Category: Holy Mass

The Tremendous Blessings And Benefits Of The Holy Mass As Told By Popes And Saints. 

The Tremendous Blessings And Benefits Of The Holy Mass As Told By Popes And Saints. 

The Tremendous Blessings and Benefits of the Mass as Told by Popes and Saints.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass   Compilation.

The Greatest Prayer of deep ectasy with reverence. 
Pope Paul VI – “The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!”

Pope Benedict XV – “The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death.”

St. Thomas Aquinas (Doctor of the Church) – “The celebration of the Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross.”

St. Gregory (Doctor of the Church) – “The heavens open and multitudes of angels come to assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”

“It is most true that he who attends holy Mass shall be freed from many evils and from many dangers, both seen and unseen.”

St. Augustine (Doctor of the Church) – “The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.”

“He who devoutly hears holy Mass will receive a great vigor to enable him to resist mortal sin, and there shall be pardoned to him all venial sins which he may have committed up to that hour.”

“He [who attends Mass with all possible devotion] shall be freed from sudden death, which is the most terrible stroke launched by the Divine Justice against sinners. Behold a wonderful preservative against sudden death.”

St. Jerome (Doctor of the Church) – “Without doubt, the Lord grants all favors which are asked of Him in Mass, provided they be fitting for us; and, which is a matter of great wonder, ofttimes He also grants that also which is not demanded of Him, if we, on our part, put no obstacle in the way.”

St. John Chrysostom (Doctor of the Church) – “When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar.”

St. Anselm (Doctor of the Church) – “A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.”

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

The principal excellence of the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass consists in being essentially, and in the very highest degree, identical with that which was offered on the Cross of Calvary: with this sole difference that the sacrifice on the Cross was bloody, and made once for all, and did on that one occasion satisfy fully for all the sins of the world; while the sacrifice of the altar is an unbloody sacrifice, which can be repeated an infinite number of times, and was instituted in order to apply in detail that universal ransom which Jesus paid for us on Calvary.

I believe that were it not for the Holy Mass, as this moment the world would be in the abyss, unable to bear up under the mighty load of its iniquities. The Holy Mass is the potent prop that hold the world on its base.

Be now confounded for very wonder, reflecting that the proposition just laid down is indeed most true; a soul assisting with adequate devotion at holy Mass renders more honor to God than that which all the Angels and all the Saints put together render with all their adorations.

And, yet, with the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, viewed according to its intrinsic preciousness and value, satisfaction may be made completely for committed sin … Not that the Sacrifice of the Mass by any means cancels our sins immediately, and of itself, as does the Sacrament of Penance: but it cancels them mediately, calling down various aids of interior impulse, of holy aspiration, and of actual grace, all tending toward a worthy repentance of our sins, either at the time of the Mass itself or at some other fitting time.

“O blessed Mass, by which we come to have the Son of God placed not within our arms but within our hearts, Nor is there a doubt but that with Him, and Him alone, we shall be able to satisfy the debt of gratitude which we have contracted with God.

It is in our power by means of it to pay the fourth debt due to God, which is to supplicate Him, and to entreat new graces of Him. … Yes, yes: in holy Mass our dear beloved Jesus, as the chief and supreme Priest, recommends our case to the Father, prays for us and makes Himself our advocate. … How can you doubt but that He wishes to give you all the virtues and all the perfections which are required to make you a saint, and a great saint, in Heaven?

What graces, gifts and virtues the Holy Mass calls down … repentance for sin … victory over temptation … holy inspirations which dispositions to shake off tepidity … the grace of final perseverance, upon which depends our salvation … temporal blessings, such as peace, abundance and health …

In having Masses said for the suffering souls in Purgatory: “the holy Mass not only shortens their pains but also extends great immediate relief to those poor souls … the charity you exercise toward poor souls under purification will all redound to your own good.”

In having Masses said for your own soul: “… get celebrated all the Masses possible in your circumstances not only for the souls departed but for your own. Do this for two motives: first to obtain a good and holy death – it being the invariable opinion of theologians that there is no more efficacious means for attaining so holy a purpose. Another motive is that you may yourself issue quickly from Purgatory and fly away into eternal glory, there being no means more adapted for obtaining from God a grace so precious as that of going direct to Heaven, or at least a short detention on the way, than Indulgences duly gained, and the holy Sacrifice.”

-St. John Vianney
Patron Saint of Parish Priests.

“When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary – a joy, a fragrance, a well being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt.”

“If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.”

“There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.”

“When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee.”

St. Padre Pio, stigmatic priest: “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without the Holy Mass.”

Revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the Great – For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death.

Revelation of Christ to St. Mechtilde – He who is in the habit of devoutly hearing holy Mass shall in death be consoled by the presence of the angels and saints, his advocates, who shall bravely defend him from all the snares of infernal spirits.

