Just One More Mass
This month of November is one dedicated to praying for the dead~ for those souls who are in purgatory. In my post for the feast of All Souls, I mentioned offering Mass for the souls of our departed loved ones. When I read Fr. Mateo's exhortations on the Mass for the conversion of sinners, I found additional meaning in praying for the dead. Those souls who are still walking this earth, but who are doing so in a state of mortal sin are the walking dead. Their situation is much more serious than those who are in purgatory. Those souls are saved; they are simply in need of final purification. Those souls still here, but who have severed their relationship with God through mortal sin are in danger of going to hell if they die in that state. Please note that I said in danger. God's mercy knows no bounds, and none of us knows what occurs between God and a soul at the moment of death. Repentance is possible. However, that is cutting it a bit close.
In reading Fr.Mateo's words about "paying the ransom" for these souls with the Chalice, I realized I can offer these souls to Jesus by placing them in the Chalice at the moment of Consecration. Christ's Precious Blood is the remedy to restore life to these spiritually dead souls.
Now free will does play into this of course. God forces no one to come to Him and love Him, for that would not be true love, but we all know how powerful prayer is and joining that prayer to the Precious Blood of Christ, I believe, intensifies and purifies that prayer.
We all have family or friends who have either strayed from God or who perhaps have never believed in Him. Offer your Masses and your Communions for them. Place them in the Chalice at the Consecration. Give the angels and the saints cause to rejoice over repentant sinners.
I spent much of my life as one of these walking dead. I know it was the prayers and most likely the prayer of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered for me by a dear friend, that resurrected my soul to life in Christ. Let us offer just one more Mass and be bold enough to ask God for this miracle.
Well, enough of my own musings on this; here are Fr. Mateo's wise words...
Father Mateo [Crawley-Boevey] had a great appreciation for the value of the Holy Mass. At a talk given in Arizona he said, "Do you know what I am preaching everywhere? I am preaching: Pay the ransom of souls with the Chalice, with the Chalice. The greatest means of converting souls is one more Mass, one more Mass during the week, and, with sacrifice, two or three more Masses; if possible, daily Mass, to pay for the eternal salvation of souls so dear to you. That is the great thing–the Chalice filled with the Precious Blood."
He spoke of the great value of the Mass in converting sinners. "You are asking for a miracle; I approve. But I tell you that you must pay the ransom for the conversions you make. You have a right to ask for such miracles. Do you know what a conversion is? It is the resurrection of a soul. It is far greater to see the resurrection of a soul than the resurrection of a corpse. Oh, one more Mass! Please–one more Mass! Pay the ransom with the Chalice. One more Mass! If you have anyone at home sick, or dying, oh, pay the ransom with the Chalice–one more Mass!"