Meditations Before Mass

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Over fifty years ago, Msgr. Romano Guardini resolved to help his parishioners overcome the distractions and restlessness they suffered at Mass. 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 pre-pare themselves to participate more prayerfully. Afterward, he provided a few minutes of silence for reflection, and then began to offer Mass.

So helpful were these 32 talks that they were soon published ...

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Overview

Over fifty years ago, Msgr. Romano Guardini resolved to help his parishioners overcome the distractions and restlessness they suffered at Mass. 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 pre-pare themselves to participate more prayerfully. Afterward, he provided a few minutes of silence for reflection, and then began to offer Mass.

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.

Practical, straightforward, and full of wisdom, these talks will help you to quiet your soul, concentrate your mind, and grow receptive to God's grace during Mass.

In these pages, you'll discover:

  • The three principal hindrances to full participation in the Mass—to which all of us are prone
  • The real meaning of "keeping holy" the Sabbath and its special importance for the family
  • One tendency we must overcome when listening to Scripture readings
  • How to gain control over your wandering attention
  • The one indispensable element of a deep liturgical life
  • What to do when the Mass becomes boring and "routine"
  • How to achieve a genuine—not superficial—stillness
  • The importance of listening and inner barriers that prevent it
  • Why it's good to arrive early at Mass whenever possible
  • The true significance of kneeling and standing in church
  • And dozens of other practical ways to enrich your worship

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Catholic Twin Circle
"A lovely book."
Worship
"Outstanding reflections and profound suggestions… simple and straightforward… a most satisfying book."
New Oxford Review - Ellaine Hallett
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622821662
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 496,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    A masterpiece in spiritual literature. Msgr. Guardini thoroughl

    A masterpiece in spiritual literature.

    Msgr. Guardini thoroughly explains all the sections of the Mass which have become lost to Catholics because, in part of how the Mass has evolved through time, and also due to all the distractions we have allowed into our celebration of our Lord’s memorial. It is very enlightening and thought-provoking. You will change how you participate in this celebration.

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