All good works put together can never equal the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, because these are works of men, and the Mass is the work of God.
Martyrdom, which is man’s sacrifice of his life to God, cannot compare to the Mass at all, since it is the Sacrifice God makes to man of His own Body and Blood. At the voice of the priest, our Lord comes down from heaven to the small host. God looks at the altar and exclaims: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” He cannot refuse anything to the merits of this Victim.
How beautiful this is! After the consecration, the good God is here as He is in heaven! If man knew well this mystery, he would die of love. But God understands our weakness. If we had faith, if we really understood the price of this holy Sacrifice, we would be more zealous in attending!
St. John Mary Vianney, Curé of Ars