Mass and the Interior Life

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These pages, now collected in one small volume, have been written for the purpose of helping the faithful, ordinary souls, to attain one most important object: active participation in the holy Sacrifice of the Mass; so that, consciously and deliberately, they may offer the sacred Victim, offer themselves and be nourished by receiving the holy Eucharist.

This book is the second English edition of the book which was originally published in Portuguese in 1936.

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“We must live the holy Mass. The holy Mass is the center around which the whole liturgy revolves. And the liturgy is the primary and indispensable source of the true Christian spirit.

Consequently the Mass must be the center of every perfect Christian life. This life is called interior in as much as it is hidden with Christ in God.

The Mass must therefore be the center of all our interior life.

These pages, now collected in one small volume, have been written for the purpose of helping the faithful, ordinary souls, to attain one most important object: active participation in the holy Sacrifice of the Mass; so that, consciously and deliberately, they may offer the sacred Victim, offer themselves and be nourished by receiving the holy Eucharist. In a word: that they may live the blessed Eucharist, the sacrifice and the sacrament, in its entirety, and that by living it they may sanctify themselves more and more, for that is the will of God: Haec est voluntas Dei, sanctificatio vestra (I Thess. IV, 3).

In writing these pages, I have been inspired by a heartfelt desire to do something for the good of souls: to make the holy Mass better known and consequently more deeply loved and lived, for it is the center of all our worship, the soul of our religion, the complete program  of our sanctity and a wonderful summary of dogma and morals. If I succeed in this I shall have co-operated in spreading the kingdom of God among men and disposed recognition of God’s rights over their lives.”

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