Monday, May 26, 2008

Hmmm?

Jesus said "Unless you eat my body, and drink my blood, you shall not have life within you". NOT "Unless you eat wafers, and drink grape juice you won't have life in you". How much more clear could Jesus get?

Prayer for this week-

O God, Who in this wonderful sacrament hast left us a memorial of Thy passion, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to reverence the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within us the fruit of Thy redemption.

Corpus Christi Collect-

Pope plans limits to number of Mass concelebrants?

Pope Benedict XVI plans to curtail the practice of organizing large-scale Eucharistic celebrations with hundreds of priests concelebrating the Mass, according to a report in Italy's Panorama magazine.
Panorama reports that the Holy Father has directed the Congregation for Divine Worship to study the question and prepare appropriate instructions. His objective, the Italian journal says, is to eliminate the concelebration of Mass by hundreds of priests at a time, with many of them standing at a distance from the altar.
The Vatican has not commented on the Panorama report.
If the story is accurate, the new liturgical guidelines could bring significant changes in liturgical celebrations at which the Pope himself presides, such as Masses attended by tens of thousands of people at World Youth Day or during papal trips abroad.

tip to American Papist-

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ahhhhhh

I needed an uplifting photo, and thought I might as well share it with you.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Books!

Oh Goody!


I just received these three books in the mail, and I am going to begin reading them. I wanted to bring them to your attention, and suggest you to take a look at them. I actually just began the Pope's 2nd encyclical and it is more than excellent. So i extremely recommend these books.


-Spe Salvi-





-The Apostles-



-Questions and Answers-

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Saint Charles Borromeo

This is what Saint Charles really looked like:


As compared to the typically seen version:





I see no similarities between these two pictures: =D



--Saint Charles Borromeo was the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal-Priest of the Title of St. Prassede, Papal Secretary of State under Pius IV. He was born in the Castle of Arona, a town on the southern shore of the Lago Maggiore in northern Italy, on October 2, 1538; and died at Milan, on the 3rd of November, 1584. His emblem is the word humilitas crowned, which is a portion of the Borromeo shield. He is usually represented in art in his cardinal's robes, barefoot, carrying the cross as archbishop; a rope round his neck, one hand raised in blessing, thus recalling his work during the plague. His feast is on 4 November.


If you want to know more, Catholic Encyclopedia has a whole bunch of information that I don't have posted on here. You can go to their link: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03619a.htm

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Eucharist

"And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins." (Matthew 26:26-28)

The Eucharist - Holy Communion – simply, is Christ's body, blood, soul, and divinity under the appearance of bread and wine. It is not a symbol of Christ, but rather, it is truly Jesus Christ! At the point in the Mass known as the consecration, the priest, acting in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) says "This is my Body, which will be given up for you" and "This is my Blood which will be given up for you". These were the words of Jesus when He turned the bread and wine at the Last Supper into His Body and Blood, and, by the power of God, the bread and wine become Jesus Christ.

Note: It is correct to say the Bread and wine become Jesus, not Jesus becomes bread and wine. Tip to “A Catholic Life”

At the Consecration during the Mass everyone present except the celebrant should kneel in adoration because by God's power the bread and wine become His Son, Jesus Christ. The bread and wine become Jesus Christ's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity as Our Lord told us at the Last Supper. The only thing remaining of bread and wine is the appearance of bread and wine (called the "accidents"). Jesus Christ gave this power to his disciples.The Catechism of the Catholic Church, a collection of all Catholic beliefs, calls the Eucharist the "source and summit of our faith". It is in that moment when we receive the Eucharist that our soul is the actual body of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ loved us so much at the last Supper, even though He knew His death was near, He gave us the joy of being with Him.

Clearly we need Jesus Christ as He is the “The Way, the Truth, and the Life”.

Objections

Some people that don't believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist claim that Jesus meant for it to be symbolic. Such disbelievers need to merely examine the Gospel of John Chapter 6. We see this clearly when Our Lord tells them "Unless you eat my Body and Drink my Blood you will have no life within you". After Our Lord finished, His followers do one thing - they leave Him. If Jesus was speaking symbolically He would have said "No, you misunderstood”, but this time He just let them walk away. Thousands left Him, but He let them because what He spoke was true and they just couldn't accept it.

