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Vatican tries to revive Eucharistic adoration
Christian Century ^ | June 16, 2011 | Francis X. Rocca

Posted on 06/16/2011 12:24:16 PM PDT by NYer

VATICAN CITY (RNS) For seven centuries, Eucharistic adoration -- praying before an exposed consecrated Communion host -- was one of the most popular forms of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, the focus of beloved prayers and hymns and a distinctive symbol of Catholic identity.

Following the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the practice fell from favor, especially in Europe and the U.S. But over the last decade, under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the church has strongly encouraged a revival of the practice.

"No one eat this flesh, if he has not adored it before; for we sin if we do not adore," Benedict said, quoting St. Augustine, in a 2009 speech at the Vatican.

Next week (June 20-24), the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome will host an academic conference on Eucharistic adoration, where the speakers will include six prominent cardinals, focusing on the rediscovery of the practice.

At the same time, however, some theologians object to adoration as outdated and unnecessary, and warn that it can lead to misunderstandings and undo decades of progress in educating lay Catholics on the meaning of the sacrament.

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, said Eucharistic adoration by the laity originated in the 13th century as a substitute for receiving Communion at Mass. 

At the same time, he said, the church often encouraged a believer's sense of "personal unworthiness" to receive the sacrament -- which Catholics believe to be the body of Christ -- so many resorted to so-called "ocular communion" instead.

Eucharistic adoration was also used as a teaching tool to reaffirm the doctrine of the "real presence" of Christ in the Eucharist, said the Rev. Richard P. McBrien, a noted theologian at the University of Notre Dame.

For instance, McBrien said, devotion grew during the 16th- and 17th-century Counter-Reformation, in response to the arguments of some Protestant Reformers that the Eucharist was merely a symbol, not the actual body of Christ.

In the days when priests celebrated Mass in Latin with minimal participation by the congregation, the hymns and prayers associated with adoration gave lay Catholics an opportunity for public worship, Irwin said.

Liturgical reforms after Vatican II greatly increased the laity's participation at Mass, which Irwin said satisfied the "felt need for participation in public prayer." Irwin called that an "underlying reason" for the practice's decline.

In his final encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (2003), John Paul decried the rise of a "very reductive understanding of the Eucharistic Mystery" that discourages adoration. He and Benedict have unambiguously endorsed the practice.

In 2005, according to Vatican statistics, there were about 2,500 chapels around the world -- including 1,100 in the U.S. -- that offered so-called "perpetual" round-the-clock adoration. Many other parishes now offer "holy hours," when the consecrated host is exposed for silent prayer or for services that include readings and hymns.

Adoration is also central to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, one of the church's most dynamic and fast-growing movements, especially in the developing world.

American college students have proven particularly receptive to the revival of Eucharist adoration. Catholic University's student chapel regularly draws 150 or more to its two weekly holy hours of adoration, according to the campus chaplain, the Rev. Jude DeAngelo.

"There is somewhat more of an intimacy" in prayer before the exposed host, says Brett Garland, a CUA undergraduate from Ohio who's majoring in theology and religious studies. "There's a difference, too, because you know others have come there for that same reason. It's a call to prayer."

Adoration appeals because it facilitates a "passive spiritual experience," said Adam Wilson, a spokesman for the Virginia-based Cardinal Newman Society. "It's a place where our Lord reaches out to the person, with the person having to do nothing but be present to our Lord," Wilson said.

The Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes a traditional sense of religious identity at Catholic colleges and universities, has sponsored a traveling campus exhibition on "Eucharistic Miracles" and recently released an online video promoting adoration among college students.

It is also appealing, Irwin said, as an "external manifestation of a unique Catholic identity," much like other traditional practices that have regained popularity, such as meatless Fridays.

Irwin also noted adoration's appeal to a growing number of divorced and remarried Catholics, who are forbidden to receive Communion but may participate in adoration. In addition, parishes that lack full-time priests are able to offer adoration as a form of communal worship in lieu of Mass.

McBrien acknowledged that some Catholics find adoration "spiritually enriching," but said many liturgists see it is a "step back into the Middle Ages."

"It distorts the meaning of the Eucharist," McBrien said. "It erodes the communal aspect, and it erodes the fact that the Eucharist is a meal. Holy Communion is something to be eaten, not to be adored."

For that reason, McBrien said, the practice should be "tolerated but not encouraged."



