PODCAST | Everything Hinges on the Mass

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In this meditation: Fr. Peter Armenio helps us to pray about the sacrificial and redemptive true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and how we should make the greatest treasure of the universe the center of our life.

The source and summit of the Christian life is the Eucharist. Therefore, as Fr. Peter explains, “everything hinges on the Mass. In a certain sense, every devotion is an extension of the Mass and must lead to the Mass.” And, how much we get out of Mass depends on our presence of God throughout the day, and how well we embrace the Cross.

Jesus’ crucifixion and death were a culmination of his life of self-giving through his work and through his public life. We have to join Jesus in his death and resurrection, through the cross, expressed in our work and expressed in our suffering.

St. Josemaria Escriva referred to the workbench as our altar, not sacramentally or liturgically, but that everybody’s altar is in whatever they do. And he says that what really counts is how much self-giving love we put into our work, because that’s how much we’re going to get to be part of the Mass.

“While you are at Mass, think that you are sharing in a divine Sacrifice. For that is how it is: on the altar, Christ is offering himself again for you” (St. Josemaria Escriva; The Forge, no. 831).

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Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum, including Highlights of the Catholic Faith. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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