Defending the Real Presence: Two True Stories

It happened once in the Netherlands that two ladies, a Catholic and a Protestant, were disputing on the subject of the Real Presence. The Protestant asserted that the Real Presence was impossible. The Catholic asked her: “Have you Protestants any creed in your religion?” “Oh, to be sure,” said the Protestant; and she began to…

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The Blessed Eucharist and the Real Presence

Our true country is Heaven, and as long as we are living on earth, we are captives and exiles. We are far from Jesus Christ, our King; far from Mary, our good Mother; far from the Angels and Saints of Heaven; and far from our dear departed friends. But very many Christians are also, in…

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Meditation on the Vestments of the Mass

You may ask, dear Reader, if Our Lord also ordained the ceremonies of Mass.  I answer, “No.”  He instituted only the essential arts of the Mass.  He left it to His Church to prescribe the rites and ceremonies to be observed in its celebration. However, most of the ceremonies of Mass are of great antiquity,…

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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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Holy Thursday Meditation on the Blessed Eucharist

At length the long-looked-for day came. At the Last Supper Jesus took bread and blessed and gave to His disciples and said: “Take ye and eat, for this is My body.” Then taking the chalice, He gave thanks and gave to them, saying, “Drink ye all of this, for this is My Blood of the…

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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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