One of the many channels that can be utilized to augment our faith, devotion, and love for the greatest of all Sacraments, the most Holy Eucharist, is by reading and meditating upon key Biblical passages, both in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament. The Old Testament presents symbols or what Bible scholars term Types, Biblical Typology of references or allusions to the Eucharist that become a reality in the New Testament. In other words, what is present in hidden, mysterious, and symbolic form in the Old Testament breaks out in transparent Truth in the New Testament.… Read more
It is hard to suffer, none of us really like to suffer, nor do we look forward to suffering! Nonetheless, being human, suffering is both inevitable and unpredictable, as well as unavoidable! Young or old, man or woman, poor or rich, in season and out of season—there is a constant: the difficult and demanding reality of human suffering!
According to both Aristotle and Saint Thomas Aquinas—the greatest Greek philosopher and the greatest Catholic Theologian and thinker—suffering is neither good nor bad; it is neutral, you might say. It all depends upon the way we perceive suffering and react to it. … Read more
Jesus said: “Blessed are the pure of heart; for they will see God.” (Mt 5:8) Therefore, if we truly desire to contemplate the Face of God in this life and for all eternity, we must strive to attain that very demanding virtue of purity, the virtue of chastity. In whatever state of life we have chosen, we all must strive, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, for this daily self-mastery of our passions, this control over the demanding impulses of the flesh, this conquering of the animal nature of our fallen human nature.
This being said, let … Read more
If you have ever had the chance to contemplate a diamond exposed to the brilliant light of the sun, God’s wonderful, varied, unique, and illuminating Presence can break upon you.
GOD IS BEAUTY. Among the numerous attributes we ascribe to God is His marvelous beauty. In fact, the beauty of all creation—the sun, the sky, the clouds, the stars at night, the meadows decked with countless flowers, the majestic mountains in their grandeur and magnificence, the soft and gentle rain fall, the morning dew on the grass, the silent descent of the first snowflakes, the brisk Fall wind—all of these … Read more
We should strive to grow in our love for Jesus who is truly Present in the most Holy Eucharist and this should be a life-time pursuit! Our conversion of heart, our sanctification, our interior peace and joy, our final perseverance in grace, depends on Jesus and He is truly and substantially present in the consecrated Host—in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
The following are concrete actions that we can take to fortify our love for the greatest of all Lovers, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the … Read more