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So, You Just Received Jesus…Now What? [Catholic Caucus]
FollowtheTruth.com ^ | Oct 15th, 2011 | Gary Zimak.

Posted on 10/30/2011 11:57:54 AM PDT by Salvation

So, You Just Received Jesus…Now What?

by Gary Zimak

I’m sad to admit that, over the course of my life as a cradle Catholic, I have received Our Lord in Holy Communion many times and didn’t have too much to say to Him.  It’s understandable, isn’t it?  There are lots of important things to do after receiving Communion: we have to look around the church and see how many people we know, we have to plan what we’re going to do after Mass and let’s not forget that we have to read the parish bulletin to see if we’re having coffee and donuts after Mass.  With all of these distractions, it’s easy to forget that we received the Lord and Savior of the Universe into our very bodies in a foretaste of the Heavenly banquet! 

While I’m obviously using sarcasm to make a point, it really can be difficult to keep our focus after receiving Holy Communion.  Since the Church teaches that there are infinite graces available after we receive Jesus, however, this isn’t the best time to become distracted.  But what can we do?  In reality, there is a simple acronym that help you to better focus on speaking to Our Lord after receiving Him in Holy Communion.  The acronym?

A.C.T.S.

Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication.  Generally accepted as the four types of prayer, this acronym is hardly a secret.  What is not well known, however, is the effectiveness of  using this method immediately after receiving Holy Communion.  My wife, Eileen, has used it for years and finds it very helpful for collecting her thoughts after receiving the Eucharist.  After trying it myself, I can see why she likes it …it works!  Here’s an example of just how simple this method of prayer can be:

Adoration – Lord Jesus, I bow down before You and give you glory.  I adore and love You and acknowledge Your power over all areas of my life.  I ask my Blessed Mother, Mary, to supplement my feeble prayers and give You the proper adoration and praise of which You are so deserving.

Contrition – I am sorry that MY sins caused You to die a painful death on the cross.  Please forgive me, Jesus, for the times that I’ve failed to “do the right thing”.  Have mercy on me, a poor sinner.

Thanksgiving – Lord, I give You thanks for the many blessings in my life: my family, my job, my house, my friends.  I thank You for the gift of the Catholic Church and her clear and infallible teachings.  I thank You for the Sacraments which give me the grace that I need to lead a good and holy life, especially for the gift of Your Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

Supplication- Please help me, Lord.  I am a sinner who is struggling to be good.  I know that I can’t do it alone and I ask for your help.  Allow me to receive all of the graces possible from this reception of the Eucharist.  Help me to love You more and grant me an increase in faith, hope and charity.  I ask You to pour out Your blessing on my family and friends and those who have asked for my prayers.

Why not try it for yourself and see what happens?  The next time you receive Jesus in Holy Communion, close your eyes (the first step in avoiding distractions) and think of “A.C.T.S”.  Go through the letters, one by one, and speak from your heart.  I predict that you’ll find yourself getting closer to Jesus than you ever thought possible!



TOPICS: Apologetics; History; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: acts; catholic; eucharist; prayer; realpresence
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1 posted on 10/30/2011 11:57:56 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Catholic Ping!


2 posted on 10/30/2011 12:00:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I like it, and I am going to try it next time/

Adpratopm. contrition, thanksgiving, supplication.

Excellent acronym. I had never heard it put exactly that way before. learn something new every day.


3 posted on 10/30/2011 12:18:21 PM PDT by Judith Anne (HolyMary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death)
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To: Judith Anne

Hey, when you stop learning something new everyday, they say you are six feet under!

Give thanks for life!

God bless.

(Used to be one of my husband’s jokes.)


4 posted on 10/30/2011 12:27:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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5 posted on 10/30/2011 12:30:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

May He always less you too, FRiend.


6 posted on 10/30/2011 12:31:13 PM PDT by Judith Anne (HolyMary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death)
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To: Salvation

duh, Bless!


7 posted on 10/30/2011 12:32:00 PM PDT by Judith Anne (HolyMary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death)
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To: Salvation

Wonderful post, as always. Thank you.


9 posted on 10/30/2011 12:45:14 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: Salvation

I guess I’ve always had these thoughts in my head when I pray afterwards, but seeing it in writing really helps. Thanks!


11 posted on 10/30/2011 12:53:21 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Salvation

Thank you, Salvation. Well written, and well said. These last few months, I’ve begun attending a midday Mass on my lunch break. I’ve noticed that while I find no end of what I want to say in prayer afterward the Blessed Sacrament, it’s sometimes difficult to go back to work, especially since the parish in question has Adoration from the end of Mass until late afternoon. But, to be honest, that’s a conundrum I am happy to have. ;)


12 posted on 10/30/2011 1:05:31 PM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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14 posted on 10/30/2011 1:34:19 PM PDT by narses (what you bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and what you loose upon earth, shall be ..)
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To: Salvation

This is brilliant! Thanks!


15 posted on 10/30/2011 1:52:39 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Salvation

Wouldn’t one want to emphasize contrition before receiving Communion, rather than afterward?

The Baltimore Catechism said:
1. Thank Jesus for coming to you;
2. Tell Him how much you love Him;
3. Ask Him to help you;
4. Pray for others.

On Sundays when I’m not leading the choir, after the first three steps, I watch the people going past me and pray for their individual needs, as far as I know them.


16 posted on 10/30/2011 2:05:18 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Dan, is that your eyeball on the floor?)
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To: Judith Anne

One of our priests mentioned this acronym during a homily as a way to make a perfect prayer but I love the idea of doing it after Communion.


17 posted on 10/30/2011 3:24:56 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: Salvation

I love the Anima Christi after Communion.

We receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in the Eucharist and that prayer says it all.

Also, the time after Communion is so short that if one is a EM, one has very little time to pray before the end of Mass. Following Mass there are the tasks that must be done in preparation for the next Mass.

I find the acronym handy for personal time spent in prayer whether at home, at Adoration or before Mass.


18 posted on 10/30/2011 3:39:09 PM PDT by Jvette
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This Religion Forum thread is labeled “Catholic Caucus” meaning if you are not currently, actively Catholic then do not post on this thread.


19 posted on 10/30/2011 4:48:59 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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Sorry, I didn’t know that.


20 posted on 10/30/2011 5:01:24 PM PDT by PapaNew
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Just to be clear, I am a practicing Catholic. But if only practicing Catholics can post on the thread, how does that assist us in carrying out the Great Commission? Just asking.


21 posted on 10/31/2011 7:01:27 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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22 posted on 10/31/2011 8:55:31 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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Well, that doesn’t answer why they can’t even post. Besides, you might get a practicing Catholic like Ted Kennedy posting stuff that is in opposition to the catechism


23 posted on 10/31/2011 9:40:37 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Salvation

On Sundays,I have to say a quick prayer, because I am in adult choir and do a meditation song. Even a brief “thank-you God/Jesus” is good enough.


24 posted on 11/03/2011 8:37:20 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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