Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Food for Thought

Then Jesus said to them: "Amen, amen, I say unto you: unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up in the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent me and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, the same also shall live by me.This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers ate manna and are dead. He that eats this bread shall live for ever."

Gospel of St.John 6: 53-58


Recently, during the Corpus Christi Mass, my Bishop in his sermon made a very interesting point regarding the Eucharist. He said, "When we go up and receive Holy Communion it is not just us who are receiving Christ into our body but rather also Christ who is receiving us into His."

Now if we think about it in a more down to earth manner, if we in receiving Christ are being received into His body should we not be as clean ourselves as we would like when we receive our own food?

If you ever noticed; most of the time before our food is taken into ourselves it is cleansed first with water and then over a fire (or heat).

It is the same with us and Christ, before we let ourselves enter in union with Christs' body we should first receive absolution through the sacrament of confession( cleansing by water) and then followed by penance for our sins ( fire). In this way we will make good supplements in Christs' body and not end up as cancerous cells that causes nothing but hurt to our sweet Jesus.

Also in my observation and contemplations I cannot bear but wonder at the unsound judgment of Catholics these days. Why is it that when the Eucharist is exposed in the monstrance we show such reverence but when Christ is exposed before us during Holy Communion we treat Him so superficially? What is the difference between the contents of the monstrance and the communion bread?

Before I end I would like to also give you a little something to think about. Whenever you receive the Eucharist in Holy Communion just imagine yourself as a tabernacle, a monstrance, that is now housing the Blessed Sacrament. How we adore the Eucharist when it is exposed to us, should we not treat our own bodies in the same holiness and reverence? (How we dress: do we protect our modesty? How we speak: do we speak using foul, reckless and uncouth language? What we think and watch: are we constantly being filled with impurities in thought by what we watch or read? etc.)

St. Thomas Aquinas and St.Gemma Galgani Ora Pro Nobis.

Ad Jesum per Mariam

Sunday, June 13, 2010

BBQ Session

Hello dear brothers and sisters in Christ! Hope u guys are enjoying your holidays now. :)

Just to let you guys know there will be a bbq session on the 17th of June.Which is this coming thursday.

Location: Janice's place ( Somewhere in CCK)
Meeting place: Keat Hong Control station (LRT)
Purpose:Bonding session
BBQ time start:5 to 5.30pm
Estimated time end:10pm
Attire: Anything.lol. If u guys want swim or what just bring extra clothes) :)
Price: Keep in view (Maybe ard 10 to 15 dollars)

Hope u guys would come! Especially freshies, its a good time to have fun,relax and get to know one another more! Hope to see u guys soon! :)

Any questions feel free to contact any of the ex-co members or leave a message at the tagboard. :)

God bless u!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Feast of the Corpus Christi

Solemnity of Corpus Christi. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. However this is a movable feast. For places that do not have the Feast of Corpus Christi as a day of obligation, it is celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

May our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time!

O Sacrament most holy! O Sacrament Divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

The indulgenced ejaculations express admirably the scope and the purpose of the present Feast, i.e. to glorify the Blessed Sacrament, and to bring souls to the feet of Jesus, the Divine Lover of souls.

Collect from the 2002 Roman Missal

Lord Jesus Christ, You gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of Your suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of Your Body and Blood help us to experience the salvation You won for us and the peace of the kingdom where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect from the 1962 Roman Missal

O God, who under a wonder Sacrament has left us a memorial of your passion: grant us, we beseech you, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may ever feel within us the fruits of your redemption. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

Do you all find the collect (a.k.a opening prayer) from the 1962 Roman Missal familiar? =P

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Eucharist

1324 The Eucharist is "source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."

1325 "The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit."

1326 Finally, by the Eucharistic Celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.

1327 In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: "Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking."

Below is the Pange Lingua, written by St. Thomas Aquinas, who was given the task of composing hymns for the celebration of Corpus Christi, by Pope Urban IV. The better known Tantum Ergo (Down in adoration falling) actually forms the last two verses of the Pange Lingua.

Why he so liddat?

Why he so liddat?? From the website http://10minutelectures.wordpress.com/ which teaches catholic teachings thru short videos. Very enriching.