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High Spirituality April 16, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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My readers may want to check out this very worthwhile link.  This webpage describes the experiences of a woman at Mass, when the Holy Spirit fills her soul and the Blessed Mother speaks to her.  There is much to commend here, especially the Blessed Mother’s words about our preparation for Mass, and our need to prepare ourselves interiorly to shed our unworthiness and receive the Eucharist:

It was the vigil of the Annunciation, and the members of our group had gone to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Some of the ladies of the prayer group had not been able to do it, and so they left their reconciliation for the next day before the Mass.

When I arrived at church the next day, a little bit late, the Archbishop and priests were already coming out of the sacristy.  The Virgin Mary said with Her soft and feminine voice that sweetens one’s soul:

Today is a day of learning for you, and I want you to pay close attention because of what you will witness today. Everything that you will experience today, you will have to share with all of humanity.” I was deeply moved without understanding why, but I tried to be very attentive.

The first thing I noticed was a choir of very beautiful voices that was singing as if it was far away. For moments the music came closer and, then, it went further away like the sound of the wind.

The Archbishop started Mass and, when he reached the Penitential Rite, the Blessed Virgin said:

“From the bottom of your heart, ask the Lord to forgive your faults that have offended Him. In this way, you will be able to participate worthily in this privilege of assisting at the Holy Mass.”

I thought for a fraction of a second: “Surely I am in a state of grace of God; I went to confession last night.”

She answered: “Do you think that since last night you have not offended the Lord?  Let Me remind you of a few things. When you left to come here, the girl who helps you approached to ask you for something and, as you were late and in a hurry, you did not answer her in a very nice way. There was a lack of charity on your part, and you say, you have not offended God…?

“While on the way here, a bus crossed over your lane and almost hit you. You expressed yourself in a very non-advisable way against that poor man, instead of saying your prayers and preparing yourself for Mass. You have failed in charity and lost your peace and patience. And you say you have not hurt the Lord?

“You arrive at the last minute when the procession of the celebrants is already coming out to celebrate the Mass…  and you are going to participate without previous preparation…”

I replied, “All right, my Mother, say no more to me. You do not have to remind me of more things because I am going to die of grief and shame.”

“Why must you all arrive at the last moment? You should have arrived earlier to be able to pray and ask the Lord to send His Holy Spirit that He may grant you a spirit of peace and cleanse you of the spirit of the world, your worries, your problems, and your distractions so as to enable you to live this so sacred a moment. However, you arrive almost when the celebration is about to commence, and you participate as if it is an ordinary event, without any spiritual preparation. Why? This is the greatest of Miracles. You are going to live the moment when the Most High God gives His greatest gift, and you do not know how to appreciate it.”

Read it all.  It may take a little time, but I found this reflection, this mysterious grace granted to this woman, to be very moving, especially the part about the offertory.  It is important to remember our unworthiness to participate in the august Sacrifice of the Mass, and God’s eternal love and constant pardoning of our shortcomings.  Her descriptions of the Mass, of Heaven come down to earth, of lines of angels and the beautiful light and sounds, it is amazing.  We need to realize that this is what happens at every Mass!  What an awesome God we have!

Dominus vobiscum!

Comments

1. Miss Linda - April 19, 2010

Thank you so much for posting this. It is a very convicting message. I have been very blessed by your blog. I am excited to find another traditional-minded Catholic in the Dallas area. May God bless you and your family.

tantamergo - April 19, 2010

Thank you so much for your kind words Miss Linda. I pray that my efforts are less my own and more due to the Holy Spirit.

God Bless you and your family, too.

2. Mary - April 19, 2010

I read this prior to attending mass, and it really helped me to be more ‘active’ in the mass!!! There are so many layers of depth to the mass. I can just show up for mass, or I can actively participate. I can’t wait to re-read and meditate on the story and the visions before next mass, there is so much information contained in the story.

Thanks for the post.


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