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Joy in Holy Communion

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Communion, Eucharist

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 by an admirable virtue the... Read More

How to Help a Seminarian

How to Help a Seminarian What do you give to someone who has everything? Ordinarily, that question is about someone who seems to have every material item a person could want. But what about men who’ve found everything in Christ and given up so much to enter the seminary? How do we support these men once they answer that call? Religious Order Priests According to Father Donald Calloway, the vocation director for the community... 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 his salvation, is, in a way,... Read More

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

April 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Fr. Bryan Jerabek, Sacraments

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 II, the author discusses... Read More

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

April 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Fr. Bryan Jerabek, Sacraments

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. (We were further instructed... Read More

Baptism — Divine Intimacy Meditation

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Baptism   Presence of God – O God, who without any merit on my part, have made me Your child, grant that my life may be worthy of this divine Sonship. MEDITATION The Church, like a mother anxious for the salvation of her children, and eager to rescue them from the slavery of Satan, to make them living temples of God, does not wait until a child is able to appreciate the value of Baptism, but hastens to confer it upon him... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II

September 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Eucharist, Sacraments

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 of prayer is the law of... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part I of II

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Eucharist, Sacraments

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 from Antioch, Alexandria,... Read More

Spiritual Direction and Confession

September 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction and Confession   Dear Father John, While I agree in consistency in spiritual direction, I would like to hear your “take” on spiritual direction and its connections to Confession. I do have a spiritual director I see once a month, but a confessor I see weekly. There are aspects of reconciliation that are spiritual direction, and I’ve shared some of those with my SD, who is also a priest,... Read More

Corpus Christi

May 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Corpus Christi, Eucharist, Liz Estler, Solemnity

Corpus Christi The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   In today’s solemnity (which was celebrated last Thursday, May 26th in some locations), we honor the most holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast was promoted by St. Juliana of Liège (also known as St. Juliana of Cornillon), who lived between 1191/2 and 1258, an Augustinian nun in charge of a leper colony. Jesus appeared to her at the age of 16... Read More

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