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To: frogjerk
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Fr. Richard McBrien Claims that a future Pope must overturn the infallible document disallowing women "priests" (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis).
Fr. Richard McBrien Says, among other things, that Jesus did not establish the Catholic Church, and calls into question the virginal conception of Jesus and the perpetual virginity of Our Lady, and promotes dissent.
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51 posted on 06/16/2011 3:23:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Some one point to where it says inthe bible that you must ‘adore’ the Eucharist before you “do this in memory of me”

This is all made up ceremony. It is silly


52 posted on 06/16/2011 3:42:18 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Never met him nor have I been there. I just hear my mom complain that not many churches have adoration. Now I know why.

I’ll be in Jtown this weekend. I’ll be hitting the Saturday mass @ OMOS.


53 posted on 06/16/2011 3:46:14 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: NYer

This is rather long. I apologize. A lot of things came into my head as I was typing and I wanted to get them out. Given how much I respect your knowledge and opinion I figured it was worth diving into these things. I went ahead and posted it publicly in case anyone else wanted to chime in or in the hopes that others may benefit from our discussion. Most of this is not directly relevant to the article posted above. I apologize.

No, we are not an Anglican Ordinariate. At least not that I am aware, and I think that’s something that would be pretty clear. I’m in the Fort Worth diocese, apparently known best for Bishop Iker and his ongoing tussle with PB Schori. We’re amongst the masses that decided we had tolerated enough of the nonsense of the Episcopal Church of the USA and realigned under the Province of the Southern Cone and are affiliated with the ACNA.

Long story short, I don’t know what it means for the future of our parish and our diocese, but I know where I stand. And I know what I believe.

I believe you provided me with a long and in-depth link regarding ecumenism and similar material, and I was supposed to get back to you on it. I don’t think I ever did. Honestly, it was way over my head and I am still trying to make sense of all of it. The material in your post, the one to which I am responding, is much more manageable for my limited experience. Even still, I’m not sure how it applies to me.

As comes up in many of the Catholic Caucus threads, and elsewhere, I consider myself a staunch supporter of the Roman Catholic Church and all such Catholic churches, including the Orthodox traditions. It just happens that I was Baptized and Confirmed by Anglican clergy rather than Roman Rite. I don’t know what the situation is with our diocese or parish and the Ordinariate thing that’s going on, or the apparent mass migration of many Anglicans. What I do know is that I have never been so sure of a person’s dedication to God, Christ, the Church and the Word as I am of Bishop Iker and Fr. Reed. If they swim the Tiber- I believe that’s the saying- then I guess I will too. If they don’t we’ll just have to see what God has in store for me.

To this day I struggle with the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. I don’t consider the history of the Anglican Church to be spotless or without its faults, especially considering the popular notion of why there IS an Anglican Church. But I also know the Church in general, including all its many parts, has hiccups throughout history. More to the point, I struggle with what the history of our Church means for ME and my relationship to the many parts. And frankly, I never expect to get a satisfactory resolution to my problem. So, instead, I just do the best I can.

I was aware of the idea that all those many parts comprise the “Catholic Church,” especially given that Catholic is a fancy word for “universal,” or something to that effect. I also know that the Anglican Communion was born out of the culture of schismatic thought that was so prevalent during the era of the reformation.

Still, I’m always stuck on the issue of “Apostolic Succession” and what it means for ME in regards to taking the Eucharist at any given Mass. Obviously I recognize our clergy and their Holy Orders. Obviously I recognize our liturgy. And obviously I believe that the consecration of the Host is valid. If I didn’t recognize these things then I would be wrong to take Eucharist at our parish and to have been Baptized, Confirmed and Married there. So, how do I reconcile this with the idea that only those Baptized by clergy within the line of Apostolic Succession may take Eucharist at Roman Catholic (and other such) Mass? In theory, I should be just fine to take Communion. Of course, that’s not the popular thought amongst many Roman Catholics I know, so out of respect I politely refrain from taking the Eucharist.

Right now that’s not a big issue. It doesn’t matter so much if I refrain from taking Communion at a Roman Catholic Church, since I almost never find myself attending Mass at a Roman rite parish. I live within walking distance of the parish, so I have a convenient place to attend Mass. The problem I will face comes in my near future, as I will be joining the Army and have no idea if I will be stationed somewhere with reliable access to a parish in communion with the ACNA or the Anglican Communion. I refuse to attend Mass at an Episcopal Church as I cannot abide the heresy PB Schori is implementing. I guess my views on this would border on Donatism (something I only recently learned of), but I cannot conceive of attending Mass in a church that supports the claim that Christ’s divinity is “irrelevant” and welcomes any and every challenge to the teachings of the Church.

