Peace is normally defined as an absence of war, violence, or disturbance. We experience a lack of peace not only in our world, but often within ourselves, yet Jesus offers His peace to His followers—but what does the peace of Christ “look like”?
Jesus came, not only to take away anxiety, fear, and confusion in our hearts but also to fill us with Hislife. We experience peace in Adoration because there is an absence of noise and distraction but we experience the peace which Christ offers, because Jesus is present there. Our problems do not go away, but we recognize that Jesus is with us in our struggle.
Catholic worship excites the senses with movement and color, incense and music — the “smells and bells” of tradition. This is because we bring the entirety of ourselves to prayer: body and soul. Posture marks the solemnity and reverence of certain moments — for instance, standing at the proclamation of the Gospel and kneeling for the consecration. Music enhances our participation as well, bringing the assembly’s voices together in unity as the People of God come together in divine worship.READ MORE
When we go to Mass we are offering God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for all that He has done for us and all that He continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also a prayer of thanksgiving. When you find it difficult to pray or do not know what to say to God why not count your blessings? Try to think about the ways God has blessed you today, in this week, in this year. Once you begin to recognize the many ways God is already blessing you, your heart will overflow with praise.
The fundamental insight: Sacramental signs and symbols are filled with Jesus. More than mere mental reminders, and more effective than simple pointers that direct us elsewhere, liturgical sacraments and sacramentals unite heaven and earth in the Person of Christ. The principal activity: As you approach the main entrance — don’t go in the side door! — bear in mind that you approach Christ “the door,” our access to the Father. Jesus “stands at the door and knocks” (Rev. 3:20), awaiting our entry. Let us “go within his gates, giving thanks,” and “enter his courts with songs of praise” (Ps. 100:4).READ MORE
In prayer we allow Jesus to love us. Our desire to love Jesus is in direct proportion to our recognition of His greatpersonal love for us. This is why looking at God’s action in our lives, both in the past and presently, is so important.If God continually reminded the Israelites of old to remember His works, it was to fortify them in the truththat He loved them and would always provide for their needs. When we look at our own lives we too can see howtime and again God has provided for us super-abundantly. The more we recognize how much God has loved us,protected us, and guided us, the more we will grow in our love for Him since gratitude is the beginning of love.May we continually go to prayer to receive love so as to make a return of love.
Prayer involves all of our senses. It involves being alive to touches of God’s grace everywhere around and within us. Color in a church is more than decoration. In public worship, it has a role similar to music, art and architecture of a church — to teach, to inspire, to help gather our thoughts.
Green is used as a liturgical color during the weeks known as Ordinary Time. Generally, this period of time occurs from the end of the Christmas season until the beginning of Lent, and from the end of the Easter season until the beginning of Advent. Far from being a filler between other liturgical seasons, Ordinary Time has its own meaning, signified by its own color.READ MORE