Now, I am going to let you in on a secret--the secret of my spiritual life. When I travel on the train, I say, ten, twenty "Masses of St. John" -- Masses in honor of the Blessed Trinity. There is no prayer like that. I have but three devotions: My Mass, my breviary, my Rosary. The breviary is beautiful, but you cannot compare it with the Mass. There is no prayer like the Mass. As I travel, I offer my Mass on the altar of the holy Will of God, offering it in union with the thousands of priests saying Mass continuously, perpetually. I am tired, I cannot prepare conferences--I offer Mass instead. I said four or five Masses this morning. I do it the whole day. It unites my heart, my will with priests at the altar. When I awake during the night, the first thing I do is to take the shortest form of the Mass of St. John, "Suscipe... Offerimus... " "Hoc est enim Corpus Meum" ... "Hic est enim Calix Sanguinis Mei ... " "Domine, non sum dignus... " "Corpus Domini Jesu Christi... Sanguis Domini Jesu Christi, custodiant animam meam in vitam aeternam. Amen!" I hope to die saying Mass--between two consecrations...

Learn these prayers by heart and then during the day you can live the wonderful grace of your Mass. You have a few moments free--say a Mass of St. John. You wake up at night--say a Mass...

I remember preaching in a big community in California. The Mother Superior said to me one day, "Father, I want to thank you. Yesterday after your conference about Holy Mass I went to the infirmary to see a poor sister who suffers terribly and who cannot sleep at all, especially during the night. She was smiling. 'Mother, I have learned the secret of how to pass the night--the Mass of St. John. Thank Father for me for having told us about it.'"

Jesus, King of Love
Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.