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Christian Perfection Is Loving Your Enemies. 

Christian Perfection Is Loving Your Enemies. 


​*Christian Perfection is Loving Your Enemies*

(Homily for Saturday 16th March 2019).

_“… So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” *(Matthew 5:45).*_

In anything you do, never be content with being average. Always strive to be the best. The moment you stop striving to be better, you stop growing and this means you start dying. Jesus tells us today to aim for perfection because the God who created us is perfect and has wired into us a desire for perfection.

In today’s first reading, we hear the voice of Moses making us understand that worshipping God is a covenant agreement. If we do our part, God will do His part by taking us as His own.

Moses says, “you have declared this day to walk in His ways, to keep His statues and ordinances, to obey His voice and the Lord has declared that you are a people of His own possession, that He will set you high above all nations, you shall be a people holy to the Lord.”

Come to think of it, the summary of all the commandments of God is to Love our neighbours but the question is: Who is a neighbour? Is it simply the one who is friendly to you, speaks your language, lives close to your house or shares things with you? Definitely Not.

Your neighbour also includes the one who wants to destroy you, the one you are not supposed to talk to (just as Samaritans had no business with Jews), it includes the one who hates you, the one who is eagerly waiting to hear bad news from you, the one who has vowed to make life difficult for you and the one who never responds to your greeting.

Honestly, it is not easy to love people who only respond to us with hatred. But today, Jesus tells us that loving our enemies is the ultimate test of perfection in Christian spirituality. If we only love those who love us in return, then we are simply average Christians, ordinary church goers, we are no different from non-believers.

To be perfect is to have a heart so fresh and clean that it gives no room for hatred; a heart so sweet that it is never bitter at anyone; a heart so holy that it never contemplates evil against anyone. This is how God created us, this is how we were as kids. This is why Jesus says unless we become like children, we cannot enter heaven.

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, teach me to love all my neighbours as myself, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent. Bible Study: Deuteronomy 26:16-19, Psalm 119 and Matthew 5:43-48).*

Fr. Abu.

In Praying, Faith Is More Important Than Words. 

In Praying, Faith Is More Important Than Words. 

*In Praying, Faith is More Important Than Words*

(Homily for Tuesday 12th March 2019).

“And in praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” *(Matthew 6:7-8).*

As the saying goes, “empty vessels make the loudest noise.” A prayerful Christian is not necessarily a noisy Christian. The effectiveness of prayer is not in the number of words used, but the faith underneath every word.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus already told us to pray in secret so that our prayer is heard only by God who sees in secret. When we begin to shout and shakedown entire buildings, we not only draw attention to ourselves, we also display a gross lack of faith in the power of God who hears even the whispers of our mind.

In truth, when faith is lacking, we tend to use more words because it always seems to us that God hasn’t heard it enough or that God needs to be shouted at before He can take action. Jesus warns us today not to be like the Gentiles who heap up empty phrases.

*What is an empty phrase?* A meaningless combination of words or could it be what many often refer to as speaking in tongues? It is one thing to truly have the gift of the Holy Spirit, utterance, but a different thing altogether when you just make unintelligible sounds so that people would think you are speaking in tongues.

Before ever we set out to pray, we must first believe that the God we are about to talk to is more than able to do anything we ask. In this way, our prayer carries more weight even when we do not use many words. For instance, in today’s first reading, we hear God saying that just as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return without first watering the earth, so is every word that comes from His mouth.”

This means, it really doesn’t matter how many times we repeat it, God’s words are “Yes” and “Amen” They must surely work. Those who believe in prayer know that every word uttered in faith works like magic, they don’t fuss like the prophets of Baal who were attempting to challenge Elijah.

In teaching us to pray, notice that Jesus makes use of intelligible and coordinated statements. Jesus did not speak in tongues. Jesus did not even repeat any phrase or statement. Jesus addresses God as our Father. He praises God, asks that His Will be done (not ours), He asks for our daily bread, forgiveness of sin and deliverance from evil/temptations.

The Phrase, *“Let Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” is one that teaches us to be truly humble and place our absolute trust in God’s direction for our lives.* Why am I always trying to give God specific instructions about my future and my life when in truth, God created me without even seeking my permission?

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus also makes us understand that prayer is never complete without the necessary corresponding actions on our part. That is to say, if I do not forgive those who sin against me, I am actually asking God not to forgive my own sins against Him.

It doesn’t matter how many words I use, if there is bitterness in my heart, if I cannot give to my neighbour what I am asking from God, my words at prayer carry no value. How can I be asking God for protection when I am silently wishing the death of my neighbour? How can I be asking for my business to prosper when I long to laugh over the collapse of my neighbour’s business? How can I be asking for satan to die when I exult him afterwards by living a sinful life? *Prayer is not just about words, it is Faith in Action.*

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, deepen my faith in you that I may realize the need to use less, but only meaningful words in prayer and grant that my actions may not nullify for my prayers, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent. Bible Study: Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 34 and Matthew 6:7-15).*

Fr. Abu.

