Eucharist

Making a Plan for Advent

I heard someone point out once that most of us generally celebrate two seasons – Lent and not-Lent. When Lent rolls around, we have the sense that we need to make a plan. How often we hear the week before Lent from someone: “I need to decide what I’m going to do for Lent.” We decide to live the season […]

Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

"Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (detail) by van Eyck

For Americans, the term “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games.  These are “traditions” that have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life by President Abraham Lincoln. But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday? Because it was clear to him that the blessings of food, land, […]

Daily Quote — St. Albert the Great

St. Albert the Great

Writing on the Lord’s gift of the Eucharist… “He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this Sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this Sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it […]

How Much the Father Loves Us

While on pilgrimage recently in Italy, I took my group of pilgrims to several places that centered around miraculous events, including the first documented Eucharistic miracle, the Holy House in Loreto, another Eucharistic miracle in Siena, and the Veil of Manoppello. It is well worth your time to read about even one of these miracles, and perhaps it was almost […]

What are the Obstacles Between Men and Christ?

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As long as we live in the world our life is a constant struggle between love for Christ or giving into lukewarmness, to our passions, or to comfort seeking, which destroys love. Faithfulness to Christ is forged each day by struggling against what separates us from him, and by an effort to make progress in virtue. Then they will be […]

John 6 and Your Eucharistic Faith

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Four Sundays ago, I mentioned here that the liturgical calendar of the Church was taking a short break from the Gospel of Mark, which we had been hearing this year at Sunday Mass. Next Sunday, we will return to Mark’s Gospel. Counting today, we have spent five consecutive Sundays hearing from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. Its content has been […]

Intentional Discipleship Renewed Daily

Photography © by Andy Coan

Christians are called to be not just believers, but intentional disciples who make a conscious decision to follow Jesus and him alone.  But discipleship can’t be a one-time decision.  As in a marriage, the commitment must be renewed daily. This post is on Christian discipleship as an intentional exclusive commitment similar to marriage which disciples renew every day.  It  reflects […]

To Whom Should We Go?

This Sunday, we are given a choice. We can stay or we can go. As we finish the Bread of Life discourse, we see the result of the hard teaching that Jesus has been preaching the last few Sundays. “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.” […]

Real Presence, Real Life

Photography © Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart

Do you believe that the Eucharist is truly the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ?   A recent poll indicated that sixty percent of Catholics do not believe, are not sure or simply don’t know.  That leads us to a second question. If you don’t believe that the Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ, or you’re […]