Cardinal Giovanni Bona on the Holy Mass
Father Tim Finnigan at Hermeneutic of Continuity is translating Giovanni Bona, a Cistercian and cardinal of the Holy Roman Church from 1669; from his De Sacrificio Missae--which Fr Finnigan found in the St John's Seminary library at Wonersh. Cardinal Bona is quite famous as an historian of the liturgy and many of his comments and observations are included by J. P. Migne in his edition of the Fathers. I seem to recall reading an ascetical treatise of his: the good Cistercian was famous for being both an outstanding scholar and dedicated to his religious profession and the spiritual life.
The joy which the Holy Trinity and the heavenly powers take from the devout and reverent celebration of the Mass will also be of benefit in exciting our feelings of reverence: both because that sacrifice was left by Christ as a testament, as a pledge of the love by which he loved his own until the end; and because it is the commemoration of his death by whose intercession our sins are blotted out, men are redeemed, saints are saved, and we who are living are loaded with innumerable benefits.