16 May 2020 ; Jesus Truly Present in the Blessed Sacrament
The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.
For in the Blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself. The Eucharist is the efficacious sign, sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the people of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship humanity offers to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith. Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking. The species reserved in the tabernacle is called the Blessed Sacrament. The most Blessed Sacrament is the sacrament of sacraments. The Most Blessed Sacrament of The Eucharist incorporates the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our lord Jesus Christ. Therefore the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained. It is Christ's real presence because it is His presence in the fullest sense. It is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes Himself wholly and entirely present.
Eucharistic Adoration is the worship given to Jesus Christ while He is present in the consecrated species of bread. This consecrated bread which is the Eucharist can be contained in a closed tabernacle or placed in a vessel called a monstrance where He can be openly viewed by all.
As you come to worship Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration you place yourself, your family, and the world you live in within the Real Presence of God.
We all know that if we place ourselves in the presence of the sun, it gives us a glow. When the rays of the sun touch us they change the appearance of our skin, they even penetrate our being. Though we can't see these rays they still exist and our skin can attest to it. The Eucharistic species also emanates rays, divine rays which bring conversions, grace, healing and holiness into your life and into the lives of others. These rays penetrate to the very core of your being which is your soul.
There, Jesus who is mystery will perform some of His greatest miracles. He will reveal Himself to you in a most special and personal way. He will lift for you the veil of mystery surrounding Him in the way and manner He desires to do so just for you.
Can you even begin to fathom the graces and blessings waiting for you there? (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #515, #517, #519, #1324, #1325, #1327, #1330, #1336, #1374.)
Saturday of the 5th week of Eastertide
or Saint Brendan, Abbot
He was born in Munster, in south-west Ireland, and became a monk and a priest. He founded a number of monasteries and travelled to Wales, to Iona, and on a three-year missionary journey to Britain.
He is famous for his voyage to the New World, which has become so accreted with traditional and legendary elements that it is impossible to discern what truth there is in it (rather the way that the life of Alexander the Great attracted mythical elements that made him, among other things, the son of the last Pharaoh of Egypt). That there is some truth in the story of the voyage is likely. Ireland at this time was the centre of a high Christian culture at a time when much of Europe had collapsed into chaos and paganism, and Irishmen regularly went on missionary journeys to bring the Gospel to distant lands. It would have been natural to expand this to the far West, where lands might well exist, and where, if they did exist, they were waiting to hear the Gospel. Whether Brendan ever reached the New World may be doubted, and his journey is unlikely to have lasted seven years; but the story is evidence of a tradition of voyaging that involved many more people than Brendan. Certain aspects of Aztec mythology, for example, can be most easily interpreted as a way of preserving teaching of an actual shipwrecked priest by encoding it as myth.
Jesus, You have said
whoever believes in me
will perform the same works as I do myself,
Please gave me the grace to truly believe in You
and in so doing bring others by example
to know and love You and Your infinite Mercy.
ST FAUSTINA'S Diary
“A soul does not benefit as it should from the Sacrament of Confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.” (113, page 63)
WORD OF OUR LORD
The world hated me before it hated you
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If the world hates you,
remember that it hated me before you.
If you belonged to the world,
the world would love you as its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
because my choice withdrew you from the world,
therefore the world hates you.
Remember the words I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master.
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too;
if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.
But it will be on my account that they will do all this,
because they do not know the one who sent me.’
Father, I wish that, where I am,
those you gave me may also be with me,
that they may see the glory that you gave me.
Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU