Communion; Hand or Mouth?

Yesterday at Mass, my husband noticed that on the floor of our pew, by our feet, was a quarter of an unconsumed Host. He picked it up and consumed it.Discussing it on the way home, my husband chose to think the best, not the worst. "Maybe [at a previous Mass] the wedge was part of Consecration Host, and it somehow got picked up with another one and missed, or dropped onto a sweater, or something."My husband is always quick to think the best, especially when a matter is too troubling to … [Read more...]

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Christ the King; Here comes Emmanuel!

"Who do you say that I Am?"SourceLet's prepare ourselves for the end of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King:God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom . . . The law was to be Israel's king, and through the law, God himself . . . God yielded to Israel's obstinacy and so devised a new kidn of kingship for them. The King is Jesus; in him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to … [Read more...]

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Fr. Barron on Eucharistic Adoration

It takes a genuine bigot to suggest that Eucharistic Adoration is a practice reserved to the stupid and the uneducated. Another sort of elitism. … [Read more...]

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A Habit Story & a Challenge!

A couple of weeks ago my On the Square piece took at look at the visual witness of the religious habit, and wondered whether it might not be worth it for some communities to take a second look at the wearing of them.Happily, that piece has inspired the Nunspeak blogger, Sr. Lisa--a Canossian Sister (like St. Josephine Bakhita) to begin a blog-series chronicling encounters she and other sisters have had that occurred because of the habit.She calls the feature "In the Habit" and her first … [Read more...]

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The Passing of a "True Monk"

A gorgeous remembrance of Sr. Angelika, OSB, by her Abbess at St. Walburga's:In 1980, with Mother Maria-Thomas as superior, she was chosen to be the prioress. She served this call beautifully for many, many years. And she encouraged us in the same way that she encouraged the young monks. One of the sisters was saying this morning that you would go to her with a problem and she would sit there and listen very intently and she would give you an answer and you would say, “How did you know that?” A … [Read more...]

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Desecration in Scranton

This is not good:It is believed that sometime overnight on Aug. 3 or early morning on Aug. 4 someone broke into St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. The person was able to open the tabernacle, the receptacle on the side altar in which the vessels containing the Blessed Sacrament are kept.The person removed the ciborium, the vessel which contains the small consecrated Hosts used for Holy Communion. These Hosts are the Body of Jesus Christ. [Emphasis mine - admin]The Carbondale police … [Read more...]

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Receiving Communion at Age 6?

Horrible Little Girl on a Great Day, Age 6There is a question being bandied about, thanks to A Cardinal's Musings::Children today are maturing so quickly and are exposed to so many different influences that it might be time to consider allowing them to prepare for and receive their first Communion even before their 7th birthdays, said the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments."A child's first Communion is like the beginning of a journey with Jesus, in communion … [Read more...]

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Eucharistic Adoration is Life Changing

I've written before how my fraying life snapped back into focus during a chance encounter with Eucharistic Adoration. I'd been driving down a street with the windows open and heard the noontime bells ring as I passed a church. Obeying an impulse - ahem - I decided to stop in and maybe light a candle.When I entered the church I saw the altar, alive with candles, and the gleaming monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament. "Oh, they do Adoration here," I thought, with something like joy … [Read more...]

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Hyundai Goes too Far?

It begins with the Agnus Dei - what they are chanting here is "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us."A most excellent prayer.It is unfortunate that such a prayer is lost in the mess of images, here:Every Catholic blogger I know is getting emails about this. Lots of really angry people out there who feel like the ad goes too far.One blogger emailed me saying, "I wanted to shrug it off as dumb until I saw the pizza-as-communion shot."I can understand why … [Read more...]

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Pie Pellicane, Iesu Domine…

Pelicans back in dangerIn St. Thomas Aquinas' Adoro te Devote, we sing:Pie Pellicane, Iesu Domine, Me immundum munda tuo sanguine. Cuius una stilla salvum facere Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.Translation: Lord Jesus, good Pelican, wash me clean with your blood, one drop of which can free the entire world of all its sins.Why "Jesus, good Pelican?" The Pelican has come to be a symbol of the Eucharist:The Pelican is a symbol of the atonement and the Redeemer and is often found in … [Read more...]

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