Our Great Interior Transformation Into Christ
Celebrate the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit Christian faith experience regularly. Our Great Transformation into Christ occurs through this perennial marital act. Jesus Christ, the coming Savior, the bridegroom is venerated by His presence. We are the bride of Christ through Holy Communion with the Most Blessed Trinity.
“The holy surrender of the Father’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, is the manifestation of His love. God comes into our midst because Jesus implored the Father that we might know the love that the Father had for Him from the beginning of time that we might be one with the Father and the Son. Jesus said He could not send the Spirit that the Comforter would not come until He went back to the Father.
The Mass exemplifies the Holy Trinity at its most magnificent magnitude of multitude magnanimity while the Holy Eucharist feeds us with supernatural life that is unparalleled by anything in this world. It can only feed us because of the monumental unity, power, and glory of the Father receiving again the Sacrifice of His Son with Consecrated Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity that we receive in the form of the species of bread and wine pours into us unimaginable, gigantic graces of hope and fortitude without which we could not survive.
Yes, the Mass presents a meal, but to limit it to a communal reception of the Divine Supper would minimize the power and the glory of the true meaning. We are fed because of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that none might perish that everyone might have eternal life “
St. Padre Pio said, "It would be easier for the world to exist without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass." As the deer panted for water so our souls seek after the Living God who lives through the Blessed Trinity who lives through the Consecration of the Mass because the priest feeds body, mind, soul, and spirit.
There can be no other greater reality than the Real Presence of God in the Holy Mass. Everything else is second to receiving Him in Holy Communion.” The Lay Franciscan received a Private Revelation from Jesus and God the Father -- Elohim –The Sovereign Mighty Creator.
At difficult times when I was unable to grasp the full scope of the Mystery of the Mass and the Eucharist and the Real Presence I will call upon the Charismatic Lay Franciscan who has the gift of vision and knowledge and would receive from them actual words from Jesus Himself who would bind my book together in real significant meaning. Without the Revelation I would never have been able to grasp the full Sacred impact of just how much He loves us and how much He lives in us through the Eucharist.
On this one occasion Revelation came from Jesus and the Father. The Franciscan saw the Father cross His arm in front of her and emphatically stamped in white light the letters IMPRIMATUR as if He were endorsing my book with His own right hand. It was at this time I was urgently encouraged to get the book out or to finish the book and get it published under its full title, Bringing Christ to the World Through THE MASS This 30th day of May, 2010 Feast of The Most Holy Trinity.
"When we ingest the Eucharist in reality we are ingesting the Godhead ...because His Body and Blood are diffused through our members we become partakers of the divine nature." -St. Cyril of Alexandria As we mystically encounter Divine Love -- Jesus illumines, sanctifies us, raises, gives Himself, and pours His life into us.
“The bridegroom is here; let us go out to meet Christ the Lord.” (Matthew 25:5) “And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, 'Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures for us?'
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, 'The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!' Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (Luke 24:30-35)
St. Padre Pio was passionately in love with the Holy Eucharist. He wrote: "Let me recognize you as your disciples did at the breaking of the bread so that the Eucharistic Communion [may] be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart."
"In the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist, in this sacrament of love, we have true life, a blessed life, and true happiness."
"Let us spend our whole lives giving thanks to the divine Father who, in an excess of love for us, sent His only begotten Son and our most sweet Lover. Protected, covered and defended by the Presence of this dear Lord, let us stand before Him [in the Holy Eucharist] and pray with the humility of the creature and the confidence and freedom of the child."
O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord! Abba, thank you for spiritually opening the eyes of my heart, I have come to know, love, and glorify you in your Son, through fellowship with the Spirit under the guidance of Our Blessed Mother who prepares me for the course.
“Most sweet Jesus, set on fire my love for you and transform me into yourself. Divinize me that my deeds may be pleasing to you. May this be accomplished by the power of the Holy Communion which I receive daily. Oh, how greatly I desire to be wholly transformed into You, O Lord!” –St. Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament
Pray the Daily Mass with zeal. Everything flows from your sharing in Jesus’ Divine Son-ship. “For I have chosen and sanctified this place that my name may be here forever and my eyes and my heart remain.” -God to Solomon. Every day is a blessed day for the one who truly believes. "We should consider those moments spent before the Blessed Sacrament as the happiest of our lives." -St. John Vianney
Welcome Jesus in His Holy Transubstantiation. Where our Creator inspires our conversion as we seek to forgive and repent. "Render not evil for evil, overcome evil with good for love bears all things and men's souls are one with love which transforms even evil men toward God by loving them into heaven."
