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Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass

Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass Every believer worthy of the name must sometime undergo the danger of scandal and its trial by fire. Some, the intrinsically shielded children of God, are able to come through; certainly not the majority. We, too, must have felt the enormity of what took place at Capernaum, of that which so incensed the Jews and so shocked many of the disciples that they declared... Read More

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

Mary’s Prayer

Mary's Prayer   Presence of God – O Mary, faithful adorer of God, show me how to make my life a continual prayer. MEDITATION In order to have even a slight understanding of Mary’s prayer, we must try to penetrate the sanctuary of her intimate union with God. No one has ever lived in closer intimacy with Him. Let us reverently observe this intimacy from the viewpoint of the divine maternity.... 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

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 law... 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 families... Read More

The Mystery of Faith

The Mystery of Faith Presence of God – O Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, and I adore You. Increase my faith. MEDITATION In the Canon [Eucharistic Prayer] of the Mass, the Eucharist is called “Mysterium fidei,” the Mystery of faith; indeed, only faith can make us see God present under the appearances of bread. Here, as St. Thomas says, the senses... Read More

On the Holy Communion

ON THE HOLY COMMUNION “Take ye, and eat: this is my body.” Matthew 26:26 Let us consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed on us in the institution of the most holy sacrament; the great love he has shown to us in this gift; and his great desire that we should receive this gift. Let us, in the first place, consider the great gift which Jesus Christ has bestowed upon us in giving... Read More

The Influence of Jesus

The Influence of Jesus Presence of God — O Jesus, give me the grace to understand that my soul is always under the powerful, sanctifying influence of Your sacred humanity. MEDITATION “Virtue went out from Him, and healed all” (Luke 6:19), the Gospel says in speaking of Jesus and the astonishing miracles which He worked. At the touch of His hand, the blind saw, the deaf heard, the dumb spoke.... Read More

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