Thought for the Day – 8 October: The Eucharist — The Mystery Of Our Christ, by Karl Rahner (extract)

Thought for the Day – 8 October:
The Eucharist — The Mystery Of Our Christ, by Karl Rahner (extract)

What happens when we celebrate the Eucharist?  The simple answer is: the Lord’s Supper which He celebrated at the beginning of His passion becomes present among us and for us.   If we are to understand this central element of our faith we must reflect on what happened at the Lord’s Supper and we must ponder what it means when it is said that this meal becomes present among us and for us.

………..And thus He says:  “Take this body which is given for you, drink this blood poured out for you.”   And through the power of His creative word which changes the subsoils of reality, He makes Himself exist in the form of bread and wine, the everyday sign of loving unity with His disciples, so that all of this – His sacrificed reality for their salvation – becomes manifest and manifestly operative; it truly belongs to them and enters into the centre of their being.

“Take, eat; this is my body. Drink. . . for this is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for all.”   They take and they are taken.   Taken by the redeeming power of obedience and of love of the Lord, taken by His death which gives birth to life out of its dreadful void, encircled by the grace of God which, with the incomprehensible and consuming holiness of God, unites.   They are embraced by love which joins them to each other, not destructively but –redemptively, enveloped by a love which unites them in an experience where otherwise each would die painfully in himself alone in his ultimate solitude.   And by eating the dish of God’s mercy, they anticipate the eternal meal when God, no longer in Earthly symbols but in the accomplishment of His revealed glory, makes Himself into the eternal meal of the redeemed.   And while they eat thus, they look for the day when the Lord will be entirely with them, the day on which He “will come again” (as they say).  And the new and eternal covenant which has been bequeathed to them is celebrated as is their free acceptance of it.   These are given in the power of this bread which unites them with the Lord who is the covenant and joins them one to another in the beginning of eternal life.

The Lord’s Supper becomes His presence among us and for us in the church’s celebration of the Eucharist.   The church fulfills the fundamental order of the Lord: “Do this (what He Himself had done on the night He was betrayed) in remembrance of me.”   The church does what the Lord had done, with the words which He Himself spoke when He gave His body and His blood in the form of bread and wine to His disciples as a pledge of eternal life.   The church celebrates the Anamnesis, the “remembrance” of the meal that instituted the new covenant.  The church recalls what once happened but does not bring about a repetition of the actual event which happened once and for all on Calvary. Rather, what happened then enters into our place and our time and acquires presence and redemptive power within our own being.

This is possible (if we may so try to understand the miracle of God) because the Lord’s Supper is not an event of the past.   The free decision of absolute obedience and unconditional, unreserved love constitutes one of those moments of history in which a temporality becomes the definitive, the enduring and the eternal, not just a moment in which something evaporates into the void of the past.   The elements of freedom and spirit always signify the birth of the eternal; in this context, what is temporal passes into time but also attains eternal validity by virtue of the pure essence of the decision itself by a spiritual person.   This applies in an utterly unique way to the event of the Last Supper. What happened there as event once and for all is.   It is.  It is taken up in the eternity of God, it has passed over into the state of perfection in which is becomes permanence in the midst of time.   For the Lord in this meal has wrought something that endures forever since His voluntary deeds come from the infinite primal grounds of the eternal Word of God itself and are a spiritual-human reality, like the creative words of Genesis.

He has wrought the “new” and thus the final covenant, as He Himself says.matthew 26-28 - 8 oct 2017


Quote/s of the Day – 9 October

Quote/s of the Day – 9 October

“Jesus, I am committing myself to accepting the things in life
I cannot change and I ask for the grace of serenity.
I am committing myself to changing the things in life
I can change and I ask for the grace of courage.
I am committing myself to knowing the difference
and I ask for the grace of wisdom.”jesus, take away - karl rahner - 8 oct 2917

“Jesus, take away the arrogance in my ego
and give me Your heart in its place.
Take away my ego-centredness
and make Your heart and its purposes.
the centre of myself.
I willingly enter the fire of Your heart
and let Your heart burn away my ego
and enflame me with enthusiasm
for the conversion of the world to the desires of Your heart.”
I feel the passionate longing of Your heart for all humanity and I ask to be an apostle of Your love.”

Karl Rahner SJjesus i am committing myself - karl rahner - 8 oct 2017




May our Lord Jesus Christ…console your hearts and strengthen them for every good word and work...2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

REFLECTION – “Jesus knows how to comfort us.
So when you are desolate, leave creatures behind.
Come to the tabernacle and you will always find strength and consolation.”…St Peter Julian Eymardjesus knows how to console us- st peter julian eymard - 8 oct 2017

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, let me frequently have recourse to You in the Blessed Sacrament. O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment thine! Amencome lord jesus come - 8 oct 2017


Our Morning Offering – 8 October : Just as It Is – a Prayer before Holy Communion By Karl Rahner SJ

Our Morning Offering – 8 October

Just as It Is – a Prayer before Holy Communion
By Karl Rahner SJ

Come Lord enter my heart, You who are crucified,
who have died, who love, who are faithful,
truthful, patient and humble.
You who have taken upon Yourself, a slow and toilsome life
in a single corner of the world,
denied by those who are Your own,
too little loved by Your friends, betrayed by them,
subjected to the law, made by the plaything of politics
right from the very first,
a creature who found only barrenness and futility
as a result of His labours,
a man who loved and found no love in response,
You who were too exalted for those about You to understand,
who were brought to the point of feeling Yourself forsaken by God,
You who sacrificed all,
who commend Yourself into the hands of Your Father,
You who cry, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’
I will try to receive You as You are,
to make You the innermost law of my life,
to take You, as at once, the BURDEN and the STRENGTH of my life.
When I receive You, I accept my everyday just as it is.
I do not have any lofty feelings in my heart to recount to You,
I can lay my everyday before You, just as it is.
For I receive it from You Yourself,
The everyday and its inward light,
The everyday and its meaning,
The everyday and the power to endure it,
The sheer familiarity of it,
which becomes the hiddenness of Your Eternal Life.
Amen.just as it is by karl rahner sj

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Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Reparata

Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Reparata – Virgin, Martyr (3rd century Caesarea, Palestine – beheaded in the 3rd century).  Her relics translated to the Nice Cathedral in 1690.   Patronages – Florence, Italy, Nice, France, city of, Nice, France, diocese of, Teano, Italy.  Attributes – banner with red cross on a white background, dove, holding a crown and palm of martyrdom, sitting in fire, standing near the Blessed Virgin Mary, with Saint Ansanus.