Council of Trent:
Cannon Law

(http://history.hanover.edu/early/trent/ct13ce.htm) – Source

The Thirteenth SessionON THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
CANON I.-If any one denieth, that, in the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist, are contained truly, really, and substantially, the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ; but saith that He is only therein as in a sign, or in figure, or virtue; let him be anathema.

CANON lI.-If any one saith, that, in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist, the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denieth that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood-the species Only of the bread and wine remaining-which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema.

CANON III.-If any one denieth, that, in the venerable sacrament of the Eucharist, the whole Christ is contained under each species, and under every part of each species, when separated; let him be anathema.

CANON IV.-If any one saith, that, after the consecration is completed, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are not in the admirable sacrament of the Eucharist, but (are there) only during the use, whilst it is being taken, and not either before or after; and that, in the hosts, or consecrated particles, which are reserved or which remain after communion, the true Body of the Lord remaineth not; let him be anathema.

CANON V.-If any one saith, either that the principal fruit of the most holy Eucharist is the remission of sins, or, that other effects do not result therefrom; let him be anathema.

CANON VI.-If any one saith, that, in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with the worship, even external of latria; and is, consequently, neither to be venerated with a special festive solemnity, nor to be solemnly borne about in processions, according to the laudable and universal rite and custom of holy church; or, is not to be proposed publicly to the people to be adored, and that the adorers thereof are idolators; let him be anathema.

CANON VII.-If any one saith, that it is not lawful for the sacred Eucharist to be reserved in the sacrarium, but that, immediately after consecration, it must necessarily be distributed amongst those present; or, that it is not lawful that it be carried with honour to the sick; let him be anathema.

CANON VIII.-lf any one saith, that Christ, given in the Eucharist, is eaten spiritually only, and not also sacramentally and really; let him be anathema.

CANON IX.-If any one denieth, that all and each of Christ's faithful of both sexes are bound, when they have attained to years of discretion, to communicate every year, at least at Easter, in accordance with the precept of holy Mother Church; let him be anathema.

CANON X.-If any one saith, that it is not lawful for the celebrating priest to communicate himself; let him be anathema.

CANON XI.-lf any one saith, that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let him be anathema. And for fear lest so great a sacrament may be received unworthily, and so unto death and condemnation, this holy Synod ordains and declares, that sacramental confession, when a confessor may be had, is of necessity to be made beforehand, by those whose conscience is burthened with mortal sin, how contrite even soever they may think themselves. But if any one shall presume to teach, preach, or obstinately to assert, or even in public disputation to defend the contrary, he shall be thereupon excommunicated.

Quotations on the Eucharist:

·Since Christ Himself has said, "This is My Body" who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?" (St. Cyril of Jerusalem)

·Go to adoration as one who would go to heaven, to the divine banquet. Our Lord will give us audience of grace and love. He is waiting for us. He is longing for us." (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

·"The soul that receives the Divine Blood becomes beautiful, as being clothed in a more precious garment, and it appears so beautifully aglow that if you could see it you would be tempted to adore it" (St. Mary Magdalene di Pazzi)

·"My children, we can never prepare ourselves too much for Holy Communion" (St. Padre Pio).

·"This Sacrament being a mystery of faith, we must believe firmly that Jesus Christ is really present in the Holy Eucharist, and that He is living and glorious there as in heaven" (St. John Vianney).

·"The Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ which suffered for our sins, which the Father raised up by his goodness" (St. Ignatius of Antioch).

·"Do not, therefore, regard the bread and wine as simply that, for they are, according to the Master's declaration, the body and blood of Christ" (St. Cyril of Jerusalem).

·“The Eucharist is that love which surpasses all loves in Heaven and on earth” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

Talk about Humbling-


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Realization-

"If Communism took over and Catholicism was banned, how many catholics would stand up and DIE, as a martyr, before the tabernacle protecting our Lord?"

