Friday, January 17, 2014

End mind-wandering during Mass

Do you struggle to
focus your attention during Mass?

Does Mass sometimes
become boring and routine?

Do you grow spiritually
at each Mass or does it seem stale?

The profound wisdom found in Meditations Before Mass 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, this classic book by Romano Guardini is full of wisdom and 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 petty hindrances — to which we are all prone — to full participation in the Mass. Just before Mass each Sunday, he gave a brief talk on some aspect of the Mass, teaching his congregation week by week, topic by topic, how to prepare themselves to participate more prayerfully.

So helpful were these 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"
  • How to achieve a genuine — not superficial — stillness
  • The one indispensible element for living a liturgical life
  • How to gain control over your wandering attention
  • One tendency we must overcome when listening to Scripture readings
  • The real meaning of "keeping holy" the Sabbath — and its special importance for the family
  • The importance of listening, and the inner barriers that prevent it
  • Why it's good to arrive early at Mass whenever possible
  • The true significance of standing and kneeling in church
  • And dozens of other practical ways to enrich your worship
Practical, straightforward, and full of wisdom, Meditations Before Mass will help you to quiet your soul, concentrate your mind, and grow more receptive to grace.

"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.'"
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

"Insightful and inspiring."
Rev. Michael Scanlan

"You will encounter in these reflections one of the most important spiritual writers of this century."
Fr. Henri Nouwen

Meditations Before Mass
by Msgr. Romano Guardini
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If you still drag your feet about going to Confession, here's the help you need to overcome your reluctance and open your soul to the vast reservoir of mercy found in Confession.

This down-to-earth, practical guide shows you how to transform your confessions from embarrassing moments in a dark room into profound experiences of God's love.

The author, Fr. John Kane, provides solid guidelines for how you can (and must) make the most effective possible use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Even better, he shows you how to carry the grace of Confession into your daily life, so that you'll start winning — consistently — your battles against sin.

This is a book you can return to again and again in order to renew your sense of God's mercy — as well as to gain Fr. Kane's help in examining your conscience and bringing your life into greater conformity with the light of the gospel.

Get Fr. Kane's help to confess well and avoid sin:
  • How to tell whether you're sorry for your sins — even if you don'tfeel sorry
  • The embarrassment of going to Confession — how it can actually help you imitate Christ!
  • One truth you must realize, or you'll never drive sin from your soul
  • Three characteristics of the truly forgiven sinner: do you have them?
  • Your past sins: startling ways they can help you love God more today
  • True repentance and its counterfeits: three ways to find the genuine article
  • Two reasons why God forgives sin, but still punishes the sinner
  • The heavy price of your sins: no, you probably don't realize it, andyes, it's worse than you think
  • Why hating sin does not mean hating the sinner
  • Why true saints will always consider themselves sinners
  • Sorrow for sin: how it deepens your compassion for others
  • How to take advantage of Lent each year to overcome your sins
  • And much more that will help you get more spiritual fruit out of Confession than you may even have thought was possible!
"It is a great thing to make a good confession, and this is a good book about how to do it."
Fr. George William Rutler

"This magnificent handbook helps you deepen your repentance and make it lasting. Don't go to Confession without it!"
Patrick Madrid

"A marvelous book. Can provide spiritual nourishment throughout the whole process of repentance, confession, and spiritual growth."
Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J.

"A welcome blessing. It offers a fine examination of conscience, ideally presented to meet today's needs."
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.

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