Make the DeMontfort Consecration to Jesus through Mary yearly. Obey, uphold the Ten Commandments. Seek Jesus’ face with a pure heart. Embrace Christ’s Cross in a spirit of penance. Sincerely renounce the world, self, quickly advance on the road to heaven.
At the Holy Mass, Jesus Christ brings His saving Sacrifice to the Altar. He pronounces the Words of Consecration to the Mystical Body of Christ –- the faithful assembled worldwide together with those in heaven as well as the holy souls in purgatory.
On the day before He suffered, He took bread in His holy and sacred hands. Lifting up His eyes to heaven, to Thee, God, His Almighty Father, He gave Thee thanks, blessed the bread, broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take all of you, and eat of this. FOR THIS IS MY BODY.
The bells ring incessantly indicating Jesus is present. By the power of the Holy Spirit through Transubstantiation and the Word of God -- the bread is converted into the Corpus Christi of Jesus’ Most Sacred Heart -- now hidden under the appearance of bread. As our Lord and Savior decrees we take and eat the Bread of Jesus' Apostles.
In my mind’s eye I see Jesus at the Last Supper holding the Blessed Sacrament above His head. As He brings salvation to the world through the Institution of the Holy Eucharist total amazement grips me. I immediately make the Sign of the Cross while saying softly, ‘Lord, Father Almighty, Lord, Father Almighty, Lord, Father Almighty; my Lord and my God I worship you!’
Jesus robed in white emanates a bright eternal light to the nations. The Light of the World shines through the darkness. As children of light we are formed by the Spirit into the seed of Christ.
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." (John 6:51) Each devout reception of Jesus in Holy Communion makes us Living Tabernacles, eternally benefiting our soul and God’s entire family.
"Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given us." (Romans 5:15)
"My soul is thirsting for you O lord my God. Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory, for your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall glorify you." (Psalm 63: 3-4) The redemptive works of salvation, peace, justice advance through the Holy Mass.
Likewise, after supper, He also took this excellent chalice into His holy and sacred hands and, again giving Thee thanks, He blessed it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take, all of you and drink of this, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING TESTAMENT: THE MYSTERY OF FAITH, WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS. Whenever you will do these things do them in memory of Me.
The bells ring incessantly again. Jesus holds up the Cup of Eternal Salvation. I make the Sign of the Cross while saying, ‘Lord, Father Almighty, Lord, Father Almighty, Lord Father Almighty. Jesus is here! My Lord and my God I worship you!’
By the power of the Holy Spirit through Transubstantiation and the Word of God -- the wine is converted into the Sacred Blood of Christ’s’ Passion -- hidden under the appearance of wine. “Through one meal one Church is nourished, leading to one life restored.” –From Praise O Zion, Voices Raising
The priest declares, “The mystery of faith.” The congregation responds, “When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.”
“Lord, look upon this sacrifice which You have given to your church; and by your Holy Spirit, gather all who share this one bread and this one cup into the one body of Christ, a living sacrifice of praise.” -Eucharistic Prayer IV.
“Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside the gate, to consecrate the people by his own blood.” “Through him (then) let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.” (Hebrews 13:12, 15-16)
The Holy Eucharist is Bringing Christ to the World. The Eternal High Priest elevates His sacred body in the Consecrated Host slightly above His precious blood in the chalice to glorify His Heavenly Father.
In remembrance of the Crucifixion, "Jesus looking up toward heaven proclaimed, "Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last." (Luke 23:46) As the priest says, "Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours Almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen.”
At this precise moment, Abba Father sets His seal upon His Son. As Jesus offers God His Sacrifice waves of love are sent out that cannot be stopped. We unite ourselves to Him in the very act by which He offers Himself to His Father as we sing, “A-men, A-men, A-men.”
St. Paul commends us to "preach Christ and him crucified”. For we no longer live but Christ lives in us. The life that we have in our bodies is through the faith of the Son of Man who loved us and died for us. Jesus said, "So be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
Before consuming Jesus in Holy Communion the priest recites a prayer in immediate preparation to the Three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity to make complete his union with God. “ O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Who, by the Will of the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit your death brought life to the world: deliver me by this, Your most sacred Body and Blood, free me from all my sins and from every evil; make me cling always to Your commandments, and permit me never to be separated from You: Who with the same God, the Father and the Holy Spirit, live, and reign, God, world without end. Amen.” Then the priest says, “I will take the Bread of Heaven, and will call upon the name of the Lord.”
“Jesus, who himself died on the cross, brought something totally different: an encounter with the Lord of all lords, an encounter with the living God and thus an encounter with a hope stronger than the sufferings of slavery, a hope which therefore transformed life and the world from within.” -Pope Benedict XVI.
The Eucharistic Sacrifice unites us to the suffering Paschal Lamb. “Oh, with what inconceivable favors God gifts a soul that loves him sincerely.” –St. Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament, because Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one." (John 10: 27-30)
I had the privilege of altar serving at Mass during a weekend retreat. As Fr Dan elevated the chalice I received a signal grace. There was Jesus, standing miraculously inside the cup, atop His precious blood. Kneeling on the side of God’s Holy Altar, I made the Sign of the Cross and said, Lord Jesus mercy, Lord Jesus mercy, Lord Jesus mercy. My Lord and my God I worship you! Jesus humbly made Himself small then as He does in Holy Communion.
Speaking to the large group of pilgrims, the room became electric as I described Jesus' appearance in the chalice. The Risen Lord is here to capture all hearts. The future of God is your future. “And the mystery of love is this, He unites his body to your body, his soul to your soul, so yours may be a member of his very own,” –St. Katherine Drexel
Jesus is clear in the Sixth Chapter of St. John’s Gospel. “This is my Body which will be given up for you.” It is our Eucharistic food! ‘This is my Blood poured out for you….” It is our Eucharistic drink! "You are bone of my bone. Flesh of my flesh."
Streams of living blood and water continually flow from Jesus’ pierced side to wash, renew, shield, save souls. In Jesus’ unfathomable Divine Mercy, He gives His bride, Holy Mother Church, the Seven Sacraments to preserve its members into Eternal Life.
Jesus said to them, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has Eternal Life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:53-56) The Church Militant and the heavenly ensemble put their assurance in God’s promises.
I share some recent experiences only for the glorification of Almighty God. Each time the priest elevates the Sacred Host I can see Jesus within it. As he raises the Chalice I see our Lord on the front. Jesus is directly behind the priest during the entire Mass. Thank You, dear Jesus! Auras are atop priests, parishioners’ heads prior to, during, following the Holy Liturgy. Priests and the faith-filled, exude God’s Presence with large, impressive auras cloaking them. Wherever I go people have their auras intact. Christ has given me this gift of vision and allowed me to share it. “The devil sees something 99.5% of Catholics don’t even see, Christ in the presence of a priest!” –Fr. Clement Machado Absolute surrender to the Eternal Divine Will is essential!
As the era of Holy Love marches on the Good Shepherd takes us along His Passion-tide journey. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." (Luke 4:18-19) Blessed Beatitude Life comes through the Sacrament of Love.
Animated by living faith that Jesus is substantially present in the Most Holy Eucharist, with divinity and humanity, with body and soul, with flesh and blood we kneel down before Him with hands united in prayer, head bowed in reverence.
May God the Father give us each day the Holy Eucharist, safeguard toward Eternal Life. Amen.
Together in one heart, mind and voice we sing, “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.”
I prepare to meet Jesus by simply kneeling in great anticipation; knowing the Triune in One awaits me.
My prayer prior to the reception of Holy Communion was, May the Body of Christ broken out of love for us: feed, strengthen, gather, unite, illumine, sanctify, glorify, redeem, prepare, preserve, enlighten, endure, and renew each heart, mind and soul for Eternal Life, from now until the end of time. Amen! I ask this Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus! Amen!
May the Blood of Christ poured out of love for us: penetrate, purify, and transform each heart, mind, and soul for Eternal Life, from now until the end of time. Amen! Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus! Amen! (Recited once)
I solemnly walk down the center aisle toward Almighty God. As I approach the Most Holy Blessed Sacrament of the Altar I genuflect to Jesus the Holy Eucharist. The Triune God now stands before me. I go down on both knees (absent the altar rail) in awe-filled, pious, reverence preparing to lovingly receive my beloved Redeemer in Holy Communion. The Most Holy Trinity will soon enter my soul.
