We are to love God and, allowing Him to do with us as He pleases, we are to love God obediently. When God came into the world, He came as Scripture tells us, obedient first of all to His Father's Will; then, as a Child and through His growing manhood, He was obedient to His mother Mary and to Joseph. In the Eucharist, too, He is totally submissive. The moment a duly ordained priest pronounces the words of Consecration, Jesus Christ comes down on the altar, He obeys. This is our faith. And perhaps this is the hardest lesson to learn, to love God obediently. It means, as we know, obeying God not only interiorly or according to our own understanding or interpretation of God's Will, it means obeying God as that divine Will is explained and interpreted for us by His very fallible and weak human creatures.
posted on 12/21/2006 1:47:32 PM PST
To: Salvation; Pyro7480; jo kus; bornacatholic; Campion; NYer; Diva; RobbyS; Running On Empty; SuzyQ
Love wants to show that it loves. It is not satisfied with sentiments or words. Love wants to prove its love in deeds; better, it wants to show its love in pain. Love wants to be near the one it loves, to be united with the one it loves. All of this is hidden behind the mystery of the Eucharist, made possible by the mystery of Christmas, because these two mysteries are really one. The Eucharist is merely an extension, a continuation, of what happened 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. Because Mary gave birth to the Son of God, we now have the Flesh of the Son of God near us, with us, and when we receive Him in Communion, within us.
posted on 12/21/2006 1:49:57 PM PST
("Above all gifts that Christ gives his beloved is that of overcoming self"St Francis Assisi)
posted on 12/21/2006 1:50:52 PM PST
(Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
"The only ultimate reason for Bethlehem is Jerusalem; the only reason in God's mind for becoming a Child was so that He might, as man, die on the Cross."
Sort of a bizarre remark, at least to my Orthodox ears. But then again, as my Metropolitan once observed, The Church in the West is the Church of the Passion and Crucifixion, that of the East, of the Resurrection.
posted on 12/21/2006 3:51:31 PM PST
(Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
What is the fact of the Eucharist? It is that the same Jesus Who was born on earth not only became man but remains man
The sad thing is that the people that swallow this pill won't even check the bible to see if it's true...And it isn't...
it means obeying God as that divine Will is explained and interpreted for us by His very fallible and weak human creatures.
One would thinks statements like this would open the eyes of many Catholics...The same weak humans invented Islam, the Morman Church, Jehovah Witnesses, etc...
posted on 12/21/2006 7:15:31 PM PST
(Anybody tired??? I have a friend who says "Come unto me, and I'll give you rest"...)
Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit Him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.
-- St. John Bosco
posted on 12/23/2006 7:30:00 AM PST
(†With God all things are possible.†)
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