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The Exultation of the Holy Cross

September 19, 2014

Source and Summit of the Christian Life!

"Every commitment to holiness, every activity aimed at carrying out the Church's mission, every work of pastoral planning, must draw the strength it needs from the Eucharistic mystery and in turn be directed to that mystery as its culmination."

Saint John Paul II
Ecclesia de Eucharistia

September 14, 2014

Lift High the Cross!

 click here to read our September newsletter and Reflections under the Cross by Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

September 13, 2014

From the "Golden Mouth"

"When you see [the Body of Christ] lying on the altar, say to yourself, "Because of this Body I am no longer earth and ash, no longer a prisoner, but free. Because of this Body I hope for heaven, and I hope to receive the good things that are in heaven, immortal life, the lot of the angels, familiar conversation with Christ. This Body, scourged and crucified, has not been fetched by death....This is that Body which was blood stained, which was pierced by a lance, and from which gushed forth those saving fountains, one of blood and the other of water, for all the world."...This is the Body which He gave us, both to hold in reserve and to eat, which was appropriate to intense love; for those whom we kiss with abandon we often even bite with our teeth."

Saint John Chrysostom nicknamed The Golden Mouth
On Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians
A.D. 392

September 12, 2014

The Holy Name of Mary

"Mary is a 'woman of the Eucharist' in her whole life. The Church, which looks to Mary as a model, is also called to imitate her in her relationship with this holy mystery."

Saint John Paul II
Ecclesia de Eucharistia

September 10, 2014

"Judge for Yourselves": 1 Corinthians 10:14-17

"Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible men; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of he one bread."

September 7, 2014

"Tell it to the Church!" (Mt 18:17): 2nd century letters from Saint Ignatius of Antioch

"Those, indeed, who belong to God and to Jesus Christ- they are with the bishop. And those who repent and come to the unity of the Church-they too shall be of God, and will be living according to Jesus Christ.  Do not err, my brethren: if anyone follow a schismatic, he will not inherit the Kingdom of God. If any man walk about with strange doctrine, he cannot lie down with the passion.  Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: for there is one Flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of His Blood; one altar, as there is one bishop with the presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons."

Letter to the Philadephians [3,2]

"You must all follow the bishop as Jesus Christ follows the Father, and the presbytery as you would the Apostles. Reverence the deacons as you would the command of God. Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop, or by one whom he appoints. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. 

Letter to the Smyrnaeans [6.2]

September 4, 2014

Holy Hunger

"Lord Jesus Christ, pierce my soul with Your love so that I may always long for You alone, who are the bread of angels and the fulfillment of the soul's deepest desires. May my heart always hunger for You, so that soul may be filled with the sweetness of Your presence"
- Saint Bonaventure