The ordained priest holds up the Consecrated Host saying, “May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve your soul unto life everlasting. Amen.” I humbly respond, 'Amen'. He places our Lord and Savior onto my tongue. I tremble before Almighty God. Yes! It is true! I own God! Jubilation pervades my existence.
I approach the Cup of Eternal Salvation genuflecting to Jesus prior to my reception of His precious blood. A priest or Eucharistic Minister holding the Chalice looks into my eyes saying, “Blood of Christ!” I respond, ‘Amen!’ I take the Cup, and with a hearty drink affirm, Yes Lord I believe! Your Blood flows through my veins.
Upon my return to the pew fully aware Almighty God resides within me, I place my face in my hands. In my mind's eye I am often spiritually present in Heaven. The white light can almost be too much. Everyone is clothed in white wedding garments. Jesus has countless children beside Him. There are priests with crosses on their vestments.
Sometimes, numerous people are being robed in their wedding garments. Most are being released from Purgatory while some are welcomed straight into Heaven. They have won the victory in Christ. On Holy Days, Solemnities, and Feasts I have observed thousands worshipping the Lord at a giant cathedral. Breathtaking sights!
Often, a large white Host miraculously forms. A tiny heart travels through what appears to be the chambers of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
"Jesus-Host, whom I have this very moment received into my heart, through this union with You I offer myself to the heavenly Father as a sacrificial host, abandoning myself totally and completely to the most merciful and holy will of my God. From today onward, Your will, Lord, is my food. Take my whole being; dispose of me as You please. Whatever Your fatherly hand gives me, I will accept with submission, peace and joy. I fear nothing, no matter in what direction You lead me; helped by Your grace I will carry out everything You demand of me. I no longer fear any of Your inspirations nor do I probe anxiously to see where they will lead me. Lead me, O God, along whatever roads You please; I have placed all my trust in Your will which is, for me, love and mercy itself." -St. Maria Faustina Kowalska's Act of Oblation
May your Body, O Lord, which I have received and Your Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my inmost parts and grant that no stain of sin remain in me, whom these pure and holy Sacraments have refreshed: Who live and reign world without end. Amen.
“Sweetest Jesus, Body and Blood most Holy, be the delight and pleasure of my soul, my strength and salvation in all temptations, my joy and peace in every trial, my light and guide in every word and deed, and my final protection in death. Amen.” -St. Thomas Aquinas’ Short Prayer After Communion
O Most Blessed Sacrament of God the Father most holy, O Most Blessed Sacrament of God the Father divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be yours Almighty, Eternal Father for every moment thine. (Recited devoutly three times following Holy Communion)
St. Michael, "Who is like God," is the great defender of the Holy Eucharist, Our Lady, and the champion of the faithful in their battle with the powers of evil (Revelation 12:7-8). This prince of all the heavenly armies of angels is the safeguard of Christians and protector of the Catholic Church. As Holy Mass ends at Pope Leo XIII’s strong urging we pray ‘St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all evil spirits who roam now throughout this world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.’
Father, instill in the heart of the world a holy yearning to let Christ live. May each Sacrament of Holy Mother Church received, become defining, personal, spiritual, transforming summits with Jesus. Amen.
Christ remains sacramentally within you for about fifteen minutes. Stay, rest in and with Jesus, following your reception of His Body and Blood in Blest Holy Communion. “In the silence of the heart, God speaks and you have to listen. Then in the fullness of your heart, because it is full of God, full of love, full of compassion, full of faith, your mouth will speak.” –Blessed Mother Teresa
“Jesus’ prayer for mankind in the Book of John was that He desired that He and the Father would be One in them and they would live in the same love from Him that He got from the Father before the world began and they share the glory.
The glory is what is given to Daily Apostles because they embrace the True Presence in the Eucharist. The True Presence brings the Father because the Father and the Son are one. And Jesus always does what the Father tells Him.
To try to fathom the love is as impossible as understanding why God would offer His Only Beloved Son to die for mankind and shed His Blood. But the Blood is the offering, just as Abraham offered the blood of animals to the Father for the Covenant.
Trinity Apostles need only to connect with I AM Who Am Jehovah Jireh: the LORD GOD Our Provider to understand the Father and the Son are One. They connect in the Mass.
To become an Apostle one must embrace the Almighty, All-Knowing, All-Omnipotent God who rules the Universe through Divine Grace shed abroad in the hearts of men through love.
