In recent years, there has been evidence of a decline in reverence and respect shown to the Blessed Sacrament, which unfortunately and unintentionally is a result of reforms made post Vatican II. Reception of the Eucharist in the hand was introduced, altar rails were taken away, and even stand-alone kneelers were eventually phased out. Standing … Continue reading Showing Proper Reverence to the Blessed Sacrament
Because it is the month of the Blessed Sacrament, I thought I’d share my post from last year about worthy reception of Communion and why it’s important. Once Joe Biden became our president, the question of his receiving the sacrament once again came into the news and so it is helpful to once again revisit … Continue reading Why Denying Communion to Those Who Break Away from Catholic Teaching is Practical and an Act of Mercy
Via Catholic Restoration THE MONTH OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Since the 16th-century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The Church traditionally encouraged the month of April for increased devotion to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. “The Church in the course of the centuries has introduced various forms of this Eucharistic worship which … Continue reading April Devotion: The Most Blessed Sacrament
Happy Easter everyone! This is my reflection from a couple of years ago but it is just as prevalent today. He is truly risen, alleluia, alleluia! He is not here, He is risen. Behold the place where they laid Him.Mark 16:6 Happy Easter! My family and I had the privilege to attend the Easter Vigil … Continue reading Easter Sunday: Alleluia! He is Risen!
It can be tempting on this day to jump straight to Easter. But it's important to take this day to meditate on the Lord's Passion and Death and wait prayerfully for the Resurrection. On this day, Christ descended to the gates of hell in order to free those who died a just death under the … Continue reading Holy Saturday: Waiting at the Tomb
What do you think of when you see a crucifix? On Good Friday, we are invited to spend the day gazing upon Jesus Christ on the cross and meditating on what He has done for us and the price He paid for our salvation. Yesterday, on Holy Thursday, we celebrated the Mass of the Last … Continue reading Good Friday: Gazing Upon the Crucified Christ/The Seven Last Words
Now that we have completed the celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper in most places and commemorated the institution of both the priesthood and the Eucharist that Christ gave to us out of love for us and to keep Him with us until the end of time, it is time to enter the … Continue reading Holy Thursday and Entering into the Garden with Jesus
As we prepare to begin the Sacred Triduum, I would like to share with you links to the Stations of the Cross with reflections by St. Alphonsus Liguori as well as the Seven Dolors of Mary. These are a beautiful way to enter into both the Passion of Our Lord and reflect on the sufferings … Continue reading Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) by St. Alphonsus Liguori and the Seven Dolors (Sorrows) of Mary