My Sacrifice and Yours

Father Joel Rogers, CPM, at my father’s funeral Mass

The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. “Sacramental grace” is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior. ccc 1129

When the Father’s of Mercy were here last week for our parish mission, Father Joseph asked us what we offer when the Priest speaks the words, “pray brethren that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the almighty father”? I pondered this question for awhile, because though I do make an offering of myself at this point in my life and have for several years, there was a time I offered nothing. There was a time I did not pay attention to the words. There was a time I didn’t understand how God seeks our cooperation in His Sacrifice. True love is self-sacrificing, and Christ asks us to partake in this as part of His Mystical Body. When we do, sacramental grace pours over us, so that in offering ourselves in the sacrifice, God can lift us higher, for we know we cannot do it on our own. Our being lifted higher, partaking in Divine Nature, spreads outward to the rest of the world. This happens when we receive in a state of grace and when we recognize that we are not the center of everything, God is. With God nothing is impossible.

And in realizing what was happening when we do this, how that sacramental grace flows from Christ to each believer and how it then flows out from the believer to the rest of the world, I felt a profound joy and a profound sadness.

I felt joy because I realized how God can extend His grace to those who need it most, by His sacrifice and ours…. Our sacrifice united to Christ, in and through the sacraments, can be applied to our loved ones, and even to our enemies, in order that they might be saved. And all of it is done through the Pascal Mystery, through the Sacraments. I can place my fallen away loved ones in that chalice with me and sacrifice, for them. Christ already did it for them, our cooperation in that makes the sacramental grace flow. Everything flows through the sacraments. The light shines in the darkness.

And then I became profoundly sad because I realized that when our guardian angels approach the altar with what we have to offer as our sacrifice, many of them go forward with empty hands. I know mine did for a period of time. Not only does this put our own souls in jeopardy, but it cuts off the sacramental grace that could flow from us to others. And we wonder why the world is in the state that it is in.

We have spent so much time wondering what we can “get” out of Mass, missing the grace we receive, and offering nothing to give. It’s the tragedy of our time. When we sacrifice with Christ, when His divine nature fills us, our relationships with others are healed, creation operates in harmony, and souls are saved. We are so far away from this.

The Saints did have an understanding of this. Saint Therese of Lisieux, before she ever became a nun, prayed and offered sacrifice for Henri Pranzini, a murderer that all of France hated. Before he walked to the guillotine, he kissed the wounds of Christ on the Crucifix. It could be that the only place Henri Pranzini received the sacramental grace that could save him were through the prayers and sacrifice of Saint Therese of Lisieux united to Christ. How many souls did she offer for? How many repented before their particular judgement because of her offerings? Christ is the one mediator, and we are His Mystical Body. Would that we all pray and sacrifice like Saint Therese.

Henri Pranzini and Saint Therese of Lisieux

We are at a point in time where I do think it will take an illumination of conscience for mankind to understand all that we have lost by our lack of sacrifice with Christ. Today, October 3 in 1847, the people in Mexico experienced an illumination. It took place one day after a major earthquake in Ocotlán, Mexico. The city was destroyed and 40 people died. The parish church was destroyed. They held a Mass outside the day following the earthquake. An apparition of Christ crucified appeared in the sky for approximately 30 minutes witnessed by 2000 people. People cried out in contrition for their sins. It became known as the “miracle of Octolán”, and it serves as a reminder to purify your conscience with the sacraments, from which the grace flows.

We must stay on the path of purification and learn to offer sacrifice, even and especially when we don’t feel like it. The next time you go to Mass, think long and hard about the offering you will hand to your angel to carry to the altar, it just may help someone get to heaven.

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I am a mother and wife as well as an RCIA and Adult Faith Formation catechist at a parish in the south. I have 3 children and a great husband.
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11 Responses to My Sacrifice and Yours

  1. Linda Henry says:

    I get so much out of your posts!  Thank you for sharing…. L

  2. Father Ed Cycenas says:

    Oftentimes I stop the Mass and explain and or teach my small group about the parts of the Mass and why we pray it. They like that so they know more of what is happening during Mass and then we talk about it after Mass over coffee.

    Father Ed

  3. kipmaryyahoocom says:

    Susan, you bring forth thoughts that I do not see or think of during this time at Mass. Thank you for your God given perception to bring this to our attention. I only wish I could see this on my own. God has graced you with this gift and I am so thankful you share it with us. You are leading so many souls in the direction of our Dear Lord and the importance of the Holy Eucharist. I have always thought our Guardian Angels do not receive enough credit. There are so many things I have just recently learned about our Guardiam Angels.
    For instance, I did not know we can send them to daily Mass if we are not able to attend, or we can send them with a dying loved one while praying the divine mercy. I did not know that they need our permission to do so. If you have any more information on our Guardian Angels, please share. I learn so much from you and Father Chris Alar on YouTube. Thank you so much for sharing your Veil of Veronica and God bless you more than He already has.

    • My sister had a warning that her son was in danger and she sent her guardian angel to him. She found out later he was in an Osprey crash off the coast of Hawaii. He told his mom he saw a light and went towards it, and he was safe. I think his angel and her angel saved him.
      We really need to thank our angels!
      God Bless you!!

  4. Ana Zarraga says:

    Incredibly and beautifully described and worded for a simple minded person to understand. I will be more prepared at mass to offer my ángel something or someone to take up to the Lord. If I come with a sincere heart and willing spirit through my Blessed Mother and the angel who guides and protects me, my offering will be welcomed!
    Thank you for this reminder.
    Peace, mercy and love to all.

  5. This! Thank you for your post. How we need to hear this…similarly has come before me in prayer before mass in front of the Tabernacle. The lost years of not offering ourselves united to Christ’s sufferings. I have made the constant plead to Mother Mary to come into these weaknesses of self absorption and assist in making perfect my imperfect prayer of not living as seriously as I should the consecration to Jesus through Mary. She welcomes the invitation ♥️ How much more we could give to Jesus if we made this intentional. At mass always at the Hosanna , my eyes raise to acknowledge the veil open with angels and Saints joining in Holy Holy Holy!
    May we with your promptings place this on our minds first as we rise and as we fall asleep, and at mass especially…also acknowledge our guardian angels every day. Thank you Susan for sharing💝

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