One must not be afraid to approach the Mercy Seat which contains Christ in all His glory. It is there that the shed Blood does its mightiest work. O that all mankind would embrace the Blood of Jesus given back to the Father as a Sacrifice, a propitiation for all sin.” –Jesus Christ, as revealed in Private Revelation to a Lay Franciscan
Jesus in the Tabernacle demands we teach others to genuflect to Him upon entering, leaving the pew. “Every genuflection honors God. He gives His blessing to the world.” –Pope John Paul II Bow in reverence as you approach the Sacred Altar. Jesus present in the Monstrance compels us to kneel on both knees upon entering, exiting, while in the pew, if able. Remember, holy silence in the Holy of Holies’ Real Presence! Serenity is the humble servant's pearl. The church foyer, social hall or going outside are the best places to renew acquaintances.
Lord Jesus, cover us with your Precious Blood. Holy Spirit, fill us with divine wisdom, spiritual courage, prudence, wonder. Almighty Father, establish Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in every Catholic Church and Christian Community. As we sing a new song of praise to you! Amen.
At the end of Mass the priest says, "Bow your head and pray for God's blessing. May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you, forever and ever. Amen." “Ita Missa Est!” "The Mass is over. Go in peace, glorifying the Lord with your life.” 'Thanks Be to God!'” We take the Eternal Word to the poor, the weary, and the broken-hearted.
The Most Blessed Trinity is the same yesterday and today. John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and cried out, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) At the Mass, -- the Paschal Lamb faces us – as the priest exclaims, “Behold, Jesus, the Lamb of God!”
John testified further saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, “On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit." Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” (John 1:32-34) Jesus is the Eternal Gateway. We must stay yoked to Christ.
God sets people free from sin, death! As Christ-centered hearts live their Baptismal Promises the Sacred Heart of Jesus is borne anew. Daily Apostles bear fruit ten-thousand fold practicing unconditional love, patient endurance in challenging circumstances.
St. Mary Magdalane, Apostle to the Apostles, never forsake the Lord Jesus once he exercised seven devils from her which represented the Seven Capital Sins. Few are the souls that are always watchful for divine graces, and even fewer of such souls who follow those inspirations faithfully – loving Christ as they must.
“Jesus, when You come to me in Holy Communion, You Who together with the Father and the Holy Spirit have deigned to dwell in the little heaven of my heart, I try to keep You company throughout the day, I do not leave You alone for even a moment. Although I am in the company of other people or with our wards, my heart is always united to Him. When I am asleep I offer Him every beat of my heart; when I awaken I immerse myself in Him without saying a word. When I awaken I adore the Holy Trinity for a short while and thank God for having deigned to give me yet another day, that the mystery of the incarnation of His Son may once more be repeated in me, and that once again His sorrowful Passion may unfold before my eyes. I then try to make it easier for Jesus to pass through me to other souls. I go everywhere with Jesus; His presence accompanies me everywhere.” –St. Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament
“This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand Repent, and believe in the gospel. (Mark 1:14) Permit the Holy Spirit to enkindle the fire of His love within you. Pass the torch! The Sacred Deposit of Faith!
Celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as your central activity. The Messiah will touch hearts, marriages, families, communities, nations, and the world. Follow Jesus of Nazareth! Like the prophet Samuel say, “Here am I Lord, speak for your servant is listening.”
A spiritually mature, seven-year old girl called EWTN’S Mother Angelica Live. The youth asked, “Mother, does my Guardian Angel lie prostrate as I kneel before God at Mass?” Mother Angelica's response, “You are well-informed. Yes my child your Guardian Angel is beside you lying face down.” She continued, “Five of our sisters and two religious brothers are prostrate before our Lord during the Consecration of the Mass.”
True blessedness is to hear the Word of God then do it with the eyes of faith, and the mind of Christ. “For nothing will be impossible for God." (Luke 1:37) Elizabeth was in her nineties before giving birth. Saul of Tarsus was a ruthless persecutor of ‘the Way’. St. Paul's life-changing encounter with Christ paved the way for him to become the greatest apostle. He affirms a new way of venerating Almighty God.
“Grace is the participation in the very presence of God.” -Mother M. Angelica. Faith made in fidelity to God‘s grace in every present moment brings you into Spiritual Communion. The greater your dependence on Jesus the nearer He draws you.
