The Holy Eucharist – Past, Present, and Future

 In the Magnificat Antiphon for Second Vespers of the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church sings “O sacrum convívium, in quo Christus súmitur: recólitur memória passiónis eius: mens implétur grátia: et futúræ glóriæ nobis pignus datur, allelúia. / O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind…

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On Preparation for Communion

In order to receive the abundant fruits of the Holy Eucharist, a certain cooperation is required on the part of the receiver – not indeed that the efficacy of the Sacrament considered in itself depends at all on the recipient (this efficacy it has entirely from God) – but because its salutary effects in each…

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Effects of Holy Communion

There is a correspondence between the natural uses of the matter of the Sacraments and at least some of the effects they produce.  For example, an effect of Baptism is that one is born again as an adopted child of God.  When one is born naturally, one is wet.  When one is born again supernaturally,…

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On the Effects of Holy Communion

I am sure, dear Reader, that if you would once begin the practice of frequent Communion in order to please Our Lord, you would continue it in order to please yourself. I will now proceed to make good this assertion by showing the great and admirable effects which this Bread of the Strong produces in…

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The Holy Eucharist and the Parents of St. Thérèse

Zélie was so in love with the Holy Eucharist that, five weeks before her death, weakened by cancer, she still attended Mass. Throughout their lives, Louis and Zélie were ardent devotees of the First Friday Devotions. Only two centuries earlier, Our Lord had communicated to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque His great desire that the First…

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