So where do I go? If there is an ACNA parish nearby then I’m set. If there’s not then I am left with few options. I’ll gladly attend Mass at a Roman Catholic parish, but the problem of taking the Eucharist arises. My views on the Apostolic Succession issue don’t outweigh my driving need to respect the traditions and wishes of the Roman Catholic Church- that is to say that I should not take the Eucharist there because I was not Baptized by RCC clergy. Maybe I missed something important that you said, maybe I’m safe to take it for all the reasons I listed. You’ll have to correct me if I have this wrong. But my understanding of the matter is sorely weighed down by years of an outsider’s understanding.

Regardless, I go back to what I said in my original post. As someone who is not a member of the Roman Catholic Church, who was not Baptized or Confirmed by RCC clergy, and is newly entered in a non-RCC Catholic tradition, it boggles my mind that I have a greater respect for the traditions of the Church than an actual priest.

Sorry this was so long. I’m verbose and have a lot on my mind.


54 posted on 06/16/2011 3:56:21 PM PDT by HushTX (I make libs rage quit.)
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To: NYer
step back into the Middle Ages

Not a moment too soon.

55 posted on 06/16/2011 5:48:39 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Mr. K

No, it isn’t silly.

If Jesus were to walk in front of you right now, would you fall to your knees and adore him?

Well, Jesus is full present in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar. And I will fall to my knees whether you like it or not.

Woe to those who do not respect the Lord.


56 posted on 06/16/2011 5:52:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mr. K
If I were to give you something and say that the thing I give you is not what it appears to be, would you not look?

And if I then say: "This is the body of Christ broken for you" and you believe me, wouldn't you adore your Savior?

The Protestants who question the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist have no faith in Him, and so we look silly to them. No surprise there:

the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him (1 Cor 2:14)

57 posted on 06/16/2011 6:16:02 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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58 posted on 06/16/2011 6:21:30 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: NYer
I was healed of a non-threatening but quite distressing phyical problem during prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on the Vigil of Pentecost. I just knew then that "the power of God was on Him to heal," and receiving Communion the next morning was the kicker.

No recurrence in five days - and it's been a tough week! - after having this problem every day since early May.

59 posted on 06/16/2011 6:24:56 PM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: cthemfly25
time with our Eucharistic Lord; time spent in worship and adoration; time spent telling Him our problems and seeking answers. Through this deeply intimate form of adoration you learn to see how the Lord answers our prayers; you grow in discernment seeing His goodness in things not before recognized.

Beautifully said.. I was able to spend more this week at Adoration and it's the only way for me to find peace and answers in these troubled times

60 posted on 06/16/2011 7:34:13 PM PDT by stfassisi ((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
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To: ArrogantBustard

The Holy Spirit is incredible. You can read or hear a bit of scripture over and over again and then BAM! You get a new perspective on things. I really look forward to those moments.


61 posted on 06/16/2011 7:40:03 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: NYer

I often reflect at Mass that if we really focus on what we are receiving when we are in the line to receive the Eucharist, most of us would crawl forward on our bellies, overcome with awe.


62 posted on 06/16/2011 7:44:28 PM PDT by Melian ("I can't spare this [wo]man; [s]he fights!" (Apologies to Abe Lincoln) Go, Sarah!)
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To: Salvation

“Well, Jesus is full present in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar. “

Afraid not. He is present in you, not the mere Bread and Cup. When that wafer is made, it is not Jesus Christ until a properly ordained man declares it to be so. The wine does not become Jesus’ blood until a properly ordained man declares it to be so.

It’s all dependent on proper credentials as determined by the church. Don’t drag God into it. He is irrelevant.


63 posted on 06/16/2011 7:50:33 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: NYer

This weekend at my parish.


64 posted on 06/16/2011 8:17:05 PM PDT by Barnacle (Is treason a high crime or misdemeanor?)
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To: Salvation

AMEN Sister!!!!


65 posted on 06/16/2011 8:20:54 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: AppyPappy

I don’t think you have a concrete grasp of the concept of transubstantiation. The act of “declaration” neither causes or changes anything. It is not some form of “ritual magic”. As some one once said, you have the emphasis on the wrong sy-LA-ble.


66 posted on 06/16/2011 9:06:34 PM PDT by thane1944
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To: NYer

McBrien again. As if he spoke with any authority. What he really means is that the idea of the Real Presence is a medieval survival and he doesn’t believe in it either. Is any mass he says valid?


67 posted on 06/16/2011 9:47:21 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: AppyPappy

But Christ is God — the second person of the Holy Trinity. I’m not understanding your post at all.


