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
New Oxford Review

"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
  • Availability: Backordered
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2013
  • Categories: Bestsellers, By title, Lenten Reading, Prayer, Sacraments, Spiritual Growth
Meditations Before Mass
This is the same exact book under a new cover of "preparing yourself for Mass" by Guardini easier to handle than the older and larger paperback.
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Timeless meditations to remind oneself of the sacredness of the Mass
What a beautiful book. It is not new, having been written decades ago, but the meditations are timeless. Arriving to Mass early and spending time to prepare oneself spiritually is a must. I now open my Kindle and read one or more chapters and then ponder them to see if I have room for growth in the subject area of the particular meditation(s). I usually do. And I think I'm the better for it. I think my favorite (for now) is the chapter on "Composure and Action". But, I also greatly appreciate the chapter on "Habit as a Hindrance". Too often one can become too comfortable with certain actions and after a point one repeats these actions mindlessly and even with a bored mindset. "Habit as a Hindrance" is an appropriate reminder on staying focused and participating in the Mass with one's entire being. All of the meditations can have a profound effect on a person who wishes to actively assist at Mass.
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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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