Sunday, 23 October 2016

Our Sacramental Life

This is an excellent article on the Blessed Sacrament.

Here is a snippet of the article.

THE sacraments, as we know, are outward signs; and they give the grace which they signify. The Blessed Eucharist is received under the outward form of eating and drinking, and this signifies that the effect produced in our souls is like that produced in our bodies and in our natural life by the food and drink which we take. Through the sacrament of Baptism we received supernatural life.
Confirmation ratified the consecration given to our souls in Baptism, brought us into closer union with God, and called us to higher responsibilities in the supernatural order. Now every living being needs food, and the more active it is the more its energy needs to be restored and maintained by regular and suitable nourishment. This is none the less true of the supernatural life of the soul. We must grow in grace; we must have strength to practise high and difficult virtues; we must be able to resist those evil influences which are within us and all around us; and we must counteract what we may call the ordinary wear and tear to which we are subject-even spiritually-so long as we are on trial in this world.
We may, in a true sense, say that all sanctifying grace which we receive from God is food for our souls, because. by it our souls are strengthened and our supernatural life intensified. But God has given us one particular sacrament which is in a special sense the food of our souls, and the food which we receive in this sacrament is really and truly God Himself. Suppose that we had been allowed to plan for ourselves, and arrange the spiritual helps that were to be given to us to enable us to lead a holy life. Could we ever have dreamt that it would be possible for us to have our souls nourished by the very substance of Jesus Christ Himself' And even if the possibility of such a thing had crossed our minds, could we have dared to hope or expect that God would give us such a gift? Even though His infinite goodness and love were known to us, could we have imagined that God, Who had taken our nature in order to be more closely united with us, would go still further and give Himself to each of us, individually, under the appearance of corporal food?

Read the whole article here :

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Gift Divine -- All About the Doctrine of the Real Presence

I strongly believe that it is necessary for Catholics living in Metro Cities all across the world to develop an appreciation for the "Doctrine of the Real Presence".

This is the need of the Hour right now.

The Doctrine of the Real Presence is a "Heavenly Gift" in more ways than one.

Only the Catholic Church has the Unique Distinction of possessing it.

This article, is magnificent in more ways than one as it extols the Beauty and Depth of the Doctrine of the Real Presence.

Here is a snippet of the article.

ONE day more than nineteen centuries ago a man was preaching to an attentive group in the Jewish synagogue at Capharnaum, a city situated near the Lake of Genesareth in Palestine. He was Jesus, well known to the people of that region as a prophet who taught sublime doctrines and a lofty code of morality, proclaiming them to be the revelations of God Himself. To support His claim, He performed wondrous deeds which evidently could be accomplished only with the miraculous assistance of the Almighty. Even now, as He was speaking, His listeners recalled that two days previously He had fed a multitude of five thousand persons with five barley loaves and two fishes, and some even knew that afterwards He had walked upon the waters of the storm-tossed sea to meet His disciples struggling in their tiny boat. With these thoughts in mind to persuade them that when a man exercised such extraordinary power it must be that the God of truth was attesting the correctness of His statements, the people listened to an astounding promise from the lips of Him whom Catholics acknowledge as the Son of God made man.
'I am the bread of life; he that cometh to Me shall not hunger, and he that believeth in Me shall never thirst. . . . I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh, for the life of the world. . . . Amen, amen, I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink His blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood hath everlasting life, and I will raise him up in the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood abideth in Me and I in him (John vi. 35-57).

Read the whole article here :

Friday, 21 October 2016

An Apostle of Christ from the Land of the Rising Sun

He is a Martyr even though he was not killed for the faith.

He is a Martyr because despite his wealth and power he chose the path of Poverty, Humiliation, and Complete Obedience to God's Will.

His name is Justo Takayama Ukon.

He was a Feudal Lord who lived in Feudal Japan but who chose the "Rocky Road" over a life of comfort.

Ukon made a conscious choice to follow along the footsteps of the Crucified Jesus Christ.

He showed no hesitation in renouncing his high social status, his nobility, and wealth and comforts in order to maintain an intimate bond with Jesus Christ and be publicly faithful to the Gospel.

Ukon was a Samurai of Jesus Christ, who acted according to his conscience and fought the good battle -- A Non - Violent Battle as an ardent disciple of Jesus Christ.

Credits and References :

Newsbits -- Japan
Pages 31-32
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
March 2015
Vol - 16, N0-11


Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Floating Catholic Church

 A Group of Singaporeans holidaying in Cambodia were delighted when they came across a "Floating Catholic Church".

It was once a Karaoke Lounge, before Jesuit Priests bought it to serve the small number of Catholics in the village.

Jesuit Father Henri Bratasudarma is the Parish Priest of this Fascinating Church.

It has many floating villages and three of them have Catholic Communities. When Father Henri first arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia there were only 20 Catholics attending Mass on Sunday. Gradually, the number of Catholics attending Mass increased.

Father Henri is extremely grateful to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, as they went around visiting the poor in their habits. Their Presence was like an advertisement of the presence of the Catholic Church in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

After discussing the matter with the local Catholic Bishop, the Jesuit Priests decided to buy over the floating karaoke parlour and turn it into a centre of activities for the Catholic Community.

These include Adoration Sessions before the Holy Eucharist, Masses, Catechism, English and Khmer Lessons for Vietnamese Children and a day in a week when they feed "Rice Soup" to the poor.

Credits and References :

Newsbits -- Cambodia
Page 28
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
June 2007
Volume 9, N0-2


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ

The Devotion to the Holy Wounds and the following promises were revealed by Our Lord to Sister Mary Martha Chambon (1841-1907) of the Monastery of the Visitation of Chambery. The cause for her beatification was introduced in 1937.

Promises of Our Lord for those who practice this Devotion :

1. This Aspiration must often be repeated near the sick : My Jesus Christ, Pardon and Mercy through the merits of your Holy Wounds. This Prayer will bring solace to both soul and body.

2. A Sinner who will say, the following prayer will obtain conversion : Eternal Father, I offer you the wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of our souls.

3. At each word, that you pronounce of the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, I allow a drop of my Blood to fall upon the soul of a sinner.

4. Each Time, that you offer to my Father the merits of my divine wounds, you win an immense fortune.

5. Souls that have contemplated and honoured my Crown of Thorns on earth will be my Crown of Glory in Heaven !!

6. I will grant all that is asked of me, through the invocation of My Holy Wounds. With My Wounds and My Divine Heart, everything can be obtained.

7. Plunge your actions into my wounds, and they will be of value. All your actions, even the least soaked in my Blood will acquire by this alone an infinite merit and will please my Heart.

8. When you have some trouble, something to suffer, quickly place it in my Wounds and the pain will be alleviated.

The Chaplet of the Holy Wounds

On the Large Beads of the Rosary say the following

1. Eternal Father, I offer thee the wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of our souls.

On the Small Beads ( Say 10 Times)

2. My Jesus Christ, Pardon and Mercy through the Merits of thy Holy Wounds.

Credits and References :

Pilgrim's Guide to Paradise
By Flavio Raposo
Pages 50 -53
July 1999


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