Gn 22:16 – 17

Because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake: I will bless thee… I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows… This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear…

Morning Prayer:

My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready. I will sing, I will sing your praise. Awake, my soul, awake…

In Conversation with God:

Isaac, the only son of Abraham, the beloved son, carrying his bundle of wood on his shoulders up the mountain where he is to be sacrificed, is a figure of Christ, the Only-begotten Son of the Father, the Beloved, who carries his Cross on his shoulders up to Calvary…

The fact that Isaac was compelled to carry the wood for the holocaust is a figure of Christ who was made to carry his cross on his shoulders. But at the same time, carrying the wood for the holocaust is the task of a priest. So Isaac was both victim and priest… Christ is at one and the same time Victim and High Priest. Indeed, according to the spirit, He offers the victim to his Father; according to the flesh, He himself is offered on the altar of the Cross. For this reason each Mass has an infinite, immense value that we can never fully understand. It causes the whole heavenly court to rejoice. It alleviates the pain of the souls in purgatory. It draws down all types of blessings upon earth, and gives more glory to God than all the sufferings of the martyrs together, more glory than the penances of all the saints, than all the tears shed by them since the beginning of the world and all that they may do till the end of time…

In the Holy Mass… adoration and thanksgiving are always produced in infinite plentitude. They do not depend on the degree of our attention, or on the fervour of the priest. In each Mass  there are infallibly offered to God adoration, reparation and thanksgiving of limitless value, because it is Christ himself who offers the Mass and in it offers himself.


… awake my soul, for you were made to meet your Maker…

ToB #90 ~ A Deeper Understanding of the Church and Marriage


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