Monday, May 5, 2008

The "Our Father" Hand

Are you sick and tired of some progressive nagging you to hold his/her hand during the Lord's Prayer? Well, speak no more!



The "Our Father Holding Hand" is a one-size fits all that you can easily slip on your real hand and then slip it off your real hand indiscreetly so the progressive congregant to your left or right has a hand to hold. Meanwhile, your real hands are now reverently folded so that you can reverently pray the Lord's Prayer without getting stuck in that giant 60's style peace chain.And for the aggressive progressive, the Our Father Holding Hand comes with a built in buzzer, so you can get rid of your transgressor in a humane manner.The Our Father Holding Hand - available at Goodwill, for it is our good will to pray the Lord's Prayer with great reverence.Peace,BMPPS: some fine print - Those who attend the Tridentine Mass do not need this hand. Such hand-holding craziness didn't exist in 1962.

Scribbled by Brian Michael Page at 22:38


- A tribute to my dad -

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Ecclesiastical Province

Here's a map of the Provinces of the United States
for any of you who were curious about them from my last post.

Happy Ascension Thurunday Everybody!

Ascension Thursday is the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven. Tradition points to Mount Olivet, near Bethany, as the place where Christ left the earth. The ecumenical feast falls on a Thursday. Forty days after Easter and ten before the feast of Pentecost.

Certain customs were connected with the liturgy of this feast of which I find very interesting, such as, "the blessing of beans and grapes after the Commemoration of the Dead in the Canon of the Mass, the blessing of a candle, the wearing of mitres by deacon and sub deacon, the extinction of the paschal candle, and triumphal processions with torches and banners outside the churches to commemorate the entry of Christ into heaven."

Why do most provinces celebrate Ascension Thursday on Sunday?

The simplest explanation is out of the convenience of the priests and the congregation. "Since Catholics are already obligated to attend Mass on Sunday, most people don't realize that Ascension is still a Holy Day of Obligation--they think they're in church just for Sunday Mass."Each ecclesiastical province in the United States is allowed to decide whether to transfer the celebration of The Ascension. (An ecclesiastical province is basically, one large archdiocese and the dioceses that are historically associated with it. Generally, in the United States, there's one ecclesiastical province per state, with a few exceptions for historical reasons.) All of the provinces have chosen to transfer the celebration except for Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, and Philadelphia. Each of those is one of the oldest Catholic provinces in the United States, which may explain why they've chosen to stick with tradition.

Attendance at Ascension Thursday Masses had been falling for years before the bishops of the United States petitioned the Vatican to allow the celebration to be transferred to the following Sunday.

So there you have it... The reason for changing the dates of our Lord's Ascension into Heaven occurred out of laziness from the bishops and congregations of the United States.

Confession

Yesterday morning a close friend of mine (whose name I won't say) made their first confession. It was a moving experience for us both. The person wanted to talk to me about it, and you could tell that they felt 10 pounds lighter and that nothing could upset them. My friend said that it was a very emotional and life changing experience. They also commented on how they could see themselves having an easier time forgiving people. But anyway, it was a very wonderful thing to hear.

Father had a very cool homily yesterday at first communion Mass about how we "need" the Eucharist. I think we not only "need" the Eucharist but also the other 6 sacraments given to us from God, especially confession. I think I take that for granted sometimes.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Picture of the Day

Guess which Successor of Peter didn't get that new crosier he wanted?

Back to writing-

Hey,

I would like to apologize for not writing on here lately. I've been really busy and as a result I find mysef being too tired to write. So, I am back to my old ways of various comments and ideas about what liturgically pops into my head.

Since I have been busy, I have actually been getting out of the habit of praying the divine offices, for various lame excuses such as "I am too tired" or "I can't do it all, so I might as well not do them", but I am starting to notice a wanting for it, and to see how my thoughts aren't as holy, and kind as they might have been when I was in constant awareness of my actions. I find that very interesting....

I again apologize, and will try to post more and more things on here in the next few weeks.


Thanks-