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Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II

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

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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

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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

Corpus Christi

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

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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

From the Eucharist to the Trinity

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From the Eucharist to the Trinity Presence of God– O Jesus, lead me to the Trinity; help me to live with the Trinity. MEDITATION Jesus came to us from the bosom of the Father to bring us to the Trinity; this was the purpose of the Incarnation and it is also that of the Eucharist, which prolongs the mystery of the Incarnation in time. In the Eucharist Jesus continues to be the Mediator between the three divine Persons and ourselves,... Read More

Mystery of Love

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Mystery of Love Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to penetrate the mystery of Your infinite love, which constrained You to become our Food and Drink. MEDITATION All God’s activity for man’s benefit is a work of love; it is summed up in the immense mystery of love which causes Him, the sovereign, infinite Good, to raise man to Himself, making him, a creature, share in His divine nature by communicating His own life to him.... Read More

The Mystery of Faith

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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 do not help at all—sight, touch,... Read More

Dwelling of Jesus on the Altars

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ON THE LOVING DWELLING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE ALTARS OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT “Come to me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28 Having to depart from this world after he had completed the work of redemption, our loving Savior did not wish to leave us alone in this valley of tears. “No tongue,” says St. Peter of Alcántara, “can express the greatness of the... Read More

On the Holy Communion

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Eucharist, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

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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 us himself entirely for... 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 having a crisis of faith in which... Read More

Retreat Guide: Food for the Journey

August 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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New Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Food for the Journey The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Food for the Journey: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. God’s plan for the human family was disrupted by eating. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they betrayed their friendship with God, losing the only source of lasting happiness, and... Read More

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