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THE VALUE OF HOLY MASS

At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your fervor. Assisting devoutly at Mass you render to the Sacred Humanity of our Lord the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the venial sins which you never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished. You afford the soul in purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after death. You are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your purgatory by every Mass. Every Mass wins for you a higher degree of glory in heaven. You receive the priest's blessing, which our Lord ratifies in heaven. You feel yourself amidst a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the Adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

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THE VALUE OF HOLY MASS New Zealand Tablet, 26 July 1917

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