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Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces

Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces   The Eucharist, as a sacrament, produces in you an increase of habitual, or sanctifying, grace by its own power. Its effects are like those of food: it maintains, increases, and repairs your spiritual forces, causing also a joy that is not necessarily felt, yet it is real. Holy Communion not only preserves the life of your soul, but increases it, just... Read More

Joy in Holy Communion

Joy in Holy Communion

Joy in Holy Communion   Holy Communion is the feast of the soul — that is to say, a source of deepest joys. As bread imparts to the body strength and a feeling of contentment, so does the Bread of Life bring peace and joy to your heart because of the wonderful fruits of grace it produces in your soul. St. Thomas Aquinas says, “This Bread of Angels, containing in itself all delights, satisfies... Read More

Communion on the Tongue – One Priest’s Thoughts and Experiences – Part II

One Priest’s Thoughts and Experiences Concerning Communion on the Tongue Part II Editor's Note: In Part I, Fr. Jerabek introduced the topic of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, the dangers of inadvertent–and sometimes purposeful–profanation present in receiving Communion in the hand, and why there seems to be less regard for how we receive Our Lord these days. Today, in Part... Read More

Communion on the Tongue – One Priest’s Thoughts and Experiences – Part I

One Priest’s Thoughts and Experiences Concerning Communion on the Tongue Part I When I was a child and preparing to receive my First Holy Communion, I remember being taught to do so the traditional way: on the tongue. In fact, if memory serves, we received Holy Communion via intinction that first time i.e. the priest carefully dipped the host in the Precious Blood before placing it on our tongues.... Read More

Elements of Christ’s Memorial

August 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Life of Christ (Week 17 of 27) To be honest, I've never given much thought to the why of bread and wine for Mass. Why do we use bread and not olives or hummus or crackers? Why do we use wine and not water or milk or beer? Leave it to Fulton Sheen to smack me across the head with an explanation that not only explains it beautifully, but that also inspires further reflection. I'll be breaking... Read More

The Silence of Detachment (Part III of III)

August 31, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

The Silence of Detachment Part III of III This post is the third in a series on whether we should sit quietly during prayer. Part 1 was about the false silence of Centering Prayer and yoga. Part 2 discussed Teresa of Avila’s teaching on prayer and silence. Today, I’d like to talk briefly about the silence of detachment. If we want God to enter our lives in a significant way, we must make room for... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part III of IV)

Keeping Faith Alive During Life's Dark Nights (Part III of IV) Editor's Note:  In Part I, we looked at how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God. In Part II, we considered the general patterns of growth which we experience. Today, we will begin to explore how to keep faith alive during our lives' dark nights.... Read More

The Paradox of Holiness and Communion

October 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Communion, Holiness, Prayer

The Paradox of Holiness and Communion To be holy is to be set apart. To be in communion is to be in solidarity with one another. Prayer both sets us apart and establishes us in a deeper communion. It is a paradox. Although this mystery is not completely solvable, one hint is the relational dimension of prayer. It is ordered to a real friendship with the all holy God. In asserting this, the paradox... Read More

My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do?

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Faith, Family Life, Fr. Bartunek

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My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do? Dear Father John, should it bother me when my 20 year old son goes to Mass but does not receive communion? And what should I do about it? It should concern you, but it should also fill you with healthy pride. It should bother you, because a choice not to receive Holy Communion means one of two things. First, it could mean that your son is... Read More

Must Catholics Marry in Catholic Ceremonies?

Many of my friends' children that insist they are Catholic got married in Episcopal, Lutheran (on a beach with uncle presiding) etc. type of ceremony. Are they still free to receive at Mass? Are they considered married in the Catholic Church? This is “no big deal” now a days? Would appreciate the Church's view on this matter. The situations you allude to are more complicated than you might... Read More

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