Articles Tagged ‘Holy Eucharist’

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19th Sunday: The Sacred Host

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Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. (Jn 6:51) In our meditations on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we have considered the unchangeable heart of the Mass, the Canon or Eucharistic Prayer. It is the very heart of the Mass because this priestly prayer brings about the consecration of the offerings into the Body and Blood of our Saviour, the Bread of Life. ... (Continue reading)

Corpus Christi: The gift of the Holy Eucharist

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 Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. (Heb 9:14) As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi as it is traditionally known, we celebrate the Church’s greatest treasure, the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. Though the Institution of the Holy Eucharist is celebrated yearly on Holy Thursday, Corpus Christi celebrates in a particular manner the Real Presence of Jesus in the ... (Continue reading)

6th Sunday of Easter: We become His friends

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You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (Jn 15:14-15) We are nearly at the end of the Easter Season, a privileged time of catechesis or instruction for both the newly baptized and for all of us who renewed ... (Continue reading)

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5th. Sunday of Easter: Abide in Me as I abide in you

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Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abide in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. (Jn. 15:4). In today’s Gospel reading, Our Lord speaks of the reality of our union with Him as a mutual indwelling (perichoresis). Abide in me as I abide in you. These words are not meant to be understood metaphorically or symbolically. They express the reality of our life in Christ ... (Continue reading)

Reparation to the Sacred Heart: a prayer for troubled times

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It is understandable to feel concern, uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety in these troubled times. Jesus, it seems, is asleep as our little boat continues to be tossed amidst the storms that rage within the Catholic Church and throughout the world. But we know in faith that He remains with us, always attentive to our prayers, and so it is important to stay close to Him. Receive Him frequently in the Holy Eucharist and visit Him often in Eucharistic Adoration. As members ... (Continue reading)

28th Sunday: Eucharist means thanksgiving

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On this mountain the Lord of Hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food (Is 25:6). Throughout our nation in what we can claim as a truly North American tradition, Canadians are observing Thanksgiving Day. In the observance of what is essentially a harvest festival, we give thanks to God for the fruits of the earth. In so doing we are faithful to the command found in the Book of Exodus: "You shall keep the feast of harvest, of ... (Continue reading)

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Holy Communion on the tongue

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The subject of receiving Holy Communion in the hand versus in the mouth remains divisive in the Catholic Church. The majority of our current bishops and priests do not want to address or redress the problem that originated in the mid-1960s. When the reception of the Holy Eucharist in the hand began to spread, Pope Paul VI focused on the abuse in Memoriale Domini. He said that "in view of the state of the Church as a whole today, this manner of distributing ... (Continue reading)

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered (Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Gal 6:14). Today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, one of the Church’s oldest, celebrates the triumph of God’s humility over man’s pride "for the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Cor 1:25). The first followers of our Lord evidently ... (Continue reading)

21st Sunday: You are the Christ

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You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt 16:16). St. Peter’s statement of faith is the foundation of the Christian faith, just as it is the foundation of the Church’s life and mission. Christians are so called because we believe in the divinity of Christ; namely, that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial ... (Continue reading)

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18th Sunday: The medicine of immortality

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Jesus saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. ... And all ate and were filled (Mt 14: 14; 20). The healing of the sick and the feeding of the multitude prefigure the miracle that is the Mass throughout the ages. We do not think of the Eucharist as a Sacrament of healing but in our tradition we do speak of the Eucharist as the medicine of immortality. St. Thomas Aquinas, the author of so ... (Continue reading)

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