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:
Although he was an eminent theologian, Msgr. Guardini wrote for ordinary Catholics who are struggling to become closer to Christ. Practical, straightforward, yet full of wisdom, Meditations Before Mass will help you to quiet your soul, concentrate your mind, and grow more receptive to grace.
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver
"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.'"
Rev. Michael Scanlan
"Insightful and inspiring."
Fr. Henri Nouwen
"You will encounter in these reflections one of the most important spiritual writers of this century."
Worship"Outstanding reflections and profound suggestions… simple and straightforward… a most satisfying book."
The New Oxford Review
"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."
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.
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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