The Eucharist is a mode of being

September 25

“…the Eucharist is a mode of being, which passes from Jesus into each Christian, through whose testimony it is meant to spread throughout society and culture. For this to happen, each member of the faithful must assimilate, through personal and communal meditation, the values which the Eucharist expresses, the attitudes it inspires, the resolutions to which it gives rise.”

-St. John Paul II

 

Today’s Reflection:

What does the Eucharist being a “mode of being” mean to you?

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Downton Abbey Subplot Mars Family-Friendly Status

The latest box office hit, Downton Abbey, starring Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville, is a lavish period film set in the scenic English countryside in 1927 that might have made a terrific family movie if not for a homosexual subplot that many found offensive.

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His own Most Sacred Heart

September 24
“Through the gift of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus makes available to us His own Most Sacred Heart, the very heart that was pierced with a sword upon Calvary’s hill. He gives His Heart so that our own hearts may be purified and cleansed, strengthened and made new, healed and set free.
-Johnnette Benkovic Williams
Today’s Reflection:
Do you believe in the healing power of the Eucharist? Have you experienced it? We’d love to hear your story.

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Saint Pio of Pietrelcina: Suffering and Joy, All as God Wills

The altar in San Giovanni Rotondo where St. Pio said Mass

I think it is safe to say that a mystique of sorts has evolved surrounding the beloved man popularly known as Padre Pio. The fact that since 2002, he has been numbered among the canonized saints of the Catholic Church, at times appears to be a mere afterthought.

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I thank You

September 23

“From the depths of my heart I thank You, dear Lord,
for Your infinite kindness in coming to me.
I thank You for nourishing my soul
with Your Sacred Body and Precious Blood.
Grant that I may spend the hours of the day gladly
working with You according to Your will.”

-Act of Thanksgiving

 

Today’s Reflection:

In what other ways are you grateful for the gift of the Eucharist?

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Act of love

September 22
“I beg you, O my Divine Bridegroom, to be the Restorer of my soul…
Tomorrow, with the help of your grace, I will begin a new life in which each moment will be an act of love and renunciation.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux
Today’s Reflection:
In what ways would you like to begin a new life tomorrow?

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Food for your soul

September 21
“When we kneel before the tabernacle, when we receive Holy Communion, we acknowledge the awesome reality that God, who made the heavens and earth, the ruler of all that is and was and is to come, chose to come and dwell in
our church — to be food for our souls.”
-Dale O’Leary
Today’s Reflection:
What strikes you most about the fact that the God of the universe becomes food for your soul?

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Fount and apex

September 20

“It is through the sacraments and the exercise of the virtues that the sacred nature and organic structure of the priestly community is brought into operation. Incorporated in the Church through baptism, the faithful are destined by the baptismal character for the worship of the Christian religion; reborn as sons of God they must confess before men the faith which they have received from God through the Church. They are more perfectly bound to the Church by the sacrament of Confirmation, and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength so that they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witnesses of Christ. Taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the fount and apex of the whole Christian life, they offer the Divine Victim to God, and offer themselves along with It. Thus both by reason of the offering and through Holy Communion all take part in this liturgical service, not indeed, all in the same way but each in that way which is proper to himself. Strengthened in Holy Communion by the Body of Christ, they then manifest in a concrete way that unity of the people of God which is suitably signified and wondrously brought about by this most august sacrament.

-Lumen Gentium, No. 11

 

Today’s Reflection:

Why do you think the Eucharist is the “fount and apex of the
whole Christian life”?

photo cred: LongitudeLatitude

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