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Meditations Before Mass

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:

 

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

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