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The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil

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The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil An arrow that should be found in the quiver of an intercessor is the Eucharist. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.... Read More

Receiving the Eucharist with Humility

How can we receive the Eucharist in the most holy way? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with liturgy expert Christopher Carstens to discuss the humility necessary to receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord during Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When receiving the Holy Eucharist, what is the best virtue to exhibit in order to become saintly? How does humility bring us into a more full participation... Read More

Participating in Holy Mass

Participating in Holy Mass Presence of God – O Jesus, immolated at every moment of the day on our altars, let me share in Your Sacrifice. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mediator Dei exhorts all the faithful to “participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, not passively, carelessly, and with distractions, but with such ardor and fervor that we shall be closely associated with the High Priest.” It is not enough to be present at Mass;... Read More

A Devotional Journey Into the Mass

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Christopher Carstens about his book A Devotional Journey into the Mass to help us discover the meaning and beauty of the liturgy. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the major themes of the book? Why is active participation in the Mass so important? What does “active participation” in the Mass mean and how can we accomplish it? How should... Read More

Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Eucharist/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 Jesus’ words intolerable and... 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. The power which went forth from... Read More

Is Breaking the Host at the Consecration Correct?

January 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

Dear Father John, I recently attended Mass at another parish. The priest broke the bread as he said the words of consecration. I know this is not according to the rubrics. What’s up with that? Was the celebration valid? Was it legal? Was it the Body and Blood of Christ? We received from previously consecrated Hosts that day. Should I have politely walked out? Breaking the hosts during the consecration is an abuse that crept in... Read More

Gethsemane’s Night and the Hope of Christian Prayer

Gethsemane: Those who enter into this hidden garden of prayer with fear of the Lord and right reverence are permitted to overhear part of the Son's conversation with the Father in secret.  Extending the blessing He offered at the Last Supper, Christ offered perfect praise with bold confidence in the Father while cherishing everything about his human existence, especially His friends.  He was vigilant that they should not be lost,... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part I of II

December 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? As long as we are human, we will be battling distractions. Even the Catechism makes this clear: “The habitual difficulty... Read More

Why do Catholics Attend Church More Often than Protestants?

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

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Dear Father John, can you help me understand and explain why Catholics go to Church so much more than Protestants (as with daily communicants)? Here is the short answer to this question: Catholics go to Mass daily because of the Eucharist. Protestants and evangelicals, with very rare exceptions (e.g. some of our faithful Anglican friends), believe neither in the abiding, Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, nor in the sacrificial... Read More

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