Monday, January 30, 2023

Holy Viaticum...

   Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of
the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with
oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith 
will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; 
and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. -  James 5:14-15

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):

1524  In addition to the Anointing of the Sick, the Church offers those who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as viaticum. Communion in the body and blood of Christ, received at this moment of "passing over" to the Father, has a particular significance and importance. It is the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen, the Eucharist is here the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father.

1525 Thus, just as the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist form a unity called "the sacraments of Christian initiation," so too it can be said that Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist as viaticum constitute at the end of Christian life "the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland" or the sacraments that complete the earthly pilgrimage.

Continue reading about this beautiful Sacrament 
and gift of the Church
 Catechism of the Catholic Church - Sections 1499-1532

Please call a priest 
for this holy time 
of preparation and passage.

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Viaticum angels - wood engraving, France - 1891

"The world's thy ship and 
not thy home." - St Thérèse of Lisieux

Sunday, January 29, 2023

The final word...

  "The final word is love." - Dorothy Day

"It was not enough for Him that He should become 
one of ourselves by adopting a human nature like our own. 
It was not enough that He should share 
the hardships of a life like our own—that He should suffer 
and die and atone for our sins, in our name.

He loved us, and He would not rest until He 
should be completely united to us. And in His love 
He devised this most extraordinary method 
of union, in which He Himself becomes our food! 
Truly a tremendous lover!"

Dom Mary Eugene Boylan
This Tremendous Lover 

"Love is never finished." 
Pope Benedict XVI

Saturday, January 28, 2023

The Eucharist signifies love, produces love...

  "The Eucharist is the sacrament of love:
it signifies love, it produces love." - St Thomas Aquinas

 "St Thomas Aquinas' greatest love was the Blessed Sacrament, of which he was to be the world's greatest witness.  He would spend hours at a  time, day and night, before the altar in adoration and meditation.  Here was his great school.  The Eucharistic Lord Himself was his Master. When he celebrated Mass, he was in raptures and often in tears.  After saying his own Mass he would serve another - or at least hear one. 

In December 1273, when he was forty-seven, he laid down his pen, determined to study and write no more, so that he might give himself to God entirely in meditation and prayer.  He was ordered by Pope Gregory X to go to Lyons to assist at the General Council.  Taken ill on the way, he was obliged to stop at the Cistercial Abbey of Fossa-Nouva. His first visit was to the Blessed Sacrament.  At Fossa-Nouva he lay seriously ill for a month.  He made his general confession. 

While Viaticum was being brought to him, he had himself taken from the bed and laid upon ashes on the floor.  The tears came to his eyes as he beheld the Host in the hand of the priest.  He made his profession of faith:

"I firmly believe that Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is present in this august Sacrament.  I adore You, my God and my Redemption, the Viaticum of my pilgrimage, for whose honor I have studied, labored, preached and taught."

From: Witnesses to the Eucharist, Fr Hugh F Blunt, LLD

St Thomas Aquinas
Italy ~ 1225-1274
Dominican monk
Theologian, philosopher, professor
Prolific writer, Hymn composer
Doctor of the Church
Feast Day - January 28
(Happy confirmation namesake day, Fr Howe!)

"The Sacrament of the Body of the Lord 
puts the demons to flight, 
defends us against the incentives to vice 
and to concupiscence, 
cleanses the soul from sin, 
quiets the anger of God, 
enlightens the understanding to know God, 
inflames the will and the affections with the love of God, 
fills the memory with spiritual sweetness, 
confirms the entire man in good, 
frees us from eternal death, 
multiplies the merits of a good life, 
leads us to our everlasting home, 
and re-animates the body to eternal life." 
St Thomas Aquinas