Meditations Before Mass

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The profound wisdom found in this Romano Guardini classic will help you to quiet your soul, concentrate your mind, and grow more receptive to God's grace in the Holy Mass.

Written for ordinary Catholics who are struggling to become closer to Christ, Meditations Before Mass is full of wisdom and yet offers practical, straightforward advice that will help you overcome distractions and restlessness while leading you into a more enriching experience when you enter into Holy Communion with God.

Over fifty years ago, Msgr. Romano Guardini resolved to help his parishioners move beyond the petty hindrances to full participation in the Mass—hindrances to which we are all prone. Just before Mass each Sunday, he gave a brief talk on some aspect of the Mass, teaching them week by week, topic by topic, how to prepare themselves to participate more prayerfully.

So helpful were these 32 talks that they were soon published and have since been reprinted countless times in numerous countries and languages, helping generations of Catholics to deepen their devotion during Mass.

In these pages, you'll discover:

  • What to do when Mass becomes boring and "routine"
  • How to achieve a genuine—not superficial—stillness
  • The one indispensible element for a deep liturgical life
  • How to gain control over your wandering attention
  • One tendency we must overcome when listening to Scripture readings
  • The real meaning of "keeping holy" the Sabbath—and its special importance for the family
  • The importance of listening, and the inner barriers that prevent it
  • Why it's good to arrive early at Mass whenever possible
  • The true significance of standing and kneeling in church
  • And dozens of other practical ways to enrich your worship
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"I encourage you to prayerfully read these reflections to help you participate more fruitfully in the Mass, the 'source and summit of the whole Christian life."

Most Rev. Samuel Aquila
Archbishop of Denver
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"Insightful and inspiring."

Rev. Michael Scanlan
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"You will encounter in these reflections one of the most important spiritual writes of this century."

Fr. Henri Nouwen
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"Anyone wishing to delve deeply into the meaning of the Holy Mass will want to own this book. To read this book is to move to the most profound levels of the liturgy...Among Guardini s many talents is a remarkable ability to formulate succinct and illuminating definitions."

Ellaine Hallett
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"Fr. Rutler uncovers for us the light of Christ's parables."

Fr. James Schall

"Fr. Rutler uncovers for us the light of Christ's parables."

Fr. James Schall

"Fr. Rutler uncovers for us the light of Christ's parables."

Fr. James Schall

"Fr. Rutler uncovers for us the light of Christ's parables."

Fr. James Schall
  • Pages: 208
  • Format(s): Leatherette, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622821-66-2
  • Product Code: 1662
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Great help to focus on Mass
This book is very well written in clear, descriptive language. The book goes step by step through the Mass and shows how our interior and exterior actions and attitudes can either help or hinder our full active participation in our worship of God. As stated, it is very good for reading one section each week before Mass.
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I love this book.
I am Lutheran, not Catholic, but this book helps me to understand the significance of things that are said and done within our church services. This leads to being able to be present within the service, rather than doing things mindlessly; paying attention, rather than letting my mind wander. Great help.
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Excellent book
This has prompted me to make a lot of changes in the way I attend Mass. The first four chapters of this book are very rich in detailing how to quiet oneself before Mass and the importance of being fully present. Help for not letting distractions bother you; how to appreciate silence. I've shared the contents of this book. Some of my friends are contemplating purchasing this also.
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A reliable companion
I am reading this before Mass, one meditation at a time, and none of them has failed to light up my consciousness of the meaning of the Mass in perceptive and beautiful ways. The prose is also a delight. I will re-read this often.
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Enlightening
This is a book on respecting the sanctity of the Mass. I thought it was a book on prayers to be used before Mass starts or during Eucharistic devotion, but instead it tells you exactly what you're experiencing when you enter the Church and how to show your respect. I'm a senior citizen and was raised with a strict code of behavior for Sunday mass. This book explains exactly why.
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Treasury of Catholic Meditations bundle

Treasury of Catholic Meditations

This four-volume set of meditations have been carefully selected to lift your soul to God while affording you an admirable distillation of the doctrines and piety of our Holy Catholic Church.

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