WHAT IS THE BEST AND PERFECT WAY TO ADORE AND THANK GOD?
WHAT IS THE BEST AND PERFECT WAY OF ADORING GOD?
In a previous post, we have briefly enumerated the Top 5 Reasons Why We Need to Go to Holy Mass Every Sunday. In this post, we shall answer the question: What is the best and perfect way to adore and thank God?
Attending the Holy Mass is the best and perfect way of adoring and thanking God. It is the best and perfect way to repair for our sins and to ask not only for our needs, but for the needs of humanity as well. Why?
Below you have an excerpt from the Catholic best-seller, “In Conversation with God,” vol. 2, no. 30.3, which explains why.
The Holy Mass “is essentially identical with the Sacrifice of the Cross,” and “the Sacrifice of the Mass has an infinite value. In each Mass there is offered to God the Father an infinite act of adoration, thanksgiving and reparation, quite independent of the specific dispositions of the people attending, or of the celebrant. This is because Christ is at once the principal Offerer and the Victim who offers himself. Thus there is no more perfect way of adoring God than by offering the Mass, in which his Son, Jesus Christ, is offered as the Victim, and at the same time acts as High Priest.
There is no more perfect way of thanking God for everything that He is and for his continual mercy towards us: there is nothing on earth that can be more pleasing to God than the Sacrifice of the altar. Each time Holy Mass is celebrated, reparation is made for all the sins of the world, because of the infinite dignity of the Priest and of the Victim. We have here the only perfect and adequate reparation, to which we must unite our acts of sorrow. It is the only adequate sacrifice that we men can offer, and through it our daily occupations; our sorrows and our joys can take on in it an infinite value. The Holy Mass is really the heart and the centre of the Christian world (John Paul II, Homily at the Seminary of Venegono, 21 May 1983). In this holy sacrifice, There is engraved whatever is most profound in the life of every human being: the life of the father, the mother, the child, the elderly person, the young man and the young woman, the teacher and the student, the man of culture and the uneducated man, the nun and the priest – of each one without exception. It is in this way that man’s life becomes inserted, by means of the Eucharist, into the mystery of the living God (idem, Homily at 20th Italian National Eucharistic Congress, 22 May 1983).
The fruits of each Mass are infinite, but in us they are conditioned by our personal dispositions, and thus limited.
Mother Church invites us to share conscientiously, actively and piously in the most sublime action which takes place each day (cf Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 48 and 11). We have to try to be attentive and recollected, particularly at the moment of the Consecration. For these moments we will try to penetrate into the soul of him who is at once Priest and Victim in his loving oblation to God the Father, just as on Calvary. This Sacrifice will then be the central point of our daily life, as it is of the liturgy and of the life of the Church. Our union with Christ at the moment of the Consecration will be the more complete the greater our identification with God’s will; the greater our dispositions of self-giving. In unity with the Son we offer the Holy Mass to the Father and, at the same time, we offer ourselves through him, with him and in him. This act of union must be so profound and true that it permeates the whole of our day and has a decisive influence on our work, on our relations with others, on our joys and failures: in fact, on everything we do.
If when the moment of Communion arrives and Jesus finds us with these dispositions of self-surrender, of loving identification with the will of God the Father, what will He do but pour out the Holy Spirit with all his gifts and graces on to us? We have many aids to enable us to live the Holy mass well. Amongst others we have the help of the angels, Who are always present there in large numbers to give honour to this holy mystery. If we unite ourselves to them and their intentions we must indeed receive much favourable influence from their company. The choirs of the Church militant unite and join in with Our Lord in this divine act: in him, with him and through him, in order to win over the heart of God the Father and to make his mercy forever our own (St Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life). Let us turn to them in order to help us avoid distractions. . Let us make the effort to take more loving care of this unique moment in which we share in the Sacrifice of the Cross.”
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With the above-mentioned profound theological reasons, we realise not only the immense, but above all, the infinite value of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If we believe in all that our Catholic faith teaches us about the Sacrament of the Holy Mass or Holy Eucharist, we will translate our faith in it into a frequent attendance of the Holy Mass during the week and deeds of love towards Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.
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