The Powerful Graces of the Mass

St. Thomas, the Prince of Theologians, writes wonderfully of the Mass. “The Mass,” he says, “obtains for sinners in mortal sin the grace of repentance. For the just, it obtains the remission of venial sins and the pardon of the pain due to sin. It obtains an increase of habitual [Sanctifying] grace, as well as all the graces necessary for their special needs.”

St. Paul, the Hermit, stood once at the church door as the people entered. He saw the soul of one man, a great sinner, in such a state of horrible corruption as appalled him. Moreover, he saw a devil standing by his side who seemed to have complete control of him.

On leaving the church, he saw the same man so completely changed that he called him aside and asked him confidentially if he was sorry for his sins. The poor man at once confessed that he had committed many and very grave sins, but during the Mass he had read in his prayer book, “If your sins are as red as scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.” “I began at once to ask God to pardon and forgive me, and I am very sorry for my sins and I wish to go to Confession at once.”

St. Paul saw that by his act of sincere sorrow the man was, by the infinite merits of the Mass, pardoned of all his sins.

Miraculous Mass of St.Gregory the Great

In relation to the Mass, St. Gregory the Great is perhaps especially remembered by many for the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in 595 during the Holy Sacrifice. This famous incident was related by Paul the Deacon in his 8th century biography of the holy pope, Vita Beati Gregorii Papae.

Pope Gregory was distributing Holy Communion during a Sunday Mass and noticed amongst those in line a woman who had helped make the hosts was laughing. This disturbed him greatly and so he inquired what was the cause of her unusual behaviour. The woman replied that the she could not believe how the hosts she had prepared could become the Body and Blood of Christ just by the words of consecration.

Hearing this disbelief, St. Gregory refused to give her Communion and prayed that God would enlighten her with the truth. Just after making this plea to God, the pope witnessed some consecrated Hosts (which appeared as bread) change their appearance into actual flesh and blood. Showing this miracle to the woman, she was moved to repentance for her disbelief and knelt weeping. Today, two of these miraculous Hosts can still be venerated at Andechs Abbey in Germany (with a third miraculous Host from Pope Leo IX [11th century], thus the Feast of the Three Hosts of Andechs.

A Protestant Converted by the Mass

A group of English tourists, Protestants, assisted at the Holy Sacrifice in the Cathedral Church of Florence. The celebrant said the Mass with deep devotion, quite unaware that he was being closely watched by this group of strangers. Some of the group, when their curiosity had been satisfied, left their places near the altar and proceeded to examine the beauties of the sacred edifice. One, however, remained behind and continued to watch every movement of the priest until the conclusion of the Holy Sacrifice. He was evidently profoundly moved and was especially struck by the look of faith and joy visible on the priest’s face as he came from the altar and proceeded proceeded to the sacristy.

On his return to England, this gentleman begged for instruction and became a fervent Catholic. We do not hesitate to say that, when Protestants or unbelievers assist at a Mass said devoutly, they are frequently so deeply impressed that many of them, like the Englishman whom we have just mentioned, enter the Church.

Hasty and Irreverent Masses Far different, says St. Alphonsus, are the sad results caused to those who assist at a Mass hastily and irreverently celebrated.

~Source:”The Wonders of the Mass”

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”~