Just as we should come to Mass early so as to reflect upon our intentions and to prepare ourselves; at the end of the Mass we should not depart quickly. Ten minutes or so of reflection can have great spiritual value. We can reflect upon the great mystery within which we have had a part. We are moved by a profound gratitude. The dismissal is not the end of the story. It has been said that given the speed of digestion, for ten or fifteen minutes we are actual living tabernacles of the Blessed Sacrament. Once digested, and the accidents of bread are gone, then the substantial presence passes as well. However, the Lord continues to be present through grace. We are made spiritual temples of the Lord.
A famous Thanksgiving Prayer is that of St. Thomas Aquinas:
I thank You, Lord, Almighty Father, Everlasting God, for having been pleased…
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