Many Catholics attend Mass out of share obligation. Maybe their mother or grandmother or maybe even their father insisted that they should go to Mass, so they just continue to go. We see a very high drop-out rate after many ...Read More »
In spite of the rich teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, many do not know or believe the teachings. The Holy Eucharist is the foundation of the Catholic faith, yet many Catholic faithful do not fully believe in the “Real ...Read More »
The is the source and summit of the Catholic Faith. The Catechism Of The Catholic Church tells us in verse 1324: The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries ...Read More »
The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus is present; Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. Do we really believe this? I have a very good friend who love to go to Holy Mass. In fact, all of us ...Read More »
Today’s gospel is about two men on their way to Emmaus, two dejected men who knew Jesus and were devastated by his death and the manner in which he was killed. These men as did Mary Magdalene, had a deep love for Jesus, and even though he told them several times what his future would be and what was his purpose, they did not really understand. It was resurrection day and the two had already heard the astounding news from the women, including Mary Magdalene, that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. You see, in spite of all that Jesus had said and done, they all thought that he was dead and were completely devastated. In their humanness, the last thing they needed was to now hear that his body was no longer there. What would they hold on too now?
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church begins the article on the Eucharist with a reflection on the names by which the sacrament is identified. Here we read that each name “evokes certain aspects” of the sacrament. It is called “Eucharist because it is an action of thanksgiving to God” (CCC - 1328). It is sometimes referred to as “the Breaking of Bread” because Jesus used this rite, above all, at the Last Supper (CCC - 1329). The Eucharist is also called “the memorial of the Lord’s passion and resurrection…the Holy Sacrifice” because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church’s offering (CCC - 1330).
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THE EUCHARIST – THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF OUR FAITH 1324 The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”134 “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with ...Read More »
Spiritual and Actual Communion
Holy Communion can be spiritual or actual. It is spiritual when we have not actually received the sacrament. But when we receive it actually in the Mass then we have really made communion with the Lord through the sacrament. Spiritual communion can be made within or outside the Mass. There are occasions within the Mass when we cannot approach the sacrament. The reason has to do with our personal relationship with God. It could be that we have not made confession and have not really prepared ourselves to receive the Lord through His Sacred sacrament. Or the reason could be practical. There could be so many people receiving communion in the parish that the hosts are not enough to accommodate everyone. In this way, we just make an act of spiritual communion and pray a special prayer stating our intention to receive spiritual communion with the Lord. Outside the Mass, we may make spiritual communion also with the Lord. There are many prayers that help us in this regard.Read More »