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Devout assistance at Holy Mass can satisfy our temporal debt for sin April 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, reading, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.

Some really hopeful quotes from Fr. Martin von Cochem’s Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, on how devout assistance at Mass is so very pleasing to God and efficacious of Grace it can wipe out most or even all of our temporal debt due to sin. Of course, offering Masses is also by far the best way to free the holy souls in Purgatory:

St. Augustine says, “Although the fire of Purgatory is not eternal, it is marvellously intense, and inflicts worse pain than any ever suffered in this world. No physical suffering can equal it, not even the fearful tortures the martyrs endured.”  No if, after hearing this, we read in the lives of the Saints of the cruel tortures they underwent, we may form some faint conception of the awful nature of the pains of Purgatory.

According to St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, it would be preferable to suffer all imaginable anguish to the end of time than to pass one day in Purgatory.  My God, how intolerable those pains must be if an unhappy soul suffers more in one day than a man could suffer from now until the day of judgment! St.Thomas Aquinas declares that a single spark from the flames of Purgatory is worse than all the most dreadful tortures of this life. Terrible words, almost surpassing our powers of belief!  Alas, what is to become of us wretched sinners, if, after our death we are plunged into those scorching flames?  What intense suffering, my God, is in store for us then!  And yet not the slightest doubt can be entertained that, unless we endure these torments, we cannot enter Heaven; for we are not holy and perfect; far from it, we are full of evil desires, and are soiled with the stains of sin.

[Most fearful, is it not?  But what can we do?  See below]

Blessed Nancker, Bishop of Breslau in the thirteenth century, was a prelate distinguished by his great love for Holy Mass, which induced him to be present, if possible, at all the Masses said every day in his cathedral. Just at the time when he lay dying a pious matron of the city heard the voices of angels singing in such sweet and melodious strains that she thought herself transported to Paradise. While she was wondering within herself what was the cause of this rejoicing, a voice said to her: “The soul of Bishop Nancker has left the body and is being carried by the angels to Heaven.”  The good woman then asked in what way the bishop had merited this great honor and privilege. And the same voice replied: “Through the great affection and veneration he had for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”

An example such as this ought to encourage is in going to Mass. The pious bishop was taken up to Heaven without passing through Purgatory; nay, more, he was carried up by the angels in triumph with glad and jubilant songs. And why?  Chiefly because of his great devotion to Holy Mass; he had thereby paid all he owed to Divine Justice and merited a glorious entry into the courts of Heaven. If thou wouldst escape the purgatorial fire and obtain…..Heaven, imitate his example and be zealous in hearing Mass!  

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I should briefly add that the book also contains quotes from St. Bonaventure, great Doctor of the Church, stating much the same thing, that devout assistance at Mass is of such enormous Grace it is most efficacious of satisfying the temporal debt due to sin for ourselves or others.

So go to Mass!



1. Marguerite - April 5, 2014

The only thing the devil loves more than attacking souls is attacking the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. That’s why an attack upon the sacredness of the Mass was launched in the 1960s. The devil is using the disrespect and irrevernce of the congregants at Mass as a chess game to checkmate Our King and Queen. He’ll lose the game but not without devastation.

2. mariaangelagrow - April 5, 2014

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