mass will
obtain the forgiveness of his sins and the abundance of
heavenly graces, just as if he had been favoured by
being present and assisting at all of the holy mysteries
of the life of Christ."
"Thus, we who have the opportunity of hearing Mass may
deem ourselves equally fortunate with the contemporaries
of Our Lord, nay, more fortunate than they, since they
could only hear and see one Mass, and that a very long
one; whereas we may hear more than one every day and at
small cost to ourselves, share in the fruits of Christ's
life and Passion."
Explanation of the Mass by Rev. Fr. Martin von Cochem.