The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is written to give Catholics an appreciation of the value of the Mass. Considers it from every conceivable angle, showing it to be the central aspect of our faith, and in the process he touches on virtually every important facet of our faith, explaining how it is tied to this supreme sacrifice. Contains a wealth of Catholic traditions, Biblical facts, and enthralling, true stories from history and the lives of the Saints.
God has bestowed great blessings upon us, and given Himself entirely to us when He gave the principal blessings which His almighty arm has created; namely, corporeal things for our use; the angels to guard us; grace to merit Heaven; Jesus Christ for our master; His life for our example, His Body for our ransom, His soul for our price; His sacred Flesh for our food; His Blood for our drink; in fine, when He lavished upon us all the riches of His love in the Eucharist, so that He who knows everything knows of nothing better and has nothing greater to give.
A day will come when a single quarter of an hour spent in hearing the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will appear of more worth to us than all the riches of the world. Let us ever remember that we are advancing rapidly toward eternity, that the time of Mass is the best to prepare for it, and that eternity will not be too long for our regrets at the loss of one single Mass.
Father Michael Mueller, C.SS.R., was born in 1825 at Germany. He later joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and was one of eleven clerics sent to the United States by the American Redemptorist Provincial. Upon completion of his theology studies in Maryland, he was ordained in 1853 by John Nepomucene Neumann. He served the Redemptorist communities in the U.S. as Consulter to the Provincial, as well as Superior and Novice Master. Father Mueller is the author of The Blessed Eucharist, Prayer: The Key to Salvation, Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament, The Prodigal Son, and God the Teacher of Mankind. He died in 1899.