68 posted on 06/16/2011 9:54:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: frogjerk

And it was simply not so. Congregations were focused on what was happening as much as today. What was striking —amd memorable—was that before the consecration there was often rustling and coughing, but then as the bells sounded, a palpable silence descended on the Church. For awhile is was as if they were not there. I once heard a cryingchild suddenly quiet, turneed to see what the mother was doing, but she was doing nothing. The child wasm simply reacting to the sudden hush.

Nowadays in much churches, there is so much noise, far too much music.


69 posted on 06/16/2011 9:58:33 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: NYer
"It distorts the meaning of the Eucharist," McBrien said. "It erodes the communal aspect, and it erodes the fact that the Eucharist is a meal. Holy Communion is something to be eaten, not to be adored."

What a maroon! People who tend to spend time in Eucharistic Adoration are also the people who attend Mass, and receive Eucharist on a regular basis. They have no desire to remove themselves from the communal aspect of the Church.

McBrien doesn't like them, because they are a threat to his liberal notions for the Catholic Church. He sees all that he's stood for in the last 40 years finally being repudiated, and he can't stand it.

70 posted on 06/16/2011 10:04:41 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: HushTX; NYer; ThePatriotsFlag; Mad Dawg; BenKenobi; Antoninus
Thank you for respecting the sentiments of communion. But you should come to the Mass at a Catholic Church if you can't find an ACNA parish.

I think you would have to restrain sharing in communion except for the visits to an ACNA parish -- unfortunately. I wish there were more, but we can share together in prayer.

71 posted on 06/17/2011 12:06:36 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Mr. K; Salvation; annalex
Mr K: Some one point to where it says inthe bible that you must ‘adore’ the Eucharist Jesus Christ before you “do this in memory of me”

Corrected it -- for us, the consecrated Host IS the Body and blood of Jesus Christ, hence the adoration. The Adoration is to God

I assume you did not know this -- but bluntly, this is, to us, the Body of Christ, hence we adore Him as is due. you may disagree with this belief, but please note that this is worship of God.

72 posted on 06/17/2011 12:08:50 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Cronos; HushTX

Before I was received into the Church, I learned about the “Communion of Desire” from our priest, and it became very important to me...so now, when I’m unable to be at mass, I read the liturgy, pray, and sit quietly in the communion of desire, and am aware of the union with Christ that He makes possible during those wordless moments...the Eucharist is still paramount, just helps me through the times I can’t be there to receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.


73 posted on 06/17/2011 12:36:11 AM PDT by Judith Anne ( Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: Judith Anne; HushTX
Thank you for that, Judith Anne.

HushTX is a traditional, conservative, deeply believing Anglican brother who has voiced this issue he is facing

I think your post

Before I was received into the Church, I learned about the “Communion of Desire” from our priest, and it became very important to me...so now, when I’m unable to be at mass, I read the liturgy, pray, and sit quietly in the communion of desire, and am aware of the union with Christ that He makes possible during those wordless moments...the Eucharist is still paramount, just helps me through the times I can’t be there to receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.

may help ==> HushTX, will this help?

74 posted on 06/17/2011 12:41:34 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Mr. K

Look right after the part in the bible that declares you should post on FR


75 posted on 06/17/2011 3:25:53 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa; Mr. K

Mr. K.:

Where did ‘must’ come into this? As far as I can tell, nobody ‘must’ adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament (outside of the Mass,that is. If he’s not adoring during Mass, something’s up and it ain’t good.)

I LIKE to go to adoration. I pray, just sit, read my Bible, and sometimes nap. Sure, Jesus is with us wherever we are, but, as I say, I have discovered there are “consolations” when one goes to adoration. I’d only get crankedup if somebody told me I “must” NOT go.


76 posted on 06/17/2011 5:04:17 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Tax-chick
I was healed of a non-threatening but quite distressing phyical problem during prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on the Vigil of Pentecost.

God does good work, huh? I love it when he lives me slack-jawed in amazement.

77 posted on 06/17/2011 5:13:05 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Mad Dawg
God does good work, huh?

All the time. Sometimes I forget, and then I feel like an idiot.

78 posted on 06/17/2011 5:17:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: HushTX
In the fall of 1977, before I was ordained (or not) in the Episcopal Church, one of the All saints Sisters in Catonsville, MD sat me down and unloaded on me. It was a GOOD unloading. She told me what she thought were the spiritual duties of a priest.