My Holy Spirit experience shook me to the ground. One weekday afternoon I was praying at a local Catholic parish. Rita, a dear sister in Christ came into God’s House. I got up and proceeded to ask her quietly, “Rita, would you like to pray the Rosary?” As she accepted we went to the front pew. Rita and I were beginning intercessory prayer following the Holy Rosary. Suddenly, one of the most beautiful, significant moments of my life occurred. My eyes began to flicker. I wasn’t sure what was happening. The Holy Spirit rushed upon me. The same Spirit God gave to Jesus He gives to His Apostles. To my knowledge no tongues as of fire came over me. My vision appeared blurred, Rita sounded distant.
This ‘great shaking’ lasted several minutes. I was completely re-energized. Forever changed. What an encounter with Almighty God! I could see Jesus’ face in the front of the Tabernacle. He was in our midst only a few feet away. I kept my gaze riveted on Jesus. Christ was looking at us from inside the Sanctuary of the Universal Church He established over two-thousand years ago. As tears of joy ran down my cheeks, I asked Rita, “Can you see Him, can you see Jesus? Rita, I can see Jesus’ face in the Tabernacle!” “No” Rita replied. She could not see Him. So I told her all about it.
Almighty God intensifies our Christian walk revealing Jesus, conferring His Spirit. Hearts, minds, souls, eyes are awakening worldwide to Christ the Eternal Light. The Holy Spirit is cleansing consciences, the core of every man and woman. Blessed Be the Lord!
The Holy Household of God is stabilizing humanity as the early Christian community did. Our Father continues His masterpiece each time you come to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Jesus, God the Father, Saint Michael the Archangel, Our Blessed Mother usually await me in vivid images within each Catholic Church. Jesus’ Holy Face is permanent in certain Tabernacles.
"There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him in the presence of all the people the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
"Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came from him and healed them all." (Luke 6:19) Touch Jesus, today! “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord!” Receive Him, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity! Place your hand upon the Tabernacle where the living candle lamp burns. Hear the Sacred Heart speak with you there.
My ‘yes’ to be the handmaid’s handmaid has been warmly accepted. The Mother of God loves you, me as if she bore us herself. The Spirit molds, leads, enables, encourages, commits me to true repentance, avoiding the occasion of sin, maintaining a clean heart, contrite spirit.
He began to teach them saying, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God!” (Matthew 5:8) Only one "whose heart is clean" can take part in temple worship. The pure-hearted behold Jesus face to face on earth and in the coming Kingdom.
"Whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
The glorious day will arrive. Christ Jesus stands upon the Altar among a myriad of angels with thousands of worshippers on bended knee declaring, "Jesus Christ is Lord!"
Jesus’ Crucified Face appeared to me on a Tabernacle at a Friday evening Mass. The irony was I saw Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ the next day. The resemblance was overwhelming. I cried tears of conversion.
Each Friday, I read, contemplate, and devote myself to the Lord’s Passion. Walk the Stations of the Cross with Christ on Good Friday. Lift Jesus to his feet as you assist him in carrying the Cross to Golgotha. Watch him getting nailed to the Cross. Remain with the Lord while he hangs there three agonizing hours for love of you. “It is finished” he says, drawing his last breath. Your heart is torn in two witnessing the Pieta, then helping place Jesus into the tomb.
“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, "Master, (then) what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world." Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words, yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.” (John 14:20-24)
God’s infinite merits are bestowed two ways. 1. Frequent grace- filled reception of the Holy Eucharist. 2. Embrace Christ on the Cross daily by firm self-denial. Jesus of Nazareth raises His outstretched arms to receive your charitable acts, almsgiving, penance, fasting.
Our Father lives among His Church family via the Holy Eucharist moment to moment day by day year in year out. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The Most Holy Trinity live their continued presence in, through and all-around us. Always seek them.
At the Transfiguration of Jesus, God the Father spoke from the cloud, saying “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5)
"He paid to the very last drop with the price of his most precious blood, the life of all God’s souls. The witness of our salvation; it was dripping the blood of God." Constantly choose to remain on the backside of the Cross with Christ. Anyone who ignores or rejects the Truth pays a tremendous price.
“Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they may be crimson red, they may become white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) God’s Living Sacrament of Reconciliation provides a shower of Divine Grace to those who respond with sincere repentance.
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even until the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
Jesus the Miracle Maker in the Holy Eucharist carries out the Will of His Father giving us this day His whole-hearted belief, knowledge, redemptive suffering, and eternal hope.
Rediscover, unpack the great Mystery of Faith. "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” “Surrender all to Divine Mercy, My Father’s Will.” At the Mass we enter the Kingdom of God in the present moment.
