Blesseds Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi

02-24-2019Liturgy CornerMichael R. Heinlein

Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi have the distinction to have been the first married couple jointly beatified by the Church, sharing the same necessary miracle attributed to their intercession. In many ways, their beatification was seen as a fruition of the Second Vatican Council’s desire for all the baptized to understand their call to holiness. As Pope St. John Paul II said in his homily at their 2001 beatification, “Today the aspiration of the Council is fulfilled with the first beatification of a married couple. Their fidelity to the Gospel and their heroic virtues were verified in their life as spouses and parents.”

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How to Receive

02-17-2019Eucharistic Adoration

“Be still and know that I am God.”—Psalm 46:10

Perhaps Adoration can seem counter-intuitive. All day long at work and in school we are expected to pay attention and to be productive. We can even begin to measure success by how much we are able to accomplish.

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Why the Pelican with Chicks is a symbol of the Eucharist

02-17-2019Liturgy CornerFather Van Sloun

An image of a mother pelican with her chicks is carved into the capital on top of a pillar at the Cenacle, the upper room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem where tradition holds that Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and instituted the Eucharist. It is the only artwork in the entire room, and it is singularly appropriate because it is a symbol for Jesus and the Eucharist.

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The Fruits of the Eucharist

02-10-2019Liturgy CornerRev. Father Rafael Ibarguren, EP

In previous meditations we have addressed the fascinating topic of the fruits of the Eucharist, although not in an exhaustive form because, how can we cover something so unspeakable? However, we can outline some basic concepts that may be helpful for the faithful. We will only address this vast subject of the Eucharistic mystery in what the fruits of sacramental communion is concern.

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No Eye Has Seen

02-10-2019Eucharistic Adoration

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.”—Hebrews 11:1

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Calm in the Storm

02-03-2019Eucharistic Adoration

“O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, behold I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.”—Isaiah 54:11

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This fragrant element of our Catholic heritage dates to millennia before Christ.

02-03-2019Liturgy Corner Larry Peterson

For me, there is something about the smell of freshly burned incense filling the church that is spiritually uplifting. But where did it come from and why do we use it? The use of incense in religious worship started more than 2,000 years before Christianity even began. The use of incense in China is documented before 2000 BC. Trade in incense and spices was a major economic factor between east and west when caravans traveled the Middle Eastern Incense Route from Yemen through Saudi Arabia. The route ended in Israel and it was here that it was introduced to the Roman Empire.

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