Sunday, September 3, 2023



And who knew there was a Blessed Alan? Too bad he misspells his name!

12 Quotes That Will Change the Way You Attend Holy Mass

1.When the Eucharist is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~ St. John Chrysostom

2.The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. 

~ St. Augustine 

3. The best time to ask and obtain favors from God is the time of the Elevation."

~ St.John Bosco

4. The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~ St Thomas Aquinas 

5. St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God’s Goodness and asked Our Lord “How can I thank you?” Our Lord replied, “ATTEND ONE MASS.” 

6. “My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they’ve heard Masses.” 

~ Our Lady to Blessed Alan. 

7. 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 Jean Vianney 

8. There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us. 

~ Saint Jean Vianney 

9. Be eager to go to Mass on weekdays also, even if it costs a sacrifice. Our Lord will reward you with His Blessings and make you succeed in your undertakings 

~ Don Bosco

10. When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee.

~ St Jean Vianney 

11. It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass. ~ St. Pio of Pietrelcina 

12. If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~ Saint Jean Vianney

Image: Angelo Van Courten "Holy Communion" 


Bob said...

How about teaching that this is God right here in front of you in the blessed Eucharist, whether at Mass or Adoration, and to behave in his presence as if standing before his throne at final judgement?

Most parishoners and parish workers, including priests, behave as if it more their personal office space with even perfunctory performative "reverence" often lacking, and them in the presence of God who holds their fate in his hands.

But, groveling is so passé, doncha know? You don't grovel in front of a pal.

ByzRus said...


ByzRus said...

Beautiful image, by the way.

A Liturgist would criticize you for not surprising your viewers with something abstract, challenging, or, some such.

Anonymous said...

Father McDonald, thank you for a most uplifting post. Very nice, Father.


Mark Thomas.

Bob said...

ByzRus, you are entirely correct, they see it as a challenge, whether in airport terminal/modern dungeon architecture, or hoverboard masses to broadway ditties, it is, "Find God in THIS, we dare you!".

TJM said...


Good point. The braindead think the banal, bland, insipid Novus Ordo is the bees knees! It needs a major overhaul to be more like the TLM

Bob said...

Father, if it makes you feel better, and rather than you change your legal name to match that of the blessed, a look at historical records would show numerous spellings of his name, and even a good chance the blessed wrote it himself in various ways as the world was far more phonetic back then and less obsessed with "correct" spellings aside from classical language studies where even that varied through time.