Preparation for the Holy Mass


  • a) The absence of mortal sin

I would like, in my deliberations, to start from the very beginning, from the attitude with which one should go to the meeting with God. First, the human heart must be pure. The Holy Mass is the most marred by those who come in a state of mortal sin and do not seek help, do not desire repentance, but have lost the sense of guilt, have the conscience hardened due to the large number of sins, and have no intention whatsoever to regret and to profess their faults. They are a salient disgrace for the Church.  So in order to not increase their considerable number, every true Catholic should reflect before the Holy Mass if he is worthy to enter in his current state of the soul on Mount Golgotha and to look the Saviour in the face. If there are mortal sins in us, we will not be able to do so.

  • b) Venial sins – weakening of the capacity for compassion for the Savior

Venial sins must be examined differently. We have to ask ourselves if these are accidental sins, which are rare and are the result of circumstances and weakness, or if these are constant sins that are rooted in our souls and to which we became accustomed. These are the most dangerous because if we get used to them and begin to accept them, we assume that God will do the same. This is not the case. The longer we allow the sins to be present and to repeat themselves, the stronger and more hideous they become. We have to take the decision to fight against this type of sin and ask for God’s help. Depending on the state of our soul, in the same way we will be able to commiserate with the Savior on the cross.

  • c) Persistence in hatred – you go under the cross in vain

If in our conscience we find any treachery, a conflict with a neighbor, we must do everything in our power to achieve reconciliation. In order to obtain the grace of forgiveness of sins, we must forgive ourselves. People who persist in hatred and in whom there is no forgiveness, come under the cross of Jesus in vain. They will not receive forgiveness, for they themselves have not forgiven. You must forgive more and more often. If you do not do it your heart, then do it in your mind; if not yet in your feelings, then in your will. That will suffice. Only after such a settlement, you can enter on this Holy Mount upon which we will witness the miracle of Transfiguration, the miracle of Death and the miracle of Resurrection.

  • d) Meeting face to face with God – Golgotha

Every human must realize the importance of this majestic moment when he comes under the cross of God. During the Holy Mass, we receive the grace of meeting God face to face, even more, because few were those who had the opportunity to live the Passion of Our Lord during His life. Now God lives through it during every Holy Mass, so that every human being can in a certain way go back in time, until the time when Christ walked the earth, so that no one may judge God to be unfair. We have all received this grace, for it is the greatest grace given to mankind and each Christian can participate fully and suffer with God at the moment during which He was saving the world, the moment that will last forever in all the Holy Masses that were, are and will be celebrated.

Translated from: Tajemnica Mszy świętej według św. Ojca Pio na podstawie Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2013, p. 10-12 –