The Apostle St. Paul says that he who does not properly provide for and take care of his family is worse than an unbeliever. This is not only in caring for their bodies, but much more so in care of their soul. So it is a great sin to leave one's household in need of bodily food. But it is a much greater depth of unfaithfulness to deprive them of spiritual food, and especially, of depriving them of assisting at Holy Mass, this loss can never be compensated by any master however rich and powerful he may be.

Saint Isidore was a poor farm-laborer, but he never missed daily Mass, and Almighty God, in order to show how pleased He was with his devotion, once, when Isidore was at Mass, made it happen that his field was ploughed for him by the hidden service of angels. It is true that God may not work such striking miracles for us, but in how many other ways will He not repay our devotion?

Aeneas Silvius, who later became Pope Pius II, tells of how a person with a title, who lived in Germany, had fallen into great difficulties, and had withdrawn into a country house because of lack of money. There, overwhelmed by depression, he was on the verge of despair. The devil saw this and implanted in him the temptation to slip a cord around his neck and so end his life. "A dry tree," said the devil, " is good for nothing for nothing but an Axe." In this conflict of grief and temptations, the nobleman went to a holy priest who gave him this good advice: "Do not let one day pass without assisting at holy Mass, and have no fear." The man accepted the advice and promptly began to go to Mass each day. In order to make sure of never losing a Mass, he gave a salary to a chaplain who, at his request constantly offered the Sacrifice at which he took care to assist every morning with great devotion.

But one day, his chaplain went at an early hour to a neighboring village to help a young priest who was about to celebrate his first Mass. The devout nobleman, frightened that he would be deprived of the Mass, hastened to the same village in order to be present for Mass. On the way he met a peasant who told him that he might as well turn back, because the last Mass was finished. Much disturbed in his mind the nobleman began to shed tears. "Alas! What shall I do?" he kept repeating. "What shall I make of myself today? Perhaps it may be the last of my poor life." The peasant was surprised to see him so upset, and being a man who was careless about his soul said: "Do not weep my lord. Do not weep; if it can be done, I do not mind selling you the Mass I heard this morning. Give me that good coat off your back and, for I do not care, my Mass is yours right now." The nobleman agreed gladly to the strange proposal, and handing over his coat, he continued on his way to the church.

There he offered a short prayer, and on his return he came to the place where he had struck the bargain. There he saw the miserable man who had sold his Mass, hanging by the neck from an oak tree and already dead, like another Judas. In fact, the temptation to self-destruction had passed into the unhappy peasant who had willingly left himself without the protection which he might have had from the Mass, and had left himself powerless to resist the evil suggestions of the devil. Then the worthy nobleman began to understand how effective the remedy was which his confessor had advised, and from that moment made this holy determination to assist at Mass every day for the rest of his life.

There is a point of great importance we should take from this incident, how horrible is the extreme ignorance of some Christians, who do not recognize the enormous value of the Mass. If you want to triumph over your soul's enemies, and re-energize your spiritual energies so as to insure victory over all temptations; Go to daily Mass!

Source: St. Leonard of Port Maurice, The Hidden Treasure.