Graces Received from Participation in the Holy Mass

Graces received from participation in the Mass, Holy Mass

Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God’s Goodness and asked Our Lord “How can I thank you?” Our Lord replied, “ATTEND ONE MASS.”

1. The Mass is Calvary continued.

2. Every Mass is worth as much as the sacrifice of our Lord’s life, sufferings and death.

3. Holy Mass is the most powerful atonement for your sins.

4. At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation.

5. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.

6. At Mass you can diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to your fervor.

7. By assisting devoutly at Holy Mass you render to the sacred humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage.

8. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.

9. He forgives the venial sins which you have not confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

10. You afford the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. You shorten your Purgatory too.

11. One Mass heard during life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.

12. You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you.

13. Every Mass wins for you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.

14. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.

15. You kneel amidst a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.

16. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

In eternity, we shall fully realize that it was certainly worthwhile to have assisted at Holy Mass daily.



3 responses

  1. Hi,

    You brought up a three points that caught my attention:
    1) Participation at Mass shortens your stay in Pugatory and gives relief to those currently in purgatory.
    2) Participation at Mass affords you a place of greater glory in Eternal Life.
    3) Masses heard in your own lifetime are of greater benefit to you than Masses said for you after your death.

    My own dear Nana died on January 30, 1958 and I have a Mass said for her every year on January 30. That Mass is always an occasion for great joy to me but, more than that, I know that it is a joy I can share with her. I get to enjoy being with her and she enjoys being with me.

    I am totally convinced that Nana has no anxiety about her purgatorial atonement or her place of glory in heaven. You might say she is utterly indifferent to those concerns because her attention is centered on me (and, indeed, all the living) and on my well being. Her submission to the care of others encourages me to let go of cares about myself and the disposition of my soul and to consider others instead.

    I have trouble making sense of your idea that some Masses are more important than others. I am of the understanding that there is only one Mass — the Mass of the eternal now. Every breath is the Mass. The body and blood of Jesus are everywhere present. My attention is fully focused on Christ crucified.

    The Lord asked St. Theresa to assist at one Mass because there is only one Mass for her to attend.

    See you at Mass!


    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for responding to this post.

      A lot of thoughts are crowding my mind as i read through your response. I will need time to formulate my reply to you. I will try my best to address the points you have raised.

      Should be able to get back to you in a day’s time.


    • Hi Paul,

      Once again, thank you for your response. Here are my thoughts on the points you raised:

      Firstly, I request you to see the post in a larger scheme of things and not as person specific. This is because we all are at different levels of grace in our life depending upon things starting with whether or not we believe He is the only Lord God and there is no other to our zeal for the Lord and His kingdom, the intensity of love we feel for Him, the passion with which we follow and want His will etc.

      Given that, those who are still babes in their faith will require more grace to grow in the Lord. We all need His grace to get close to Him. There’s nothing we can do by ourselves. And the means to acquire this grace is through prayers. Our Catholic tradition provides us with various sacraments that pump grace into our lives. The purpose of Mass is not to enjoy being with your loved ones here and those departed. To quote from Jude Huntz’s, Pray the Mass

      The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build the body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God; because they are signs that also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called sacraments of faith. They do indeed impart grace but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them most effectively disposes the faithful to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity. It is therefore of the highest importance that the faithful should easily understand the sacramental signs, and should frequent with great eagerness those sacraments which were instituted to nourish the Christian life……for it is the primary and indispensible source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit;

      Your joy of sharing the Mass with your Nana is incidental, it’s a part of the whole.

      After death follows judgement. It is only while we are alive here that we are able to prepare for the future life, prepare our souls for God, live in this world with our hearts set on the life to come – with our “eye on the prize” so to speak.

      You may be convinced that she is unconcerned about her purgatorial atonement but we cannot say with certainty if that’s for real. What we believe or like to believe is not always the same as what IS. A lot of times our beliefs are clouded by what is convenient to us or what makes us feel good. But the spiritual world is not aligned to our beliefs. Its the other way around. In the religious and supernatural order, the phenomena and effects wrought upon the soul are often reverse of those that occur in the physical and material order. We don’t know with full clarity what happens after death. But we are required to be guided in this life by the light of Holy Scripture and the words of the Doctors, Fathers of the Church. I would like to recommend reading from a book – The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Father Charles Arminjon, especially the chapter called The Place of Immortal Life and the State of Glorified Bodies After Resurrection.

      Since we already know that we were created to Love and Worship Him, it follows that its what we will be doing even after we pass away from this life. Your Nana, bless her soul, should be in Heaven loving our Lord and praying for you. But you can’t be sure of the state of her spiritual self. We can’t say if she regretted not attending every Mass she could while on earth, which would have helped her quicken her passage to heaven, shortened her purgatory or acquire greater glory. It is in this context the post says attending the Mass helps to shorten purgatory or provide relief to those there. Here I would like to request you to read, if not already, a booklet called – Read Me or Rue It by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan which talks about souls in purgatory

      Surely your Nana would be concerned about your spiritual and physical well-being and would be praying for you but we are responsible for ourselves. No amount of prayers from the dead or the living will suffice to justify your salvation if YOU do not choose Him yourself. That’s the doctrine of free-will. He has given us that will and the intelligence to know Him / about Him and to make a choice. And therefore, your Nana’s prayers can work only so far, but you have to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12)

      Traditionally masses have been said around the world for those who have passed away to assist in their post-life journey because it is said that there is nothing more they can do for themselves once they have left the earth. Therefore, those still on earth offer masses for them. It is with reference to this that it was said that attending mass while on earth is more beneficial than all the masses that people offer for you after your death.

      A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death. St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than many after it.

      This DOES NOT imply that there is a difference in one Mass from the other. It means that there is a difference in the benefit that a Mass can accord before or after death. After death you are at the Mercy of the Lord alone. No amount of pleading, prayers, Masses offered, promises made will change your spiritual status or lessen the intensity of the Judgement.

      Stay Blessed,

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