And there came to him the Pharisees and Sadducees tempting: and they asked him to shew them a sign from heaven. But he answered and said to them: When it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red. And in the morning: Today there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering. You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times?+ + +
-- Matthew 16:1-3
It can't be a concidence that Michael Voris' today devoted his Daily Vortex show to the topic of the Holy Mass.
How is it possible that his presentation so closely parallels a private discussion that I had with a very holy Catholic priest just one week ago?
Anyone who has spent anytime in prayer recently at Mass or before the Blessed Sacrament, or spent time meditating while saying the Rosary or while in quiet contemplation has received this message from God. It is a sign of the times that the struggle for the soul of the Catholic Church centers around the Holy Mass.
If you have not spent time thinking about the meaning of the Mass, then you have failed to grasp the profound significance of the Mass to humanity. And not just thinking but struggling to understand what it is that is being celebrated at Mass.
The Church guides us in our understanding of the Mass, but it cannot teach us definitively the Truth regarding this great gift from God because the Mass is a mystery which we will never be able to fully comprehend in a thousand lifetimes.
We get glimpses through private revelation while kneeling in prayer and feeling the spiritual and physical presence of Our Lord, but not even the greatest saints of the Church in history can ever claim to fully comprehend the divine message that God has transmitted to us in the form of this eternal and timeless sacred ceremony.
Do we dare claim to be able to read the mind of God?
To participate in the act of worship which is the Mass is to experience the past, the present and the future all wrapped up in one mystery which transcends time and space. The Mass is the sacrifice of the ancient Jewish priests at the Temple, it is Christ on the Cross at Calvary, it is the Heavenly Supper of the Lamb as described in Revelation. It is all this and much more.
It is the communion of the saints and the angels and the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the earthly expression of the Holy Trinity.
What is the Mass? It is a gift from God, so profound that we can spend our whole lives exploring its mysteries. It is the soul and the essence of the Church. It is the fount from which all the teachings of the Church proceed.
The Mass is both the Message and the Messenger. It is where Heaven and Earth meet.
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This Saturday is the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima which was witnessed by 70,000 people. Pray a rosary for the Church in commemoration and in obedience to the wishes of Our Lady.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. Sancta Maria mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen