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Quote/s of the Day – 7 December – Our ‘Daily Bread’

Quote/s of the Day – 7 December – The Memorial of St Ambrose (c 340-397) Father and Doctor of the Church and St Maria Giuseppa Rosello FdM (1811-1880)

“Let your door stand open
to receive Him,
unlock your soul to Him,
offer Him a welcome in your mind
and then you will see
the riches of simplicity,
the treasures of peace,
the joy of grace.
Throw wide the gate of your heart,
stand before the sun of the everlasting light.”let-your-door-stand-open-st-ambrose-7-dec-2017 and 2019

“If it is “daily bread,”
why do you take it once a year? . . .
Take daily what is to profit you daily.
Live in such a way that you may deserve
to receive it daily.
He who does not deserve to receive it daily,
does not deserve to receive it once a year.”

St Ambrose (c 340-397)
Father and Doctor of the Churchif-it-ias-daily-st-ambrose-7-dec-2017 and 2019

“Go to Jesus.
He loves you
and is waiting for you,
to give you many graces.
He is on the Altar,
surrounded by angels adoring and praying.
Let them make some room for you
and join them in doing what they do.”

St Maria Giuseppa Rosello (1811-1880)go to jesus he loves you and is waiting for you on the altar - st maria guiseppa rosello 7 dec 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1726-1755)

Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1726-1755)

“Let us begin in earnest
to work out our salvation,
for no-one will do it for us,
since even He Himself,
Who made us without ourselves,
will not save us without ourselves!”let us begin in earnest - st m m alacoque - 16 oct 2018

“Let every knee bend before You,
O greatness of my God,
so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.
May every heart love You,
every spirit adore You
and every will be subject to You!

St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)let every knee bend before you - st m m alacoque - 16 oct 2018

“The Most Blessed Sacrament
is Christ made visible.
The poor sick person
is Christ again made visible.”

St Gerard Majella (1726-1755)the most blessed sacrament is christ made visible - st gerard majella - no 2 - 16 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 21 July – – The Memorial of St Lawrence of Brindisi OFM Cap (1559-1619) Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 21 July – Saturday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time – The Memorial of St Lawrence of Brindisi OFM Cap (1559-1619) Doctor of the Church – Today’s Readings:  Micah 2:1-5Psalm 10:1-47-814Matthew 12:14-21

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased….
and in his name will the Gentiles hope.”…Matthew 12:18,21

REFLECTION – “My dear souls, let us recognise, I pray you, Christ’s infinite charity towards us, in the institution of this Sacrament of the Eucharist.   In order that our love be a spiritual love, He wills a new heart, a new love, a new spirit for us.   It is not with a carnal heart but with a spiritual one, that Christ has loved us with a gratuitous love, a supreme and most ardent love, by way of pure grace and charity.   Ah!   One needs to love Him back with one’s whole, whole, whole, living, living, living and true, true, true heart!!” …… St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619) Apostolic Doctorbehold my servant - matthew 12 - 18, my dear souls, let us recognise - st lawrence of brindisi - 21 july 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You bestowed on St Lawrence of Brindisi the spirit of counsel and fortitude, so that Your name might be glorified and souls be saved.   At the intercession of St Lawrence, grant that we may see what we have to do and, in Your mercy give us the strength to do it and the courage, love and charity to persevere.   Grant above all, that by his prayers we may love You above all and with all we are.   St Lawrence pray for us, amen.st-lawrence-of-brindisi-pray-for-us - 21 July 2017

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Quote of the Day – 12 June – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Candida of the Eucharist (1884-1949) (celebrated by the Carmelite Order today)

Quote of the Day – 12 June – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Candida of the Eucharist (1884-1949) (celebrated by the Carmelite Order today)

“I want to be like Mary, to be Mary for Jesus,
to take the place of His Mother.
When I receive Jesus in Communion,
Mary is always present.
I want to receive Jesus from her hands,
she must make me one with Him.
I cannot separate Mary from Jesus.
Hail, O Body born of Mary.
Hail Mary, dawn of the Eucharist!”

Bl Maria Candida of the Eucharist OCD (1884-1949)i want to be like mary, like mary for jesus - 12 june 2018 - bl maria candida of the eucharist

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Quotes of the Day – 15 April – The Third Sunday of Easter Year B “Speaking of the Holy Mass”

Quotes of the Day – 15 April – The Third Sunday of Easter Year B

“Speaking of the Holy Mass”

“Recognise in this bread what hung on the cross
and in this chalice what flowed from His side…
whatever was in many and varied ways
announced beforehand in the sacrifices
of the Old Testament
pertains to this one sacrifice
which is revealed in the New Testament.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctorrecognise in this bread what hung - st augustine - 15 april 2018

“Jesus taught a new sacrifice
which the Church received
from the Apostles and offers
throughout the whole world.”

St Irenaeus (130-202) Father of the Churchjesus taught a new sacrifice - st irenaeus - 15 april 2018

“All the good works in the world
are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
because they are the works of men – 
but the Mass is the work of God.
Martyrdom is nothing in comparison,
for it is but the sacrifice of man to God – 
but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)all the good works in the world are not equal - st john vianney - 15 april 2018

“Many Christians take their time
and have leisure enough in their social life
(no hurry here).
They are leisurely, too, in their professional activities,
at table and recreation (no hurry here either).
But isn’t it strange, how those same Christians.
find themselves in such a rush
and want to hurry the priest,
in their anxiety to shorten the time devoted
to the most holy sacrifice of the altar?

St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975)many christians take their time - st josemaria - 15 april 2018

 

 

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One Minute Reflection – 18 January – The Memorial of St Margaret of Hungary (1242-1270)

One Minute Reflection – 18 January – The Memorial of St Margaret of Hungary (1242-1270)

Just as the Father who has life sent me and I have life because of the Father, so the man who feeds on me will have life because of me...John 6:57john 6 57 - 18 jan 2018

REFLECTION – “The Holy Eucharist, is a fire that purifies and consumes all our miseries and imperfections.   Do everything in your power to make yourself worthy of the Eucharist and this Divine Fire, will take care of the rest.”…St Hyacinth of Mariscotti T.O.R.(1585-1640)the holy eucharist - st hyacinth - 18 jan 2018

PRAYER – Living God, You have given me the Eucharist as my food for heavenly life.   Help me to partake of it often and so be strengthened on my pilgrim journey on earth.   Grant that St Margaret of Hungary, may add us all to her prayers, that by her intercession, we too may learn the true way home.   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.st margaret of hungary - 18 jan 2018

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Thought for the Day – 5 January – The Memorial of St John Neumann (1811-1860) – An Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament

Thought for the Day – 5 January – The Memorial of St John Neumann (1811-1860) – An Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament

St John Nepomucene Neumann (1811–1860), Bishop of Philadelphia from 1852–1860, was graced with an intense devotion to Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.   His personal experience as a boy in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic), then as a priest in the United States and finally as a Redemptorist — a spiritual son of the incomparable Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) (Founder of the Redemptorists and Doctor of the Church) — impelled him to promote prolonged prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance.   No sooner had he become bishop of Philadelphia than he sought to introduce the Quarant’ Ore, or Forty Hours Devotion, already practised for three hundred years in Europe.

The good priests of Philadelphia were, for the most part, opposed to the introduction of the Forty Hours Devotion, fearing that, given the prevailing climate of violent anti-Catholicism nurtured by the Know Nothing Movement, it might exacerbate hostilities against the Church and even expose the Most Holy Sacrament to profanation.

Bishop Neumann had very nearly renounced his project when, overcome by exhaustion late one night, he fell asleep while writing at his desk.   A burning candle ignited the papers lying before him.   He awoke to smoke rising from the incinerated papers.   One document alone remained unscathed;  it was the letter he had written to propose the Forty Hours Devotion.   Bishop Neumann fell to his knees to give thanks for having been preserved from harm and, as he did so, he experienced a kind of locution.   God spoke to him inwardly saying,  “As the flames are burning here without consuming or injuring this writing, so shall I pour out My grace in the Blessed Sacrament without prejudice to My honour.   Therefore, do not fear profanation and do not hesitate any longer to carry out your designs for My glory.”

Convinced by this sign, Bishop Neumann overrode the objections of his clergy and initiated the celebration of the Forty Hours at the First Diocesan Synod of Philadelphia in April 1853.   The Church chosen for the first Forty Hours was that of Saint Philip Neri.   It was the latter saint who had, in fact, introduced the Quarant’ Ore to the city of Rome. Bishop Neumann astonished — and edified — his clergy and faithful by spending the greater part of the three days on his knees before the Blessed Sacrament in Saint Philip Neri Church.   There was no anti-Catholic backlash.   Great crowds of the faithful came, by day and by night, to adore Our Lord exposed to their gaze in the Sacrament of the Altar.

Bishop Neumann carried out his original inspiration by organising the Forty Hours Devotion in the entire diocese of Philadelphia in such a way that each parish would celebrate it in turn during the course of the year.   He edited a booklet to facilitate the worthy celebration of the Quarant’ Ore and secured indulgences for the faithful who would participate in the devotion.   So successful was the Forty Hours in the diocese of Philadelphia that it spread from there to other dioceses of the United States.   In 1866 at the Plenary Council of Baltimore the Forty Hours Devotion was ratified for the whole country.

One of the conclusions of the 2005 Vatican Synod on the Eucharist was the recommendation that the Forty Hours Devotion be reinvigorated and reintroduced everywhere in the Church.   This, of course, is fully consonant with the repeated exhortations to Eucharistic adoration of St Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Saints John and Alphonsus
Saint John Neumann left, among his personal writings, a prayer that, by its language and tenderness, is reminiscent of the outpourings of his spiritual father, Saint Alphonse Liguori, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It reveals something of the soul of Bishop Neumann:

How much do I love You,
O my Jesus!
I wish to love You with my whole heart,
yet I do not love You enough.
I have but one desire,
that of being near You,
in the Blessed Sacrament.
Thou art the sweet Bridegroom of my soul.
My Jesus, my love, my all,
gladly would I endure
hunger, thirst, heat and cold
to remain always with You
in the Blessed Sacrament.
Amenhow much do I love You O my Jesus - st john neumann - prayer to jesus in the holy eucharist - 5 jan 2018- NO 2

ST JOHN NEUMANN, PRAY FOR THE GROWTH OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, PRAY FOR HOLY MOTHER CHURCH, PRAY FOR US ALL!st john neumann - pray for us - 5 jan 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 31 December – Feast of the Holy Family and the Seventh Day of the Octave

Sunday Reflection – 31 December – Feast of the Holy Family and the Seventh Day of the Octave

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.”   And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them and they all drank from it.   And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many..…Mark 14:22-24

The only ritual that Christ asks us to repeat, over and over again, is the Eucharist.
In it we remember Him as broken,
poured out,
empty,
heartbroken,
frightened,
humiliated,
vulnerable,
in anguish.
To celebrate this ritual properly, we need to have in our hearts what Christ has in His at the first Eucharist.
What was He feeling then?

Joy and thanksgiving.   Yes.   LOVE for those at the table with Him.   Surely.  But beyond this, His heart felt anguish, deep longing and fear at the prospect of the pain that was now a certainty before intimacy and community could be achieved.

It would perhaps do all of us good, occasionally when we leave the Eucharist, instead of going to a lively meal with the folks, to go off as Jesus did after the first Eucharist, to a lonely place to have an agony in the garden and to sweat some blood as we ask for strength to drink from the real chalice – the chalice of vulnerability.

Occasionally, when St Augustine handed the Eucharist to a communicant, instead of saying, “the Body of Christ”, he would say, “Receive what you are.”

Augustine had perceived, for whatever reason, that the words of consecration, “this is my body, this is my blood”, are intended more to change the people present, than to change bread and wine.
(Fr R Rolheiser – Light for the World)

Lord Jesus Christ we pray…thank You for abiding with us.
May we always reverence the Holy Eucharist, as Your Real Presence amongst us. Amenthe only ritual - the eucharist - rolheiser - 31 dec 2017

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Thought for the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Thought for the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

The characteristic of St Gertrude’s piety is her devotion to the Sacred Heart, the symbol of that immense charity which urged the Word to take flesh, to institute the Holy Eucharist, to take on Himself our sins and, dying on the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and a sacrifice to the Eternal Father.

Faithful to the mission entrusted to them, the superiors of Helfta appointed renowned theologians, chosen from the Dominican and Franciscan friars, to examine the works of the saint.   These approved and commented them throughout.   In the sixteenth century Lanspergius and Blosius propagated her writings.   The former, who with his confrere Loher spared no pains in editing her works, also wrote a preface to them.   The writings were warmly received especially in Spain and among the long list of holy and learned authorities who used and recommended her works may be mentioned :
—St. Teresa, who chose her as her model and guide,—Yepez—the illustrious Suare,—the Discalced Carmelite Friars of France—St Francis de Sales—M. Oliver—Fr Faber—Dom Gueranger.

The Church has inserted the name of Gertrude in the Roman Martyrology with this eulogy:  “On the 17th of November, in Germany (the Feast) of St Gertrude Virgin, of the Order of St. Benedict, who was illustrious for the gift of revelations.”

Let us run to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, O Come let us Adore Him!

St Gertrude the Great, Pray for us!st gertrude the great - pray for us no 2 - 16 nov 2017my pic - why is the eucharist the sacred heart - 15 june 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 22 October – The Memorial of St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Our Morning Offering – 22 October – The Memorial of St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Thanksgiving for the Eucharist
By St Pope John Paul II

For our paschal lamb,
Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast!
O Christ the Saviour,
we give You thanks
for Your redeeming sacrifice,
the only hope of men!
O Christ the Saviour,
we give You thanks
for the Eucharistic breaking of bread,
which You instituted,
in order to really meet, Your brothers,
in the course of the centuries!
O Christ the Saviour,
put into the hearts of the baptised,
the desire to offer themselves with You
and to commit themselves,
for the salvation of their brothers!
You who are really present
in the Blessed Sacrament,
spread Your blessings abundantly
on Your people…Amenprayer of thanksgiving for the eucharist - st john paul - 22 oct 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorials of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1725-1755)

Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorials of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1725-1755)

“All for the Eucharist
nothing for me.”all for the eucharist - st m m - 16 oct 2017

“Announce it and let it be announced to the whole world,
that I set neither limit nor measure to my gifts of grace,
for those who seek them in my Heart.”
Revelations of Our Lord to St Margaret Mary Alacoqueannounce it and let it be announced - st margaret mary

“The Sacred Heart is the symbol
of that boundless love
which moved the Word to take flesh,
to institute the Holy Eucharist,
to take our sins upon Himself
and, dying on the Cross,
to offer Himself as a victim
and sacrifice to the eternal Father.”the sacred heart is the symbol - st mm - 16 oct 2017

“Let every knee bend before You,
O greatness of my God,
so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.
May every heart love You,
every spirit adore You
and every will be subject to You!

St Margaret Mary Alacoquelet every knee bend before you - st mm 16 oct 2017

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“The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible.
The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.”the most blessed - st gerard - 16 oct 2017

“Who except God can give you peace?
Has the world ever been able
to satisfy the heart?”who except god - st gerard majella - 16 oct 2017

“Consider the shortness of time,
the length of eternity and reflect how everything
here below comes to an end and passes by.
Of what use is it to lean upon that,
which cannot give support? “

St Gerard Majellaconsider - st gerard majella - 16 oct 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

“It is easier for a father to have children
than for children to have a real father.”it is easier - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy.
It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person,
making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness.
These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness,
His Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils…
I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love You more and more.'”every time - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

Holy Mother Church is a home for one and all.
She desires to belong to everyone
and in particular she is the Church of the poor,
like the village fountain”.

St Pope John XXIIIholy mother church is-st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

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Quote/s of the Day- 13 September – The Memorial of St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

Quote/s of the Day – 13 September –  St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

“When you are before the altar where Christ reposes,
you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men;
but believe that there are troops of angels
and archangels standing by you and trembling with respect
before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth.
Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence,
fear and veneration.”when you are before the altar - st john chrysostom

“It is not man that causes the things offered to become
the Body and Blood of Christ but He who was crucified for us,
Christ Himself. The priest, in the role of Christ,
pronounces these words, but their Power and Grace are God’s.
This is my body, He says. This word transforms the things offered.”it is not man that causes - st john chrysostom

“Let us, then, come back from that table like lions breathing out fire,
thus becoming terrifying to the Devil and remaining mindful of our Head
and of the love He has shown for us. . .
This Blood, when worthily received, drives away demons and puts them
at a distance from us, and even summons to us angels and the Lord of angels. . .
This Blood, poured out in abundance, has washed the whole world clean. . .
This is the price of the world;  by it Christ purchased the Church. . .
This thought will check in us unruly passions.
How long, in truth, shall we be attached to present things?
How long shall we remain asleep?
How long shall we not take thought for our own salvation?
Let us remember what privileges God has bestowed on us,
let us give thanks,
let us glorify Him,
not only by faith but also by our very works.”let us then come from that table - st john chrysostom

“Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings.
For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl
and yet bite and devour our brothers and sisters?
The evil speaker eats the flesh of his brother
and bites the body of his neighbour!”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”let the mouth also fast from disgraceful-st john chrysostom

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clare of Assisi

Quote/s of the Day – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clare of Assisi

“He, Christ, is the splendour of eternal glory, “the brightness of eternal light and the mirror without cloud.”
Behold, I say, the birth of this mirror. Behold Christ’s poverty even as he was laid in the manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. What wondrous humility, what marvellous poverty!
The King of angels, the Lord of heaven and earth resting in a manger!
Look more deeply into the mirror and meditate on His humility, or simply on His poverty.
Behold the many labours and sufferings He endured to redeem the human race.
Then, in the depths of this very mirror, ponder His unspeakable love which caused Him to suffer on the wood of the cross and to endure the most shameful kind of death.
The mirror Himself, from His position on the cross, warned passers-by to weigh carefully this act, as He said:
“All of you who pass by this way, behold and see if there is any sorrow like mine.”
Let us answer His cries and lamentations with one voice and one spirit:
“I will be mindful and remember and my soul will be consumed within me.”

Gerard_Seghers_-_St._Clare_and_St._Francis_of_Assisi_in_adoration_before_the_Child_Jesus
Gerard Seghers – St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi in adoration before the Child Jesus.

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.
If we love things, we become a thing.
If we love nothing, we become nothing.
Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ,
rather it means becoming the image of the beloved,
an image disclosed through transformation.
This means we are to become vessels of God’s
compassionate love for others.”

St Clare’s second letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague

we become what we love - st clare

“ Blessed be You, O God, for having created me. ”

St Clare’s Last Words

blessed be you o god - st clare

“Cling to His most sweet Mother,
who carried a Son whom the heavens could not contain;
and yet she carried Him in the little enclosure of her holy womb
and held Him on her virginal lap.”

cling to his most sweet Mother - st clare

“Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him, 
as you desire to imitate Him.
….Totally love Him, Who gave Himself totally for your love.”

“They say that we are too poor
but can a heart which possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?
We should remember this miracle of the Blessed Sacrament when in Church.
Then we will pray with great Faith to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist:
‘Save me, O Lord, from every evil – of soul and body.’”

St Clare of Assisi

gaze upon Him, consider Him - st clare

St Pope John Paul II said of Saint Clare: 

“her whole life was a Eucharist because …
from her cloister she raised up a continual ‘thanksgiving’ to God 
in her prayer, praise, supplication, intercession, weeping, offering and sacrifice. 

She accepted everything from the Father in union with the infinite ‘thanks’ of the only begotten Son.

her whole life was a Eucharist - st john paul

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Julian Eymard “Apostle of the Eucharist”

Quote/s of the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Julian Eymard “Apostle of the Eucharist”

“During the days of His mortal life, Jesus was present in one place only.   He dwelt in one house only.   Few persons were privileged enough to enjoy His presence and listen to His words.   But today in the Blessed Sacrament, He is, we may say, everywhere at one and the same time.   In a way, His humanity shares the prerogative of His divine immensity which fills all things.   Jesus is present in His entirety in an infinite number of temples and in each one of them.   Since all the Christians scattered throughout the world are members of His Mystical Body, it does seem necessary that He, as the soul of it, should be everywhere present throughout the whole body, giving it life, and sustaining it in each one of His members.”

“Have a great love for Jesus in His divine Sacrament of Love;
that is the divine oasis of the desert.
It is the heavenly manna of the traveller.
It is the Holy Ark.
It is the Life and Paradise of love on earth.”

have a great love for jesus in His divine sacrament of love - st peter julian eymard

“When we work hard, we must eat well.
What a joy, that you can receive Holy Communion often!
It’s our life and support in this life – receive Communion often
and Jesus will change you into Himself.”

when we work hard, we must eat well - st peter julian eymard

“Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions.
To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth
when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb,
when she adored Him in the Crib,
on Calvary,
in the divine Eucharist.”

St Peter Julian Eymard

eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions - st peter julian eymard

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One Minute Reflection – 21 July

One Minute Reflection – 21 July

“I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.”………..Matthew 12:6

REFLECTION – “My dear souls, let us recognize, I pray you, Christ’s infinite charity towards us in the institution of this Sacrament of the Eucharist.  In order that our love be a spiritual love, He wills a new heart, a new love, a new spirit for us.  It is not with a carnal heart but with a spiritual one, that Christ has loved us with a gratuitous love, a supreme and most ardent love, by way of pure grace and charity.  Ah!  One needs to love Him back with one’s whole, whole, whole, living, living, living and true, true, true heart!!” …… St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619) Apostolic Doctor

my dear souls - st lawrence of brindisi

PRAYER – Lord God, You bestowed on St Lawrence of Brindisi the spirit of counsel and fortitude, so that Your name might be glorified and souls be saved.  At the intercession of St Lawrence, grant that we may see what we have to do and, in Your mercy give us the strength to do it and the courage, love and charity to persevere.  Grant above all, that by his prayers we may love You above all and with all we are. St Lawrence pray for us, amen.

ST LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI PRAY FOR US

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One Minute Reflection – 18 July

One Minute Reflection – 18 July

Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age……Matthew 28:20

REFLECTION – “For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth:  Christ Himself, our Passover and living bread.   Through His own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, He offers life to men………The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice.”…….St John Paul (Ecclesia de Eucharistia 1 &12)

through his own flesh - st john paul

PRAYER – Lord, let me live each day in joy – for You are with us to end of time.   We have the joy of receiving Your Body and thus we live in You and You in us.   Help us to give thanks and praise for the Holy Mass and Your saving Passion.   St Bruno of Segni, your great love of the Holy Sacrament, led you to zealous efforts to spend your life in growing in others, understanding of the great Eucharistic grace we receive, please pray for us, amen.

st bruno of segni pray for us

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Quote of the Day – 12 July

Quote of the Day – 12 July

“….in the Blessed Sacrament Our Lord Himself is the light which manifests Him as our model and reveals His beauties to us.    He is Himself His light, His means of being known, just as the sun is itself its own proof.   To make Himself known, He has only to show Himself.   Recognition of Him need not come from its being reasoned out.   A child does not have to discourse with himself to recognize his parents.   Our Lord reveals Himself through His presence, just as parents do.   But as we grow to know His voice better and as our hearts become more sympathetic to Him in emptying themselves of what is not Him, our Lord manifests Himself in a clearer and more intimate manner, which only those know, who love Him.   He gives the soul a divine conviction which overshadows the light of human reason.   Look at Magdalene:  one word from Jesus and she recognises Him.   He acts the same way in the Blessed Sacrament:  He says one word only but it rings in our very hearts:  “It is I!….”   We sense His Presence; we believe in it more firmly than if we were to see Him with bodily eyes.”

St Peter Julian Eymard

he is himself his light-st peter julian eymard

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Our Morning Offering – 12 July

Our Morning Offering – 12 July

The Eucharistic Face of Jesus
By Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

O Eucharistic Face of Jesus,
brightness of the glory of my God
and figure of His substance,
I want to spend my life gazing upon You,
to become totally impressionable
so that I might bear Your likeness
and become an effigy of Your countenance.
Through all darkness,
all emptiness,
all powerlessness,
I want to keep my eyes fixed on You
and to remain under Your great light.
O my beloved Sun,
so fascinate me
that I may never be able to leave Your radiance.
Amen

prayer to the eucharistic face of jesus by blessed elizabeth of the Trinity

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Thought for the Day – 10 July

Thought for the Day – 10 July

In today’s gospel reading, (Mt 9:18-26) we read of two different miracles performed by Jesus.    We read of the cure of the woman with a hemorrhage and we read of the raising back to life of the official’s daughter.   While both of these miracles leave us in awe and amazement of God’s power, what is also amazing is the faith of the official and the woman.   Both of them demonstrated an unshakable faith.   Unshakable faith, both the official and the woman had it and because of it they found miraculous cures for insurmountable problems.   May we always remember to look to God for comfort, answers and restoration;  not only when things are good but especially when they seem their worst.   As Christians we are called to have a faith that is unshakable, one that is built upon solid rock, not shifting sand.

“We believe an honourable man on his word.   Why should we put less faith in that of Our Lord?   When a friend desires to prove to his friend that he loves him, he tells him so and he presses his hand affectionately.   When Our Lord wants to show His love for us, He does so in person, discarding the intervention of any third person, whether angelic or human.  Love suffers no intermediate agents.   He remains in the Holy Eucharist that He may repeat to us incessantly: I love you! You must see that I love you!”

St Peter Julian Eymard

our lord wants to show his love for us - st peter julian eymard

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One Minute Reflection – 10 July

One Minute Reflection – 10 July

My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God……….Psalm 84:3

REFLECTION – “To adore Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament is first of all to acknowledge Him truly, really and substantially present therein by the humble sentiment of a lively and spontaneous faith:  humbly surrendering our feeble reason to the divinity of this sublime Mystery; asking neither to see or touch, like the unbelieving Apostle, before accepting the truth of Jesus Hostia;  merely waiting, to prostrate ourselves at His feet, for the infallible and gentle word of the Church telling us like Saint John the Baptist:  ‘Look, this is the Lamb of God; look, this is He who takes away the sin of the world.’ …………………..St Peter Julian Eymard

PRAYER – Living God, let me desire to see You as often as possible and make use of evey opportunity to visit You and to attend Holy Mass. Grant that I may live in such a way, atoning here on earth for the sins against Your Eucharistic Heart and that I may gain the blessed vision of You in the Holy Eucharist here and now and one day attain the joy of seeing You in Heaven. Amen

PSALM 84 3 - look this is the lamp of god - st p j eymard

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One Minute Reflection – 9 July

One Minute Reflection – 9 July

Because the loaf of (Eucharist) bread is one,
we, many though we are,
are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf…………1 Cor 10:17

1 cor 10 17

REFLECTION – “In the Eucharist, all is love. Jesus comes to us and dwells in us.
In doing so, He teaches us how we are to love one another.”………….St Augustine (354-430)

in the eucharist all is love - st augustine

PRAYER – Most loving Father, grant that every Eucharistic Celebration may unit me more closely to Your Divine Son. May it also unite me to all Christians and help me to show greater love for them every day. St Veronica Giuliani, you truly experienced total and supreme love in Holy Communion, pray for us that we might come to understand this immense and ineffable love of our Saviour for us all, as He becomes our food of life, amen.

st veronica giuliani - pray for us

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Quote/s of he Day – 4 July

Quote/s of he Day – 4 July

“I urge you with all the strength of my soul
to approach the Eucharistic Table as often as possible.
Feed on this Bread of the Angels, from which you will draw,
the strength to fight inner struggles.”

“Verso l’alto,”

“To the Heights”

Blessed Pier Giorgio’s famous motto, “Verso l’alto,” Italian for “To the heights,” meant reaching for God as well as the mountain peaks.  His regular habit was to attend Mass before heading to the mountains and of visiting the Blessed Sacrament upon his return. He loved the Eucharist.  He would often spend whole nights in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

to the heights - bl pier

“You ask me whether I am in good spirits.
How could I not be so?
As long as Faith gives me strength, I will always be joyful.
Sadness ought to be banished from Catholic souls…
the purpose for which we have been created shows us the path;
even if strewn with many thorns, it is not a sad path.
It is joyful even in the face of sorrow.”

you ask me whether - bl pier

Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 June – Memorial of St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) Father and Doctor

Quote/s of the Day – 27 June – Memorial of St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) Father and Doctor

“He who receives Communion is made holy and divinised in soul and body
in the same way that water, set over a fire, becomes boiling…
Communion works like yeast that has been mixed into dough
so that it leavens the whole mass;
…Just as by melting two candles together you get one piece of wax,
so, I think, one who receives the Flesh and Blood of Jesus
is fused together with Him by this Communion
and the soul finds that he is in Christ and Christ is in him.”

as two pieces of wax-st cyril of alexandria

“Indeed the mystery of Christ runs the risk
of being disbelieved – precisely because
it is so incredibly wonderful.”

indeed the mystery of christ - st cyril of alexandria

“It is like employing a small tool on big constructions,
if we use human wisdom
in the hunt for knowledge of reality.”

“Our Saviour went to the wedding feast
to make holy the origins of human life.”

our saviour went to the edding feast-st cyril of alexandria

ST CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA

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Quote of the Day – 17 June

Quote of the Day – 17 June

“To keep me from sin and straying from Him,
God has used devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament.
My life vows destined to be spent
in the light irradiating from the tabernacle
and it is to the Heart of Jesus that I dare go
for the solution of all my problems,”

– Pope John XXIII

to keep me from sin - st pope john xxIII

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Thought for the Day – 16 June

Thought for the Day – 16 June

“How consoling it is to think that in the very moment of the Eucharist’s eternal birth I was present to the mind of God and He foreknew the number of times I would allow Him to come to me in Holy Communion;   that, even then, His tender love thankfully appreciated my hospitality, as if not I, a miserable creature of one day but He Himself were to be the favoured beneficiary.

“It was in the beginning . . . ” What, then, will be the duration of His “eucharistic life”?

Christ’s eucharistic life will last till the consummation of the world because until then will men have to eat His flesh to have life everlasting.   When He said to His Apostles: “Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world,” He doubtlessly meant not only His divine and spiritual presence and His moral assistance but also His eucharistic presence.

His enemies may refuse Him rights they would not deny even the lowest pariah, imprisoning Him within the narrow limits of His temples;   they may subject Him to the most abominable outrages, thereby making His mystic passion in the Eucharist in some way exterior and visible.   Those who call themselves His friends may multiply the traitor’s kiss, deny Him and His works and abandon Him who showered upon them the tokens of His love.   But Jesus will stay.   His promise and His love keep Him enchained.   As long as there will be on earth a tear to wipe away, a sorrow to share and a sinful man in need of His expiatory sacrifice, the Eucharist will continue to pulsate in the silence of our tabernacles.”

“The Holy Eucharist” by Fr Jose Guadalupe Trevino

but jesus will stay - fr jose guadalupe trevino - the holy eucharist

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Thought for the Day – 15 June

Thought for the Day – 15 June

Why is the Sacred Heart the Holy Eucharist?

It is impossible to identify the Holy Eucharist too closely with Jesus Christ.   We should remember He is in the Holy Eucharist not merely with His substance.   I have corrected many of my students over the years who tell me “Transubstantiation means that the substance of bread and wine become the substance of Jesus Christ.” I reply, “No, transubstantiation means the substance of bread and wine are no longer there. The substance of bread and wine is replaced not only by the substance of Christ’s Body and Blood. What replaces the substance of bread and wine is Jesus Christ!” Everything that makes Christ, Christ replaces what had been the substance of bread and wine.   The substance of bread and wine become the whole Christ.

Therefore, Christ in the Holy Eucharist is here with His human heart.   Is it a living heart?   Yes! That is why the revelations our Lord made to St. Margaret Mary about promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart were all made from the Holy Eucharist.

Why do we equate the Sacred Heart with the Holy Eucharist?   Because the Holy Eucharist is the whole Christ with His human heart.   According to St. Margaret Mary, the Sacred Heart is the Holy Eucharist.   So it follows that devotion to the Sacred Heart is devotion to the Holy Eucharist.   It is infinite Love Incarnate living in our midst in the Blessed Sacrament.

Servant of God Fr John A Hardon SJ

why is the sacred heart the Holy Eucharist - fr john a hardon