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.
Unfortunately, for many of us Catholics, First Holy Communion has become simply a right of passage. The essence of the celebration is lost among the parties and gifts. “Parties and gifts are fine,” says one priest, “as long as the focus never strays from what the celebration is truly about.”
St. John Bosco (Don Bosco) was an influential 19th century Italian priest who ministered to the poor and neglected boys of Turin, Italy, who were driven to a life of desperation and crime in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. Don Bosco became their mentor and spiritual director, inspiring them to a life of virtue and saving many from a future of poverty and incarceration.
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.
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.
Once again, Our Lord has granted the Church a Eucharistic Miracle to strengthen our faltering faith in, and proper reverence toward, this central teaching of the Catholic faith: When Jesus said, “This is my body,” and, “This is my blood,” he meant it literally.
Over Thanksgiving week two similar news stories emerged that have been widely shared on social media. The subject of each was a Consecrated Host, yet each was in stark contrast to the other. … As it happened last week, the news of the desecrated Hosts and the Eucharistic Miracle were appearing almost side-by-side. If we did not flinch interiorly at the news of the desecration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the news of the miracle was there to keep our hearts in check.
According to the Papal Encyclical Lumen Gentium, what is the “source and summit of the Christian life”? Hint: It’s not the Holy Spirit, the communion of saints, or the Holy See.
Answer: It’s the Eucharist!