A quick bit of very good news: We are now up to THREE Benefactor Masses per week. They are on
Talk about starting the week off right!
If any other priests would like to commit to commemorating “Ann’s Benefactors and Supporters” on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, let me know! Either the Venerable Gregorian Rite (Tridentine Mass) OR Divine Liturgy would be fine. And as always, the rules for “Ann’s Benefactors and Supporters” is once you are on the list, you are on the list forever, even if you decide that you hate me. And God is the keeper of the list, so it is error-free and 100% secure. The prayer is for the Salvation of your souls first and foremost, and for your intentions generally.
I would say, “I wish I could do more,” but I don’t want to play-down the enormousness and the movement of grace that comes from having The Holy Sacrifice offered for you while you are yet alive. The saints and doctors agree that the multiplier relative to Masses offered for the repose of the souls of the dead is substantial. And that stands to reason, if you think about it. Here is an excellent quote I came across from a Dominican priest:
Father Cole OP writes, “While it is important to keep in mind that Masses for the deceased do help them, one Mass offered for anyone living will have a greater efficacy for that person because in this life all are capable of freely cooperating with any grace and the graces of a Mass may even change the direction of someone’s life including one’s own. However, it may be that a particular grace of a Mass is not accepted for many years which is why one must take a long term view of supplications for loved ones still on earth. Even more, one needs to take an even longer term perspective when praying for the poor souls because we do not see what we are doing to help them. We only know by faith that we are helping them.”
So, once again, thank you for your continued munificence, and remember, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are all now days in which the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary is offered for you.