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Abiding in Christ

Abiding in Christ Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me not only how to live with You, but how to live in You, to abide in You. MEDITATION On the evening of the Last Supper Jesus said: “Abide in Me and I in you” (John 15:4) and shortly afterward He instituted the Eucharist, the Sacrament whose specific purpose is to nourish our life of union with Him. When Jesus comes to us, He does not depart... Read More

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist   Presence of God – Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me how to live with You through the Sacrament of Your love. MEDITATION Devotion to the Sacred Heart should bring us to a life of intimate union with Jesus who, we know, is truly present and living in the Eucharist. The two devotions—to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist—are closely connected. They call... Read More

Mystery of Hope

Mystery of Hope   Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory. MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world.” The Jews disliked this speech; they began to question and dispute the Master’s words.... Read More

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity?

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity? I wanted to share with you a conversation I found myself in a few weeks ago.* I found it relevant as these are the days we are reflecting into Corpus Christi. Friend: “What gives you reason to believe the Eucharist is more than a symbol?” Me: “What gives me reason to believe that it is not?” Friend: “Because, nowhere in Sacred Scripture does... 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

Holy Thursday — The Real Presence

The Real Presence Presence of God – “Hidden God, devoutly I adore Thee, truly present beneath these veils: all my heart subdues itself before Thee, since all before Thee faints and fails” (cf. Adoro Te Devote). MEDITATION “Verbum caro factum est” (John 1:14). The Incarnation of the Word, the ineffable mystery of the merciful love of God, who so loved man that He became “flesh” for... 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... 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

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II The Passive Action of Communion Editor’s Note:  In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the topic of the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue. Today, in Part II of the series, he offers three considerations for receiving the Holy Eucharist in this way. Part II: The Passive Action of Communion An ancient maxim of the Church teaches that “the... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part I of II

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part I of II Editor’s Note: Today we are pleased to introduce to you Christopher Carstens, Editor of the Adoremus Bulletin, and a wonderful addition to the cadre of authors on our site.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home.  + Christopher Carstens The “Sacrament of Unity,” the Eucharist, demonstrates great diversity. In its celebration, ritual... Read More

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