The following is from "The Catholic Mass...Revealed!"
The Catholic Mass is the most sacred act of worship a person can participate in upon earth. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ, sat down with his chosen Apostles for what He knew would be their last meal together. At that supper, Jesus does something new, something never done before, and yet something which continues until the end of time.
Knowing more about the Mass, (all of chapter 6 in John's gospel) we can be closer to Christ and to the miracle He left us on that Holy Thursday night. (1 Cor 11:23-26)
“The Catholic Mass…Revealed!” is designed to help all people, whether Catholic or not, to better understand the miracle of the Mass. We can come to appreciate its beauty, its rhythm, even why many in history have faced death rather than be deprived of the opportunity to participate in the Mass.
Our prayer is that you come to know and love the Mass as making present again the one sacrifice of Christ’s love for us, (1 Peter 3:18) and a continuation of His Last Supper with his apostles. You too can come to know and love Jesus Christ who both commands and invites us to encounter Him in this very special way.
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O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam,
.....which gained for us so great a Redeemer! The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy. Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth and man is reconciled with God.
~liturgy of Holy Saturday
When we begin to know intimacy with God and to accept others and ourselves as we are, we then begin to speak about "happy guilt" or "happy brokenness." Our inner struggle is no longer such a burden, but a way to the truth, to the light, to the life. How could we ever become children of God, embraced by the love of the Father, the Son and the Spirit, and be let into the intimacy of the triune life if God hadn't shown compassion with us, as we are? Through Jesus' incarnation we come to know about the inner life of God. It is in our fragile and mortal flesh that God's original blessing is revealed to us.
–Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen
Again welcome to this mission. You may be attending or thinking about attending a Catholic Mass, or maybe you have considered attending the Catholic RCIA program or this may be your first experience with the Catholic Church, or maybe you have had previous contact with members of the Catholic faith. In any case, you have probably come to this site with some questions about the Catholic Church, its beliefs and the Catholic RCIA.
God always speaks the truth to us. Jesus described himself as "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14: 6-11). God encourages us to live in His truth through Jesus Christ, within the Trinity. Faith cannot be built upon a false pretense. Faith-seeking is one of the oldest preoccupations of the human mind. We seek to understand as best we can God our Creator and His love for each one of us. At one time or another we all may feel alone. Some of us have been rejected; some of us have rejected another. Some have come against great trials and given up on life altogether.
It is our hope that we can share the Love of Christ with you, because He can help our lives become happier and more meaningful. The peace that Christ can bring when we come to Him for strength in our suffering and our joy can replace every pill ever made, every drink ever drank and every new age psychiatrist that ever lived.
Jesus did not come to condemn you or me; Jesus came as a physician to heal us, to save us. As we all say together at Mass “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the Word and I shall be healed. All sinners are welcome in God's Church. To know God's love through Jesus is the ability to give Gods love to others. To help others find a special place in this life where one can go to receive unconditional love that only God, through Jesus can give. To find peace, true happiness in good times as well as in bad times.
He embraces his son, glad that his son has returned home to him, and giving no mind to what he has done or what he has failed to do. Its a breathtaking story of God's mercy for all of us, God's patient grace, and His willingness to welcome each of us home into His loving and forgiving arms forever.
"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.