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”?

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With unveiled face

September 19

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

-2 Corinthians 3:18


Today’s Reflection:

When we come with openness of heart to pray before the Presence of our Lord, we grow more and more into His likeness.
How is this evident in your life?

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Can you not spend one hour with me?

September 18
“Can you not spend one hour with me?”
-Matthew 26:40
Today’s Reflection:
Jesus desires for us to spend time alone with Him. Sometimes our time of prayer or adoration feels dry. What are some ways that you can ignite your desire to be in His presence?

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Our inner life

September 17

“In our inner life it is the Eucharist above all which expresses our personal union with Jesus…The more perfectly we become assimilated to Christ in the Eucharist the more perfect will be our unity in him.”

-Canon Jacques Leclercq


Today’s Reflection:

How much do you desire to be united to Jesus? How is this reflected in your time with Him at mass and adoration?

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Jesus, transform me

September 16

“Jesus, transform me, miserable and sinful as I am, into your own self…”

-St. Faustina Kowalska


Today’s Reflection:

Jesus desires that each of us become a temple in which He dwells continually and that we be transformed into His very image and likeness. How will you take this great gift and imbue the world with His presence?

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Let us give thanks

September 15

“The priest says ‘Let us give thanks to the Lord.’ Certainly we ought to give thanks to God for having invited us, unworthy as we are, to so great a gift; for God having reconciled us to Himself when we were His enemies; for having made us His adopted sons by the Spirit.”

-St. Cyril of Alexandria (350 AD)


Today’s Reflection:

What does this quote from St. Cyril tell you about the reason for giving thanks to the Lord during Holy Mass.

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Sweet presence of Jesus

September 14

“How sweet the [Eucharistic] presence of Jesus to the longing, harassed soul! It is instant peace, and balm to every wound.”

-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


Today’s Reflection:

Dear Lord,
How many times have I experienced the healing balm of Your Presence, both in the Eucharist and through Your Word in Sacred Scripture! Plunge me ever deeper into the Sacred Mysteries, that they may produce abundant
fruit in my life. Amen.

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Prepare your heart

September 13

“The assembly should prepare itself to encounter its Lord and to become ‘a people well disposed.’ The preparation of hearts is the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the assembly, especially of its ministers. The grace of the Holy Spirit seeks to awaken faith, conversion of heart, and adherence to the Father’s will. These dispositions are the precondition both for the reception of other graces conferred in the celebration itself and the fruits of new life which the celebration is intended to produce afterward.”

-Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1098


Today’s Reflection:

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in preparing us to encounter the Lord through the Sacred Liturgy?

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Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed

September 12

“O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes. Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ.”

-Brasilian Monk in 700 A.D. who witnessed the miracle of Lanciano


Today’s Reflection:

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” -John 20:29

Most of us will never witness something like the miracle of Lanciano, when the accidents of bread and wine were transformed into real, physical flesh and blood. But at every mass, we witness the hidden miracle of transubstantiation, when the bread and wine is transformed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. Submit your questions and doubts to the Lord and pray for the gift of a deep and abiding faith that lacks nothing.

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Divine Love

September 11

“The Blessed Sacrament is the first and supreme object of our worship.
We must preserve in the depths of our hearts a constant uninterrupted adoration of this precious pledge of Divine Love.'”

-St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier


Today’s Reflection:

One way to preserve constant uninterrupted adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is by making spiritual communions throughout the day, turning our hearts and minds toward the Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. One favorite prayer for spiritual communion is as follows:

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

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