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13 Quotes of Saints That Reveals The Mystical Nature of The Holy Mass

13 Quotes of Saints That Reveals The Mystical Nature of The Holy Mass

The Mass is the greatest worship that Christians can offer to God!

Below are some quotes from the saints on the Holy Mass

1) “When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.” – St. John Chrysostom

2) “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.” – St. Jean Vianney

3) “The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.” – St. Augustine

4) “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” – St. Padre Pio

5) “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.” – Pope Benedict XV

6) “Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass; they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.” – St. John Vianney

7) “Let the entire man be seized with fear; let the whole world tremble; let heaven exult when Christ, the Son of the Living God, is on the altar in the hands of the priest. O admirable height and stupendous condescension! O humble sublimity! O sublime humility! that the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under a morsel of bread.” – St. Francis of Assisi

8) “No human tongue can enumerate the favors that trace back to the Sacrifice of the Mass. The sinner is reconciled with God; the just man becomes more upright; sins are wiped away; vices are uprooted; virtue and merit increases; and the devil’s schemes are frustrated.” – St. Lawrence Justinian

9) “Know, O Christian, that the Mass is the holiest act of religion. You cannot do anything to glorify God more, nor profit your soul more, than by devoutly assisting at it, and assisting as often as possible.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard

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

11) “How happy is that guardian angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!” – St. John Vianney

12) “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.” – St. John Vianney

13) “I believe that were it not for the Holy Mass, as of this moment the world would be in the abyss.” St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Thank God for the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist!

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Skeleton And Tongue of St. Anthony of Padua

Skeleton And Tongue of St. Anthony of Padua

MYSTICS OF THE CHURCH

When the casket of St. Anthony was opened in 1263, something unusual was noticed just below the skull: it was a portion of flesh of a fresh reddish colour. This was the Saint’s tongue which was found to be perfectly preserved.
Pilgrims were being given the chance to see the 13th Century remains of St Anthony which go on display in a glass case in Italy.

The display, was in a chapel of his tomb in Padua and marks the feast of the transfer of St Anthony, also known as the ‘feast of the tongue’.

This commemorates the first time his remains were moved in 1263, under the direction of St Bonaventure, and the final transfer to Relics Chapel of Padua’s Basilica on February 15 1350.

St Anthony, patron saint of Padua, is also known as Anthony of Lisbon. When his coffin was moved 30 years after his burial it was opened and it is claimed most of his body was found to have returned to dust.

However his tongue remained fresh, which was seen as a sign of his gift of preaching, and was kept in a separate relic box.

Anthony’s relics were last displayed in 1981, marking the 750th anniversary of his death. He is one of the ‘quickest’ saints in the history of the Catholic Church as he was canonized by Pope Gregory IX less than one year after he died.

Today he is one of the most famous saints and is often called upon by Catholics to help find lost possessions. He is also remembered as the namesake for the city of San Antonio, Texas; Spanish explorers in the area stopped there on his feast day (June 13) and named the river and settlement after him.

St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for us!

Secrets Of The Saints: The Forgotten Spiritual Power Of Fasting 

Secrets Of The Saints: The Forgotten Spiritual Power Of Fasting 

*Secrets of the Saints*

*The Forgotten Spiritual Power of Fasting.* 



There’s a powerful spiritual discipline recommended by Our Lord Jesus Christ in Scripture and practiced by all the saints, but that seems to have been mostly forgotten in our day: fasting.



Fasting, or the intentional abstinence of food for a period of time, is hugely counter cultural. In a culture where physical pleasure is the highest good, why would we intentionally withhold something as good, satisfying, and necessary as food?
The fact we need food so much is actually precisely why fasting is so powerful. To temporarily withhold something so necessary for life forces us to focus on spiritual things that are even more important. As Christ himself says in Scripture, “One does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4.4).

*Here are 10 quotes from the saints on why this is such an important spiritual practice:* 

1) *St. Augustine* 


“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.”


2) *St. Peter Chrysologus* 


“Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others, you open God’s ear to yourself.”


3) *St. Jane Frances Chantal* 


“God hides the prize of eternal glory in our mortifications and in the victory of ourselves, which we always strive for with great gentleness.”


4) *St. Isaac the Syrian*

 

“When a man begins to fast, he straightway yearns in his mind to enter into converse with God.”


5) *St. Gregory the Great*

 

“It is impossible to engage in spiritual conflict, without the previous subjugation of the appetite.”


6) *St. John Chrysostom* 


“Fasting is the support of our soul: it gives us wings to ascend on high, and to enjoy the highest contemplation! […] God, like an indulgent father, offers us a cure by fasting.”


7) *St. Francis De Sales* 


“Besides the ordinary effect of fasting in raising the mind, subduing the flesh, confirming goodness, and obtaining a heavenly reward, it is also a great matter to be able to control greediness, and to keep the sensual appetites and the whole body subject to the law of the Spirit; and although we may be able to do but little, the enemy nevertheless stands more in awe of those whom he knows can fast.”


8) *St. Catharine of Sienna* 


“Without mortifying the taste, it is impossible to preserve innocence, since it was by the indulgence of his appetite that Adam fell.”


9) *St. Basil* 


“Penance without fasting is useless and vain; by fasting [we] satisfy God.”


10) *St. Alphonsus De Ligouri* 


“He that gratifies the taste will readily indulge the other senses; for, having lost the spirit of recollection, he will easily commit faults, by indecent words and by unbecoming gestures. But the greatest evil of intemperance, is that it exposes chastity to great danger.”

Saint Padre Pio’s Prayer To Cast Out Fear, Even Fear of Death

Saint Padre Pio’s Prayer To Cast Out Fear, Even Fear of Death

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers. I need You.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes;
death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength,
so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You.

It is getting late and death approaches,
I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.
O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers. I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread,
so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness,
the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You,
if not by communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it,
but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for,
Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit,
because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth
and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen

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