The Mystery of the Holy Trinity

05-30-2021Liturgy CornerFr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.

The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Chris. an faith and life...the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them" (CCC 234). It is one of the mysteries of faith "that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God" (CCC 237, quoting Dei Filius 4). And once this mystery is revealed to us in God's divine goodness, even though it seems an impenetrable paradox — one God in three Persons — we recognize that the reality of the Triune God is exactly what we need...what we were made for.

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The Holy Spirit

05-23-2021Liturgy Corner

The Holy Spirit is often pictured as a dove, a gust of wind, or even a tongue of fire. In truth these are fragmentary symbols which reveal something, but not the whole, of who the Holy Spirit is.

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, but one without a body. Jesus alone is both human and divine, becoming incarnate of the Virgin Mary. Yet we can still be in relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the apostles, “The Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name, He will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (John 14:26).

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Why The Ascension of the Lord Matters

05-16-2021Liturgy CornerBishop Robert Barron

The feast of the Ascension of the Lord, which the church celebrates at the end of the Easter season, is, I admit, hard to explain to a lot of contemporary people. Jesus passed, in bodily form, from this world to heaven? Wouldn’t his body still be in some identifiable place within the solar system or the galaxy? I’m sure that the traditional formulation of the doctrine strikes many today as hopelessly pre-scientific and mythological. And even if we were to admit the possibility of such a transition happening in regard to Jesus, how would this in any way affect us spiritually?

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Look Upon Our God

05-16-2021Eucharistic Adoration

Heaven is the place where we shall behold the face of God unveiled. On this Earth we can also behold the face of God yetonly the eyes of faith are able to recognize Him. St. Thomas says that on the cross Jesus hid His divinity but in the EucharistHe hides both His divinity and His humanity. It is only through faith that we can look upon the white host and recognize theLord and giver of life, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen”—Hebrews 11:1. Maywe look upon our God with faith on this Earth so that we may behold Him in His glory in Heaven.

What can we offer?

05-09-2021Eucharistic Adoration

What can we offer to Jesus when we come before Him in Eucharistic Adoration? Praise for who He is andthanksgiving for what He has done. We can also express repentance for our sins and can trustinglyintercede on behalf of others. According to St. Teresa of Avila, prayer is “taking time frequently to be alonewith him who we know loves us.” When we come to the deep realization that God loves us, we willautomatically feel prompted to show forth praise and thanksgiving. We will seek to avoid anything whichcould separate us from God and will seek to draw others to Him as well. In Adoration we come to God withall that we have and we are loved in return.

Five Fascinating Facts about Jesus in the Eucharist

05-09-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Catholics believe Jesus is present in a unique way under the appearances of bread and wine. The Eucharist is a central teaching of the Catholic Church that is today often misunderstood. While it is easy to see how the Eucharist might symbolically represent Jesus’ Last Supper with his apostles, it isn’t always clear that Catholics believe Jesus is present in a unique way. For Catholics, the Eucharist is not merely a symbol, but Jesus Christ himself. Here is a brief summary of 4 fascinating facts about the Eucharist. 

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Why is May the Month of Mary

05-02-2021Liturgy CornerMarge Fenelon

It’s here.

May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics, and making vacation plans.

It’s also the Month of Mary.

Having gone to a Catholic grade school run by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, my early childhood memories include honoring Mary during May – a practice I’ve continued all of my life and taught my children to do as well. It’s as natural and essential to me as my morning coffee (only far, far more joy-filled if you can even imagine that).

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Come to God with all that you have

05-02-2021Eucharistic Adoration

What can we offer to Jesus when we come before Him in Eucharistic Adoration? Praise for who He is andthanksgiving for what He has done. We can also express repentance for our sins and can trustinglyintercede on behalf of others. According to St. Teresa of Avila, prayer is “taking time frequently to be alonewith him who we know loves us.” When we come to the deep realization that God loves us, we willautomatically feel prompted to show forth praise and thanksgiving. We will seek to avoid anything whichcould separate us from God and will seek to draw others to Him as well. In Adoration we come to God withall that we have and we are loved in return.