Random thoughts on the Blessed Sacrament

Random thoughts that I have while sitting in my parish’s Adoration Chapel just looking at Him. You are little…the World prefers big. You are humble… the World demands pride. You are meek… the World encourages arrogance. You are still… the World is fast. You are helpless… the World honors the strong. You are mercy… the …

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Spiritual Communions

got Jesus? If not, then you can unite yourself to Him by various means. The best and most obvious is to got to Mass and if you’re in a state of grace (no mortal sins on your soul) receive Holy Communion. Next best is to visit the Blessed Sacrament where it may be exposed for …

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Yesterday was New Year’s Day…

…on the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. It was the First Sunday of Advent. As with every New Year, this is an opportunity to “start over” and improve yourself. Assess your life, see where it’s been and how it’s going and make adjustments. Given the healing nature of the Church, from the Eucharist and …

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Daily Adoration

In the post Abiding in Jesus, I mentioned the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. The Gospel reading that inspired the post gives me a good excuse to relate something that I’ve been doing since July 1st. Every day I stop off at my local parish and spend time with Jesus in the …

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Abiding in Jesus

The Gospel for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: John 6:51-58: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, …

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Those who are healthy do not need a physician

Today’s Lenten post is an excerpt from the Gospel for today’s Mass for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. Luke 5: 31-32 “And responding, Jesus said to them: “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who have maladies. I have not come to call the just, but sinners to repentance.” …

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A Walk with the Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots, Day 6

Today is Day 6 in our daily walk with The Novena of Mary Undoer of Knots and we ask Mary’s intercession for us to “persevere in the living word of Jesus, in the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confession…” This is pretty straightforward. And for all the simplicity of the apparent intention, probably one of the …

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Being Fat, Dumb and Happy for Jesus

Way back in the day when I lived in California I was introduced to the phrase “fat, dumb, and happy.” It is said after you’ve eaten a particularly large and sumptuous meal. I have no idea if that saying is a “California-ism,” but that’s where I first heard and used it. The thought ocurred to …

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How Catholics can conquer depression

I read an article in the Catholic Herald about How Catholics can conquer depression. I thought a particular line from it may be relevant to readers, whether or not you suffer from it: “While the sacraments alone were never meant to cure mental afflictions like depression, they can and do play a healing role in …

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The Catholic Church, 12 Step Movements and Resentments

There was a question and/or comment during my interview on the “‘On Call’ with Wendy Wiese” radio show regarding the Catholic Church and the validity or efficacy of 12 Step Movements. The basic contention of the caller (I think it was “Tom from Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Treatment Centers”) was that I was dismissing …

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