Over fifty years ago, Msgr. Romano Guardini resolved to help his parishioners overcome the distractions and restlessness they suffered at Mass. Just before Mass each Sunday, he gave a brief talk on some aspect of the Mass, teaching them week by week, topic by topic, how to prepare themselves to participate more prayerfully. Afterward, he provided a few minutes of silence for reflection, and then began to offer Mass.
So helpful were these 32 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. Practical, straightforward, and full of wisdom, these talks will help you to quiet your soul, concentrate your mind, and grow receptive to God's grace during Mass.
In these pages, you'll discover:
- When you should begin preparing for Mass, and how
- The one tendency you absolutely must overcome
- How to conquer boredom at Mass – before it conquers you!
- Wandering attention: how to gain control over it
- Kneeling and standing: knowing their meaning makes praying easier
- The three main obstacles to prayer at Mass, and how to overcome them
- The right way to receive Communion, make the sign of the Cross, and perform many other gestures that are part of Mass
- And dozens of other ways to grow holier with every Mass you attend
How to make your Confessions less difficult and more fruitful
If you still drag your feet about going to Confession, here's the help you need to enable you 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:
"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!"
"Teaches us not only how to go to Confession, but also how to stir up sentiments of repentance and purpose of amendment that are necessary to receive the sacrament fruitfully. Worth reading again and again."
Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
"Can help a person get into the salutary habit of a regular celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation."
Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.
"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.