Daily Apostles are reverent watchmen of the Great One. Divine light steadily grows in their soul. As God’s peace envelops them they live authentic devotion to the Holy Eucharist.
Meanwhile, satan deceives people who habitually choose secular, excessive, selfish, disobedient, wicked pursuits. They miss the Bridge, Jesus Christ Himself. Lord, shine your face on these outsiders. “To pray for those who are in mortal sin is the best kind of almsgiving. For the love of God, always remember such souls when you pray”. -St. Theresa of Avila
Pray the Daily Mass with a Christ-alive heart, Spirit-filled trust, endless thanksgiving, genuine worship; conscious the Most Holy Trinity is with you. Like St. Peter at the Transfiguration, let us say, “Lord, it is good that we are here.”
Comprehending God’s existence in the Most Blessed Sacrament is Heavenly Grace. Jesus develops the great crescendo. Residing in each Roman Catholic Church Sanctuary, the Mass is the constant in God’s plan for salvation. We become Eucharist -- the living bread, the precious blood -- for others. “I extend to you the special blessing of Mary, Mother of the Holy Eucharist.”
“We have just heard in the Gospel that those who surrender to the service of the people through the love of Christ will live like the grain of wheat that dies. This hope comforts us as Christians. We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin is an effort that God blesses, wants, and demands. We have the security of knowing that what we plant, if nourished with Christian hope, will never fail. This Holy Mass, this Eucharist, is clearly an act of faith. This body broken and blood shed for human beings encourages us to give our body and blood up to suffering and pain, as Christ did – not for self, but to bring justice and peace to our people. Let us be intimately united in faith and hope at this moment.” – Archbishop Oscar Romero’s last words prior to his martyrdom
Hand on your living faith, firm hope, holy boldness, and mutual charity. Help others bring multitudes to Christ the Rising Son. Imagine everyone in darkness having their consciences awakened singing Veni Creator: in their spiritually righteous cathedrals.
Almighty God depends on you. Provide solid catechesis, sound doctrine, and authentic witness to souls who are to receive the grace of conversion. Daily Apostleship preserves the culture.
Instill the heavenly perspective. Spiritually mentor: keep Christ in the public square, on our streets, inside schools, universities. Put your Christian beliefs into action. Ask, where is God leading you? Have you considered a religious vocation? Works of merciful love help restore our beloved country to friendship with the Most Holy Trinity.
Parents, godparents, grandparents, teachers, sponsors, catechists, Directors of Religious Education: be exceptionally faithful to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Form your children, students in the School of Jesus. “Let the little children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom .of heaven belongs to such as these.” Parents, godparents it is imperative you fulfill your children’s Baptismal vows.
Raise Catholic Christian Citizens for Heaven; impacting three generations. The Holy Spirit provides Wisdom it is Jesus Christ. “Zeal for souls is the effect and the proof of true love of God. We cannot but be consumed with the desire for saving souls, the greatest and dearest interest of Jesus. Therefore, zeal is the test of love and the test of zeal is devotedness to His cause -- spending life and energy in the work of souls.”-Blessed Mother Teresa. Penance, penance, penance!
“God the Father, through his Son, the Virgin Mary's child, has brought joy to all Christian mothers, as they see the hope of eternal life shine on their children. May he bless the mother of this child. May she be one with her son (daughter) in thanking God forever in heaven, in Christ Jesus Our Lord. Amen.”
“God is the giver of all life, human and divine. May he bless the father of this child. He and his wife will be the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith. May they also be the best of teachers, living reflections of the Word of God, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do, in Christ Jesus Our Lord. Amen.”
Crossing the finish line, you will hear, “Come, Bride of Christ, and receive the crown, which the Lord has prepared for you for ever.” Jesus will say, Welcome my humble, obedient servant enter into the joy of My Father’s House.”
During the first 1100 years there was the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. They looked together with clear vision, making a procession to the Eucharistic Lord. This common interior worship of Life on High with Jesus literally needs to be reclaimed.
The Holy Liturgy communicates so eloquently our Father’s all-embracing love. The Sacred Body and the Sacred Blood of Jesus received in the Holy Eucharist is Medicine of Divine Immortality available to the Father’s sons and daughters. “Live your life as a sacrifice of praise for the salvation of the world” –Pope Benedict XVI
“The Liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the Sacrifice, and to eat the Lord's Supper.
