I’m human. As a human, I’m imperfect. My intentions are not always motivated by good. Like all of us, I suffer from concupiscence. This inclination to sin is one of the reasons we need Our Lord’s mercy. As it turns out, it is one of the reasons we need the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as well. It’s why we need it on a regular basis, in fact. Our Lord knows this. He knows all things. We may only understand a small fraction of the unfathomable treasure that is the gift of the Mass.
God created humans to be sinless corporeal beings, filled with his own divine life and in intimate communal relationship with Himself. When Adam and Eve marred this communion through disobedience, thereby plunging humanity into spiritual death and giving them a sinful nature to inherit in perpetuity, there was nothing that humans could ever do to restore this back to the way it was. When Adam and Eve fell from grace, only God could intervene to “undo” or “fix” our corrupted nature. And the way he did this was quite extravagant, even more extravagant than what was first done in the Garden of Eden!
Some things just need to be shared. Many people struggle to believe in God, in His Mercy, and in the Eucharistic Presence. Sometimes a sign from above is what is needed to rekindle our hope in Our Lord, our assurance in His constant presence in our lives, and a belief in the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
A baby’s baptism is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your friends and family. Are you looking for some ideas on how to throw a beautiful baptismal party after the ceremony?
Sitting in that church, following along and participating in the Mass, I was struck by the fact that although he was a stranger, I am tied to this man as a member of the Body of Christ. Therefore it is my duty as a Christian to pray for him, just as I hope that someone else would pray for me.
I realized what a testimony a funeral is to our faith as Catholics. It is a “coming full circle.”
St. John Chrysostom was a bishop, a renowned preacher, and one of the most celebrated Doctors of the Church. In his day he was considered one of the most important witnesses to the Catholic faith. And, he wrote beautifully on the Sacrament of Marriage as you can read in this homily.
Was this photo a Eucharistic Miracle? There is good reason to believe so, because that strangely large and bright light was shining from inside the private chapel of a priest’s residence where the Blessed Sacrament was reposed.
When Imelda Lambertini was five years old, she asked to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. She loved Christ deeply, to the point of wondering, “Can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?” However, as it was the year 1327, her request was out of the question. At that time children were not allowed to receive Holy Communion until they were at least 12 years old. But she persisted.
For those whose formation classes may be done or coming to a close, it is important to realize that your catechesis will never end. You will continue to be filled with questions, and your faith will grow by leaps and bounds if you respond with an eager pursuit of the answers. You can spend your entire life studying and reflecting on the faith. As you grow older, you will discover more about yourself, your relationships, your God-given desires, and God himself. And you have a guide and helper dwelling inside you—the Holy Spirit.
When my children were all young, and followed me like little ducklings, I didn’t worry about Saint Augustine’s words so much. However, as my children grew up and were no longer in a nice little line behind me, I began to wonder: what if they didn’t cooperate with God? What if they strayed from their faith? These worries can’t be mine alone. I am certain that other mothers and fathers have the same concerns. We work hard to bring our children up in a good Christian home. We instill in them the Catholic faith.