Did you know you can, and should offer a Mass intention each time you attend the Catholic liturgy?
This means you can ask for a special grace or blessing for yourself or for someone else.
Whether you were aware of this or not, don’t let this go to waste.
I hereby invite you to offer your next Mass intention for a pro-life cause. Might I suggest you ask for the conversion of an abortionist in your area?
If not that, ask God to give the grace necessary for an abortion clinic worker to quit her job. Or ask that a local doctor in your area be convicted to stop performing sterilizations.
MORE ABOUT OFFERING A MASS INTENTION
The Baltimore Catechism—remember that?—has an interesting Q&A approach to teaching the faith. Catechism No. 3, Lesson 24 contains information on offering a Mass Intention. It reads as follows:
“Q. 923. How are the fruits of the Mass distributed?
A. The fruits of the Mass are distributed thus:
The first benefit is bestowed on the priest who says the Mass;
The second on the person for whom the Mass is said, or for the intention for which it is said;
The third on those who are present at the Mass, and particularly on those who serve it, and
The fourth on all the faithful who are in communion with the Church.”
A little later, the Baltimore Catechism explains what constitute an acceptable Mass intention.
If you need ideas for whom to offer your next Mass intention, let me suggest a few more you make some pro-life petitions.
“Q 926. For what end or intention may Mass be offered?
A. Mass may be offered for any end or intention that tends to the honor and glory of God, to the good of the Church or the welfare of man; but never for any object that is bad in itself, or in its aims; neither can it be offered publicly for persons who are not members of the true Church.”
At what point exactly in the Mass is your individual intention for that particular Mass given to God? (Q 928).
“A. We may learn that we are to offer up the Holy Sacrifice with the priest from the words used in the Mass itself; for the priest, after offering up the bread and wine for the Sacrifice, turns to the people and says: ‘Orate Fratres,’ etc., which means: ‘Pray, brethren, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty,’ and the server answers in our name: ‘May the Lord receive the sacrifice from thy hands to the praise and glory of His own name, and to our benefit and that of all His Holy Church.’”
SO, WHAT DO YOU SAY?
In case you were not aware, you may and ought to offer up a Mass intention to our Lord each time you go.
If you need ideas for whom to offer your next Mass intention, let me suggest a few more pro-life petitions.
You could ask our Lord to end abortion. You could offer your Mass in reparation for the sins of abortion. You might request God give your cousin the grace to end his cohabitating relationship with his girlfriend.
Perhaps you know a friend caught in a porn addiction. You could offer one of your Mass intentions for his breaking free.
Or, if you have a friend considering using IVF, ask the Holy Spirit to intervene so as to prevent her. Maybe you could ask Him to restore her fertility.
As you might imagine, the possibilities for your pro-life Mass intentions are endless.
What ideas do you have for a pro-life Mass intention we can all offer?
Please share your thoughts below!