Skip to comments.The Real Presence: Christ in the Eucharist, Introduction to the Eucharist,[Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Posted on 03/08/2014 9:03:10 AM PST by Salvation
"Let us devote ourselves entirely to knowing God. The more we know Him, the more we want to know Him. Since love is generally measured by knowledge, the deeper and more extensive the knowledge, the greater will be the love. And if our love is great, we will love Him equally in pain and consolation." - Brother Lawrence
From the book "Practice of the Presence of God", translated by Salvatore Sciruba, OCD
"As Sacrifice, Christ pours down his blessings of mercy on the whole human race every time that Mass is offered."
"As Communion, he feeds our souls with his love, so that we might love him in return."
"As Presence, Christ confers grace on a sinful world just because he is in the tabernacle."
O my child, son of the Cross and of my Heart: your father and mother may fail you, but I will never abandon you!
Even at my death I did not leave my children orphans, for day and night they can find me on their altars.
With the tenderness and gentleness of a thousand mothers, the Last Supper came to sweeten the bitterness of Calvary; for I knew that in the Holy Eucharist you would always have with you a father and a mother, and would never be alone while on earth...
And, therefore, although my Passion caused me excessive sufferings, yet I found consolation and relief in the thought that I was to leave myself to you in the Holy Eucharist.
I wished, my beloved child, that my body, which was crushed under the burden of the cross, and my blood, which was shed for all mankind, should be, within the Sacrament, your consolation and joy.
I wished it... my dearly beloved child. In those supreme moments of indescribable anguish, the thought that you would be happy in the possession of the Holy Eucharist increased my strength during My passion, and lessened My fear. And that is why the Institution of this Holy Sacrament immediately preceded My greatest sufferings.
It could not be otherwise, my dearly beloved child, than that the thought of always living by your side would lessen and alleviate My sufferings.
It was this thought that caused me to sing the song of thanksgiving with joy as I walked with my Apostles to the Garden of Olives. And during the painful moments of my Passion, I had continually before my mind those sweet hopes which had been with me during the Last Supper.
When my body was being scourged cruelly... and when my blood was pouring on the ground, I rejoiced, my dearly beloved son. I rejoiced at being ground like wheat in the mill and pressed like grapes in the winepress, thus making myself the bread and the wine to nourish you at the Eucharistic banquet.
Before death had taken me away from men, I had disposed and arranged to multiply my life upon their altars.
Do you not see then my child, that even in dying I have not left you as an orphan; for every day and at every moment of the day, from one end of the world to the other, these words of my Priests rise to Heaven: "This is My Body. This is My Blood"; and I rejoice at being a constant victim for love of you.
O Jesus, O my beloved Jesus! O Jesus hidden here beneath these Sacramental veils! Grant that at every moment of my life I may return gratitude and love to you for your great love for me!
O Mary, my Mother, our Lady of the Eucharist! Help me to offer thanks to Jesus, and always to prepare myself perfectly to receive Him with a love like yours. Amen.
Lenten Series Ping!
I am generally not one to ask others for prayers as I always turn direct to God and ask for myself. But I am about to enter one of the biggest battles with satan I have ever encountered and welcome any prayerful petitions placed on my behalf.
It’s difficult as the bigger the battle, the weaker I must be in order to allow the Holy Spirit to fully work through me. Over twenty five years ago I was told this battle would happen in my life. I’m facing it right now.
Thank you all for your prayers. May the Light of our Lord shine upon you and give you peace.
I’d be happy to include you in my prayers. A separate prayer thread might be better, though.
“separate prayer thread might be better”
A few prayers from the right people are worth a thousand from those who are not God focused. I feel this thread will draw more of the right people’s prayers and I do not wish to elevate myself to the level of a separate thread.
Trust in God. Relax as HE is with you.
Will ask Bishop Fulton Sheen to intercede on your behalf.
Prayers and God’s blessings for you.
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