Friday, June 5, 2020

God's strengthening aid...

 For My flesh is real food
and My blood is real drink. - John 6:55

"Let us stand fast in what is right,
and prepare our souls for trial.
Let us wait upoGod's strengthening aid
and say to Him:
O Lord, you have been our refuge
in all generations."

St Boniface
Benedictine monk, Bishop, Martyr
675 - 754
nee England ~ Missionary
Known as  Apostle of Germany
Patron:  Germany, brewers, World Youth Day
Feast Day - June 5

“In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.” ~ St Boniface

St Boniface, pray for us!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The veil is thin...

"Kneel down!  Kneel down! Do you not see on high the
golden Chalice and the bright rays from the Host? 
It is the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  The Angels are adoring It. 
Come let us join our adoration to theirs." St Pascal Baylon (+1592)

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"When you are before the altar where Christ reposes,
you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men;
but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels
standing by you, and trembling with respect
before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth.

Therefore, when you are in church,
 be there in silence, fear, and veneration."

St. John Chrysostom

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Close in heart...

Jan 1, 1904To her mother:  "... I spent a heavenly day close
to the Blessed Sacrament, and I took you with me,
for you know very well I never leave you.
I am so happy about the nice day you had." 

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Sept 11, 1901 -  "Every Sunday, we have the Blessed Sacrament
exposed in the oratory.  When I open the door...
it seems to me rather like the gate of Heaven opening!  
Then I present to Jesus all those who are in my heart,
and there, close to Him, I find them again." 

St Elizabeth of the Trinity
Excerpts from Light, Love, Life: Elizabeth of the Trinity

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Love envelops the soul...

 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul...
Proverbs 13:19a

"When we have been to Holy Communion,
the balm of love envelops the soul
as the flower envelops the bee."

St John Vianney

Monday, June 1, 2020

Believing what is true...

The earliest documentation of the Liturgies of the Eucharist and the Word 
co-joined is found in the First Apology written by St Justin Martyr in 150 AD.  
The liturgy that St Justin describes is so like our own as to be astonishing.  
It clearly includes the OffertoryPreface and CanonGreat Amen and Holy Communion.  

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"No one may share in the Eucharist with us 
unless he believes that what we teach is true, 
unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism 
for the remission of his sins, 
and unless he lives in accordance 
with the principles given us by Christ. 

We do not consume the Eucharistic bread and wine as if it were ordinary food and drink, for we have been taught that as Jesus Christ our Savior became a man of flesh and blood by the power of the Word of God, so also the food that our flesh and blood assimilates for its nourishment becomes the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus by the power of his own words contained in the prayer of  thanksgiving.

The apostles, in their recollections, which are called gospels, handed down to us what Jesus commanded them to do. They tell us that He took bread, gave thanks and said: Do this in memory of Me. This is My body. In the same way He took the cup, He gave thanks and said: This is My blood. The Lord gave this command to them alone. Ever since then we have constantly reminded one another of these things. The rich among us help the poor and we are always united. For all that we receive we praise the Creator of the universe through His Son Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit

On Sunday we have a common assembly of all our members, whether they live in the city or in the outlying districts. The recollections of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as there is time. When the reader has finished, the president of the assembly speaks to us; he urges everyone to imitate the examples of virtue we have heard in the readings. Then we all stand up together and pray. 

On the conclusion of our prayer, bread and wine and water are brought forward. The president offers prayers and gives thanks to the best of his ability, and the people give their assent by saying, 'Amen.' The Eucharist is distributed, everyone present communicates, and the deacons take it to those who are absent.    

The wealthy, if they wish, may make a contribution, and they themselves decide the amountThe collection is placed in the custody of the president, who uses it to help the orphans and widows and all who for any reason are in distress, whether because they are sick, in prison, or away from home. In a word, he takes care of all who are in need. 

We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world, and because on that same day our savior Jesus Christ rose from the dead. For He was crucified on Friday and on Sunday He appeared to His apostles and disciples and taught them the things that we have passed on for your  consideration." 

St. Justin
100 AD - 165 AD
Philosopher and Martyr
Masterful Lay apologist, writer
Feast Day - June 1
Image above: Chapel of St Ananias, Damascus, Syria (1st century)

St Justin, pray for us!