The Liturgy in its turn moves the faithful, filled with "the Paschal Sacraments", to be "one in holiness"; it prays that "they may hold fast in their lives to what they have grasped by their faith"; the renewal in the Eucharist of the covenant between the Lord and man draws the faithful into the compelling love of Christ and sets them on fire.
From the Liturgy, therefore, and especially from the Eucharist, as from a font, grace is poured forth upon us; and the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God, to which all other activities of the Church are directed as toward their end, is achieved in the most efficacious possible way" (Sacrosanctum Concilium Chpt1 #10 Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy – Second Vatican Council).
"If the poison of pride is swelling up in you, turn to the Eucharist; and that Bread, Which is your God humbling and disguising Himself, will teach you humility. If the fever of selfish greed rages in you, feed on this Bread; and you will learn generosity. If the cold wind of coveting withers you, hasten to the Bread of Angels; and charity will come to blossom in your heart.
If you feel the itch of intemperance, nourish yourself with the Flesh and Blood of Christ, Who practiced heroic self-control during His earthly life; and you will become temperate. If you are lazy and sluggish about spiritual things, strengthen yourself with this heavenly Food; and you will grow fervent.
Lastly, if you feel scorched by the fever of impurity, go to the Banquet of the Angels; and the spotless Flesh of Christ will make you pure and chaste." -St. Cyril of Alexandria
“Take heart, my other self.” In the name of Jesus – the living dead rise; spiritual famine is abolished; the Era of Peace flourishes; souls are reenergized; Life is triumphant; Universal Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration brings about eternal beatitude. Hallelujah!
Jesus, the Great Lover, lavishes His chosen ambassadors with the Sacramental Life, the soul of the New Jerusalem, leaven for humanity. "But I will leave as a Remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, Who shall take refuge in the name of the Lord: the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; Nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue; They shall pasture and couch their flocks with none to disturb them.
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty Savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. Zephaniah (3:12-14, 17) Rejoice, your name is in God‘s Book of Life! Our joy is in the Three Divine Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity!
During a homily, Fr. Chris Welch stated, "There are two reasons for missing the Mass. If the person you were attending to died today or you were going to die today.” The Word is made flesh at the Mass. I would not miss Mass my final day here. Mass would be celebrated in my room if need be. Otherwise, a priest would bring me Jesus In Viaticum – my Food for the journey.
I have taken people near death to the Holy Mass. They received the Sacrament of Reconciliation; Anointing of the Sick; and Holy Eucharist. Nothing could stop them. Some died within a few days after Jesus restored them to the state of Sanctifying Grace.
I regularly visit nursing homes, hospitals. Family members request their loved one receive the Sacraments. I notify the chaplain. In an emergency, I contact the on-call priest.
Father, may every Daily Apostle revere Jesus as Our Blessed Mother; leaping for joy each time we meet our Redeemer as John the Baptist did in St. Elizabeth's womb. Fully live the Trinitarian Life helping inspire many priestly and consecrated religious vocations. Reach out to all so the power of the Consecrated Host and the Precious Blood helps them achieve their eternal destiny. We ask this in the Most Holy Name of Jesus though the Intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Americas, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Amen.
The Cleansing of the Temple Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, “It is written: My house is a house of prayer (for all nations), but you are making it a den of thieves.” The blind and the lame approached him in the temple area and he cured them.
Mount Zion is the place which God’s blessings affect the lives of humans for there Israel’s God dwells! Have your daily audience with Jesus acknowledging Christ truly present in the Holy Eucharist within the Father’s House of Prayer!
Lovingly bring Christ, His Real Presence, from the Church, into the world. For you are His hands and His feet and His voice and through your example of loving kindness you will help Him to draw all men to Himself. In this you will bring the Heavenly Father to the earth and aid in accomplishing the Will of God.
ANIMA CHRISTI is a 14th century prayer. Widely used today; after receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ in Holy Communion .
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body
of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee, That with all Thy saints I may praise thee
Forever and ever. Amen.
Canticle of Zecariah
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for He hath visited, and redeemed His people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us: in the house of His servant David;
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy Prophets: which have been since the world began;
That we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hands of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers: and to remember His holy
covenant; To perform the oath which He swore to our forefather Abraham: that
He would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies: might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him: all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before
the face of the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto His people: for the remission of their sins;
Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the day-spring from on high
hath visited us; To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow
of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.