Planted Near Water.

Planted Near Water.

PLANTED NEAR WATER.

When I read about the biblical tree planted near running waters, two things come to my mind. First, I remember the flowers I planted a year ago and they were not growing as fast as I desired. I observed their slow growth was because they were in a position, under a roof, where rainfall hardly touches them. I decided to install a water pump and used it in watering them. The flowers got water more frequently and became refreshed. 

Secondly, the biblical plant near running waters reminds me of agricultural irrigation in northern Nigeria, especially in Malumfashi, Zaria, and Argungu where dry season farming is very common in the cultivation of vegetables and other crops such as cabbages, tomatoes, capsicum, (tattasai), carrots, sugarcane, rice and so on. Here, farmers use water canals, dams, water reservoirs from which the waters run into the farm ridges.

It was the prophet Jeremiah who uses the imagery of a tree besides running waters to describe a blessed person (Jeremiah 17:58). According to him, a blessed person is one who trust in the Lord and who is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. On a different note, the prophet describes a cursed person as someone who turns away from the Lord, as a shrub in the desert, in the parched places of the wilderness and in an uninhabited salt land.

Likewise, the Psalmist says, a blessed person is one who takes delight in the law of the Lord and meditates on the law day and night. He compares the blessed person to a tree that is planted by streams of water, which yields its fruits in season and whose leaf does not wither (cf. Psalm 113). On the contrary, the Psalmist says the wicked (cursed) person is like winnowed chaff that is driven by the wind.

It is interesting to see how Jesus shocked his listeners when he turned the standard of the world upside down in re-defining the meaning of blessedness. He says those who are truly blessed are the poor, the hungry, the hated and persecuted (Luke 6:17, 2026). These are like trees planted besides running waters. Conversely, He says cursed are the rich, the satisfied, those who enjoy laughter now and those who enjoy the praises of sycophants.

Make no mistake about it! When Jesus talks about the poor he means those who place their trust in God and those who have a childlike trust in God. Moreover, the poor are those who detach themselves from materialism in order to establish a deep relationship with God. Unlike the poor, the rich are those who are never contented with what they have and who look for every avenue to grab more and more, by hook or crook. They are like Dives who was insensitive to the plight of the needy around him. I wish to recall the words of a famous American preacher who says, “We are rich in the things that perish, but poor in the things of the spirit. We are rich in gadgets, but poor in faith. We are rich in goods, but poor in grace. We are rich in know-how, but poor in character. We are rich in words, but poor in deeds.”

It is not a sin to be materially rich, nor is it a virtue to be materially poor. After all, Abraham was a wealthy man, but had an unshakeable faith in God. He was ready to offer everything including his son to God. The story of the unforgiving servant tells us about a poor servant who was wicked to his fellow servant (Matthew 18: 21-35). This servant’s material poverty was made worse by his wicked heart. However, there are materially poor people who commanded respect and were dignified by God. For example, Jesus identified a poor and honourable person in the poor widow who was radically generously (Matthew 124144). Similarly, the book of Ecclesiastes speaks about an unknown honourable poor man who though poor, was wise, and he delivered a city through his wisdom (Ecclesiastes 9:1415).

In addition, Jesus speaks about the hunger that leads to happiness, which is the hunger for righteousness, virtue, purity, as well as the hunger for the word of God and for the bread of life. He says those who weep are blessed. These are people who suffer brokenness of heart over the affliction and sorrows of others and have a deep sense of empathy. Jesus showed this kind of empathy when he was deeply moved in spirit at the death of Lazarus. He wept (John 1133, 35). More still, He wept over Jerusalem for their stubborn hearts (Matthew 23:37).

Furthermore, Jesus considers those who are hated and persecuted as blessed. He showed us a perfect example, while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously (1 Peter 2:23). An early Christian writer perfectly describes the gentle response of Christians towards persecution. The writer says: 

“They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are dishonored, and their dishonor becomes their glory. They are reviled, and are justified. They are abused, and they bless. They are insulted, and repay insult with honor. They do good, and are punished as evildoers; and in their punishment they rejoice as gaining new life therein. The Jews war against them as aliens, and the Greeks persecute them; and they that hate them can state no ground for their enmity.”

Therefore, let us walk on the path of blessedness and happiness, which the Prophet, the Psalmist and Jesus show us. Let us be like that tree planted by running water which is never destroyed by winter, hotness, dryness and drought. This tree is a symbol of a person who is poor in spirit, who hungers and thirst for righteousness, who mourns over the affliction of others and who is hated and persecuted for his faith and good works. 

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6th Sunday of the Year C.

Homily Written By Rev. Fr. Gerald M. Musa.

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