St Reparata was a third-century Christian virgin and martyr of Caesarea in Palestine. Sources vary as to her age – from 11 to 20 years old – though the Sainte-Réparate cathedral in Nice gives it as 15.   She was arrested for her faith and tortured during the persecution of Decius.
Arrest of St Reparata
Daddi, St. Reparata Before the Emperor Decius
Trial of St Reparata – Bernardo Daddi

Her persecutors tried to burn her alive but she was saved by a shower of rain.   She was then made to drink boiling pitch.   When she again refused to apostatise, she was beheaded.   Her legend states that as she fell dead, her spirit emerged from her body in the form a dove.   Later elaborations of her legend state that her body was laid in a boat and blown by the breath of angels to the bay now known as the Baie des Anges in Nice.

Evidence of her cult does not exist before the ninth century, when her name appears in the martyrology of Bede.   She is not mentioned by Eusebius of Caesarea, who recorded the martyrdoms that took place in the Holy Land during the 3rd century.

Her cult became widespread in Europe during the Middle Ages, as evidenced by the multiple Passiones found in various parts of the continent -especially Italy, where her cult was particularly popular in Florence, Atri, Naples, and Chieti.   Numerous painters created depictions of her, including Fra Bartolomeo, Arnolfo di Cambio, Andrea Pisano, Domenico Passignano,  Lorenzo di Niccolò and Bernardo Daddi.

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Scenes from the Life of St Reparata –  Lorenzo di Niccolò 

She is the patron saint of Nice and a co-patron saint of Florence (with Saint Zenobius). The former cathedral of Santa Reparata in Florence was dedicated to her. Sainte-Réparate Cathedral, in Nice, is also dedicated to her.1024px-Cathédrale_Sainte_Réparate_in_NicezEurope 2010, NEW T2i, Pisa and Nice 093, Saint Reparata Church_40 SMALL, HDR-L

Florence holds a celebration in honour of Reparata each year on October 8 in commemoration of its deliverance from the Ostrogoths in 406, which they attribute to the intercession of St Reparata.

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Memorials of the Saints – 8 October

St Amor of Aquitaine
St Artemon of Laodicia
St Badilo
St Benedicta of Laon
St Benedicta of Origny-sur-Oise
St Evodius of Rouen
St Felix of Como
Gratus of Chalons
Bl Hugh Canefro
Bl John Adams
Bl John Lowe
St Keyna
St Laurentia
St Nestor of Thessalonica
St Palatias
St Pelagia the Penitent
St Peter of Seville
Bl Ragenfreda
St Reparata
Bl Robert Bickerdike
Bl Robert Dibdale
St Simeon Senex
St Thaïs the Penitent
St Triduna

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: • Blessed José María Ruano López- Marist Martyrs of Barcelona – 46 beati:
• Blessed Ángel Roba Osorno
• Blessed Anicet Falgueras Casellas
• Blessed Antoni Badía Andale
• Blessed Antoni Roig Alembau
• Blessed Carles Brengaret Pujol
• Blessed Casimir Riba Pi
• Blessed Feliciano Ayúcar Eraso
• Blessed Felipe Ruiz Peña
• Blessed Félix Ayúcar Eraso
• Blessed Fermín Latienda Azpilicueta
• Blessed Ferran Suñer Estrach
• Blessed Florentino Redondo Insausti
• Blessed Fortunato Ruiz Peña
• Blessed Gregorio Faci Molins
• Blessed Isidro Serrano Fabón
• Blessed Jaume Morella Bruguera
• Blessed Jeroni Messegué Ribera
• Blessed Jesús Menchón Franco
• Blessed Joan Pelfort Planell
• Blessed Joan Tubau Perelló
• Blessed José María Ruano López
• Blessed José Miguel Elola Arruti
• Blessed Josep Ambrós Dejuán
• Blessed Josep Blanch Roca
• Blessed Josep Cesari Mercadal
• Blessed Josep Mir Pons
• Blessed Juan Núñez Casado
• Blessed Julio García Galarza
• Blessed Leocadio Rodríguez Nieto
• Blessed Leoncio Pérez Gómez
• Blessed Lucio Izquierdo López
• Blessed Lucio Zudaire Armendía
• Blessed Mariano Alonso Fuente
• Blessed Néstor Vivar Valdivieso
• Blessed Nicolás Pereda Revuelta
• Blessed Nicolás Ran Goñi
• Blessed Pedro Ciordia Hernández
• Blessed Pere Sitges Puig
• Blessed Ramon Mill Arán
• Blessed Santiago Saiz Martínez
• Blessed Santos Escudero Miguel
• Blessed Segismundo Hidalgo Martínez
• Blessed Serafín Zugaldía Lacruz
• Blessed Trifón Lacunza Unzu
• Blessed Victor Gutiérrez Gómez
• Blessed Victoriano Gómez Gutiérrez
• Blessed Victoriano Martínez Martín