And at the top was every day, every minute, to offer your ministry to Jesus, whose ministry it is in any case.

I really think that counsel is what led me finally to renounce my orders and swim the Tiber. But that's neither here nor there.

My unasked for, free, and worth every penny advice is every day and every minute offer YOUR ministry to Jesus. And when things look challenging and peculiar to say, "Jesus, I trust in you," whether you feel it or not. We DO, we MUST put all our faith in Him, especially when we don't FEEL like it.

Do that, avoid sin to the extent you can, and it will all come out well.

79 posted on 06/17/2011 5:17:45 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Tax-chick
All the time. Sometimes I forget, and then I feel like an idiot.

His to haul us, kicking and screaming, through the wilderness. Ours to murmur and complain all the way.

Perhaps when we reach the Jordan He will not hold it back but oblige us to wade through the waters where once our Lord stood and we will be clean at last..... and quit our bellyaching!

80 posted on 06/17/2011 5:27:57 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: thane1944

“The act of “declaration” neither causes or changes anything.”

Really? So when does the wafer and wine become Jesus?


81 posted on 06/17/2011 5:56:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Salvation

When we are Saved, we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is part of the Trinity.


82 posted on 06/17/2011 5:57:37 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: thane1944

Nicely explained. It’s mind-numbing that Christians would ever consider The Lord can invoked like some type of B-Movie spirit. So odd.


83 posted on 06/17/2011 6:08:56 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Mad Dawg
Perhaps when we reach the Jordan He will not hold it back but oblige us to wade through the waters where once our Lord stood ...

I'm a strong swimmer and a trained lifeguard ;-).

84 posted on 06/17/2011 6:27:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: HushTX
So why is it that I have a deeper appreciation for this practice than he does? Why is it that I have a firmer grasp on the importance of this practice than he does?

Liberals consider themselves to be "enlightened" and consider those with whom they differ to be ignorant rubes. It is a particularly uncharitable form of conceit.

The liberal catholics essentially believe that the mass is not for worship, but is an expression of fellowship. That is why they have the hand holding, the grope-slobber-kiss of peace and the Disney movie music. Their focus is on Leftist causes such as the acceptance of septic sex, womyn power, pacifism, the confiscation of wages, and the dissolution of the United States through unlimited immigration.

To them, worship of the Creator of the Universe is the folly of lesser minds.

85 posted on 06/17/2011 9:20:41 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Cronos; Judith Anne

It certainly does. It doesn’t do much to alleviate my frustration at the conundrum, but it is comforting to know that I am not alone in my difficult position. I wish I could honestly say that I maintain daily prayer and regularly read the liturgy. I wish I could honestly say that I even do that on a weekly basis. But I certainly do try to keep the discipline, and this is an excellent way to manage the problem.

When I go to Basic Training, I may find myself unable to take Communion at Mass, depending on which services are provided. The same will be true during deployments. I WILL have my BCP with me and WILL be maintaining daily prayers. I think reading the text for the Eucharistic Mass will go a long way toward alleviating some of the burden of not being able to actually take the Eucharist.

I’ll still attend Roman Rite Mass, when it is offered, even if I won’t be welcome to take the Eucharist. Something is better than nothing.


86 posted on 06/17/2011 10:48:09 AM PDT by HushTX (I make libs rage quit.)
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To: Cronos

I won’t say that respecting the sentiments regarding Communion is without its frustration. A large part of me is inclined to simply take the Eucharist and not make a big deal about debating or explaining or any such thing. But then there is the stronger part of me that feels like it is more important to show the utmost respect to those whose faith is as important to them as mine is to me.

Maybe this Ordinariate trend will alleviate a large part of the problem. I don’t know much about it and what it entails, but I certainly look forward to seeing how it plays out.


87 posted on 06/17/2011 10:56:39 AM PDT by HushTX (I make libs rage quit.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

“Some people worship the lord in the bathroom mirror ...”

Where’s my like button?!


88 posted on 06/18/2011 1:50:34 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: HushTX

“I’ll still attend Roman Rite Mass, when it is offered, even if I won’t be welcome to take the Eucharist. Something is better than nothing.”

I did that myself for a year. You will find this very helpful to you.


89 posted on 06/18/2011 1:52:50 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: NYer

our bishop actively promotes Eucharistic Adoration in the diocese, many churches now offer adoration at various times during the week and since adoration has increased so has the number of seminarians.


90 posted on 06/23/2011 7:29:50 PM PDT by Coleus (Adult Stem Cells Work, there is NO Need to Harvest Babies for Their Body Parts!)
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