How to Make One’s Business Prosper

Two businessmen resided in the same French town. Both were engaged in the same line of commerce, but while one was prosperous, the other found it very hard to gain a sufficiency, notwithstanding that he worked harder and rose earlier than his friend. Reduced to extremities, he resolved to seek advice from his prosperous colleague, hoping to learn the secret of his success. “My good friend,” replied the wealthy merchant, “I have no secrets, I work just as you work. If there is any difference in our methods, it is this: I go to Mass daily. You do not. Follow my sincere advice, hear Mass every morning, and I feel sure that God will bless your work.” The poorer man did as he was advised, and soon, in some unaccountable way, his difficulties ceased and his business prospered beyond all his expectations.

The Power of the Holy Mass

The famous general and hero, Simon de Montfort, with only 800 horse soldiers and very few foot soldiers, was unexpectedly trapped in the town of Muret by an army of 40,000 men led by the King of Aragon and Raymond the Count of Toulouse, who espoused the cause of the Albigensian heretics. He was hearing Mass when his officers came to announce that the besieging army was marching to attack the town.

“Let me first finish Mass,” he replied, “and then I will be with you.”

He then hastened to where his forces were already gathered together, bade them trust in God, and ordering the gates to be flung open, he charged right at the heart of the approaching army, threw it into utter disorder, struck down the King of Aragon himself and won a glorious victory.

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Baronius declares that the Emperor Lothaire heard three Masses every day, even when he was on the battlefield with his troops.

In the Great War [WorldWar I] it was well known that Marshal Foch, the Commander-in-chief of the French and British armies, heard Mass every day, even when the position was most critical.

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The Emperor Otho of Germany once summoned a council of his chief officers and advisers to take place in the Palace at Worms, at an early hour in the morning.

The Duke of Bohemia, one of the princes who was to take part in the council, was wont to hear Mass daily and was, therefore, late in arriving at the royal palace.

This delay threw the Emperor into a fury, and without waiting for the Duke, he commenced the council, giving orders to all present not to show honor or give any greeting to the Duke on his arrival.

Some short time after, the Duke entered the council chamber and to the surprise of those present, the Emperor, who at first seemed startled, rose in haste and showed every mark of respect to the Duke. When the weighty matters of state had been discussed, the Emperor Otho, noticing the surprise manifested by the assembled lords and princes at his change of demeanor toward the Duke of Bohemia, explained: “Why,” he said, “did you not see that he came accompanied by two angels, one on either side? I dared not show my resentment.”

Similar wonderful favors are granted to the humblest of the faithful, to anyone who hears Mass devoutly.

~Source:”The Wonders of the Holy Mass”~

St.Phillip Neri’s Ecstacy of the Holy Spirit

St.Phillip Neri,when once begging God to give him the Holy Spirit,saw a globe of fire which entered his mouth and passed into his breast.The heat that it caused was so great that he lay prostrate on the ground and tore open his habit.He felt a wondrous joy full his soul.His heart was greatly enlarged,and two of his ribs remained broken so that his heart could beat without difficulty.He felt no pain,but when saying mass or giving Holy Communion,his joy was so great that his whole body shook and made the altar shake.Sometimes he cried out,”I cannot bear such joy!Stop Lord or I shall die”

The Angel and the Roses

A poor farmer was wont to attend daily Mass for many years of his life.

He was crossing the snow covered fields one cold morning on his way to church.He thought he could hear footsteps behind him,and turning,he saw his Angel Guardian bearing a basket full of beautiful roses,which exhaled a delicious perfume.”See”,said the Angel,”these roses represent each step you have taken on the way to Mass,and each rose represents,too,a glorious reward which awaits you in Heaven.But far,far greater are the merits you have gotten from the Mass itself.”

~”The Wonders of the Mass”~

St.Louis and the Mass

King Louis of France,who labored perhaps more strenuously than any man in his kingdom and who was one of the best and most glorious sovereigns who ever ruled over France,found time to hear two to three masses a day!

Some of his courtiers suggested that he was over taxing himself with so many masses.The King replied:”If I spent much more time in following the pleasures of the chase,or in entertaining my friends at rich banquets,or in frequenting for several hours each day theatres and places of amusement,you would not complain that I was devoting too much time to pleasure.

You forget my dear friends,that by hearing mass I not only secure for myself innumerable blessings,but I confer the most important benefits on my kingdom,many more than I could possibly do in any other way.

This reply of St.Louis may be addressed to those thousands and thousands of apathetic and indifferent Christians who could easily hear daily Mass and do not do so.

Even when they were to make a great sacrifice,they would receive blessings and favors above their highest hopes.But,as s matter of fact,many could hear Mass without any sacrifice,or at so trifling a cost that their guilt in neglecting this Divine Sacrafice is,indeed,incomprehensible.Nothing but lamentable ignorance can explain the reason why so many Catholics neglect to hear daily Mass.

By hearing Mass,the day would become worth a thousand days to them,so wonderful would be the graces and benefits they should receive.

Far from losing time,their business would prosper more,and they would reach a degree of happiness that they could never otherwise hope to attain.

~”The Wonders of the Mass”~