Be Catholic!

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“Be a Catholic: When you kneel before an altar, do it in such a way that others may be able to recognize that you know before whom you kneel.”

St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Be Not Afraid to Converse With Him

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“Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the most tender of friends with souls who seek to please Him. His goodness knows how to proportion itself to the smallest of His creatures as to the greatest of them. Be not afraid then in your solitary conversations, to tell Him of your miseries, fears, worries, of those who are dear to you, of your projects, and of your hopes. Do so with confidence and with an open heart.”

St. Damien of Molokai

 

How To Manifest Our Love and Devotion

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“Our devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament must be true and tender; it must show itself by assisting at Holy Mass – not only on Sundays, but also on weekdays, as far as the duties of our state allow. Above all, our love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist must manifest itself by a frequent reception of Holy Communion, by visits to the ‘Prisoner in the Tabernacle,’ and by a penetrating faith in this Mystery of Love.”

Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B.

Your Tongue Is A Paten

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“O Jesus, when I receive Thee into my heart, I become like a tabernacle which contains the Blessed Sacrament. How chaste my body should be! How can I defile my soul with impure thoughts and desires, much less with sinful actions? Make my words and conversations clean, kind and proper, for my tongue touches They most pure Body and serves as a paten on which Thou does rest. I beg Thee to remain close to me when I am tempted; do not permit any serious sin to separate me from Thee.”

 

(Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. from A Novena of Holy Communions)

An Earthly Heaven

Heart-beat“Jesus, who knew the human heart so well, could not bear to see us pine [in this valley of tears] till the end of life, without at least a foretaste of heaven. His love for us suffered at the thought of having to delay so long the full and total gift of Himself to us. And so, in order that our exile might be endurable, that we might enjoy already on earth the inebriating perfume of the purity of paradise, that we might begin even in this place of trial to taste the happiness to be found in the possession of God, to satisfy His love and be our consolation, He created an earthly heaven: the Eucharist.

When we receive the Sacred Host, therefore heaven really comes to us and fills our hearts for all too short a time. Holy Communion is not only a remembrance and a hope, but a divine reality: it is heaven anticipated!”

(From The Holy Eucharist by Father Jose Guadalupe Trevino)
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