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Ave Maria Meditations

In the holy Mass, Christ fulfills what is the most true and consoling promise which is recorded by the evangelist Saint Matthew: “Behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Mt. 28:20). These words are not to be understood as referring only to His divinity, in virtue of which He is everywhere present, but also to His sacred humanity, in which He dwells among us, present in the Mass and in the adorable Sacrament of the altar, ready at all times to listen to our prayers, to afford us assistance in our need.

It must, moreover, be observed that in the Mass Christ is not merely present in person, as in the adorable Sacrament of the altar: He is there as our Victim, our Mediator, as the Atonement for our sins. For since Christ exercises in the Mass His sacerdotal functions by right of His office, it belongs to Him as Saint Paul says, “That He may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins”. ( Heb.5:1). That He may offer up Himself to His heavenly Father for the sins of the people, as He offered Himself up to Him up on the Cross.

+Fr. Martin von Cochem

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Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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