The Happy Priest - God is With Us: The Gift of the Holy Eucharist
with us throughout our entire existence; believe that the Father sent his only Son to save us from our sins; and believe that this Son is truly with us in the miracle of the Eucharist.
However, do we really believe in miracles?
The Eucharist is the most visible miracle known to the human person.
Thousands anxiously seek strange devotions and apparent extraordinary phenomena. But Jesus is really with us. Why don't we go to Mass every day? Why don't we make visits to the Blessed Sacrament? It is because we really don't believe. We believe that God is a distant God. But, he is not distant. He is really with us.
What a consoling thought. God is with us. We can say goodbye to all of our anxieties.
In this Sunday's first reading from the Book of Kings, Elijah had had enough. ".but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat" (1 Kings 19: 5).
The lesson is clear. We will find strength for the journey of life through the Eucharist. The more intense our Eucharistic life is the greater strength we will receive.
"There is no surer pledge or clearer sign of this great hope in the new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells, than the Eucharist. Every time this mystery is celebrated the work of our redemption is carried on and we break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1405).
The intense battle of our secular culture against Christianity and the dramatic unraveling of order will become even more intense. Deacon Keith Fournier continually reminds us that we are living in a new missionary age.
The way that you can live a life filled with profound Christian joy and hope is to center your life on the Eucharist.
Daily Mass; adoration; visits to the Blessed Sacrament: that's the answer. At the tabernacle and at the altar is where we need to be. It is Jesus who will give us the strength that we need to resist the culture of death and transform it into the culture of life.
Perhaps the one thing that is going to save our beloved nation from self-destruction is the constant and authentic smile of every disciple who truly believes that God is truly with us through the mystery of faith, the awesome gift of the Holy Eucharist.
Let the name of Jesus be praised now and forever, and may many souls find salvation in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
"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).
How awesome is our Catholic Faith.
Father James Farfaglia, is a contributing writer for Catholic Online and author of Get Serious! - A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Sunday homily, catholic spirituality, father james farfaglia, deacon keith fournier, eucharist, mass, adoration, pope benedict, miracles, hope, joy
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