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.
Amen.

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Be vivified by the body of Christ

September 10

“Our sensible appetites, inclined to sensuality and to sloth, need to be vivified by contact with the virginal body of Christ, who endured most frightful sufferings for love of us. We, who are always inclined to pride, to lack of consideration, to forgetfulness of the greatest truths, to spiritual folly, need to be illumined by contact with the sovereignty luminous intellect of the Savior, who is ‘the way, the truth, and the life.'”

-Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, The Three Ages of the Interior Life

 

Today’s Reflection:

What do we do if our faith in the Eucharist isn’t very alive? Make one resolution today that you will carry through this week to increase your love and devotion.

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O Heart, fountain of sweetness!

September 9
“O Heart, fountain of sweetness!
Give me to drink, unworthy as I am,
of the wine of Thy comfort.
In Thy divine charity raise up the ruins of my spirit,
and out of Thy superabundance of charity,
atone for all the beggary and neediness of my soul.”
-Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great (adapted)
Today’s Reflection:
Be receptive to all that God wants to do in and through you by the grace of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

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God opened my heart

September 8

“…Fourteen years later, God opened my heart to consider the claims of the Catholic Church. The Church taught that Jesus meant what He said to the Jews in John, Chapter 6: ‘Unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed’ (John 6:53-55). I finally realized that if the Eucharist is Christ, there is no where else on earth to be but the Church our Savior established and for which He gave His life, and through which He gives us His very self — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity — as our Food.”

-Rosalind Moss, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

 

Today’s Reflection:

Rosalind Moss was a Jewish convert to Christianity. Now she is Mother Miriam. How does her account enhance your appreciation of the Holy Eucharist?

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