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"The only cure for sagging of fainting faith is Communion. Though always Itself, perfect and complete and inviolate, the Blessed Sacrament does not operate completely and once for all in any of us. Like the act of Faith it must be continuous and grow by exercise. Frequency is of the highest effect. Seven times a week is more nourishing than seven times at intervals. Also I can recommend this as an exercise (alas! only too easy to find opportunity for): make your communion in circumstances that affront your taste. Choose a snuffling or gabbling priest or a proud and vulgar friar; and a church full of the usual bourgeois crowd, ill-behaved children - from those who yell to those products of Catholic schools who the moment the tabernacle is opened sit back and yawn - open necked and dirty youths, women in trousers and often with hair both unkempt and uncovered. Go to communion with them (and pray for them). It will be just the same (or better than that) as a mass said beautifully by a visibly holy man, and shared by a few devout and decorous people. (It could not be worse than the mess of the feeding of the Five Thousand - after which [our] Lord propounded the feeding that was to come.)"

--J.R.R. Tolkien on the Eucharist
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Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us see Him in lowliness, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.
– St. Francis of Assisi
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Pope faces the East and the Cross and turns back on congregation in old Mass ritual January 13, 2008


Pope Benedict XVI celebrated parts of Sunday's Mass with his face looked up the East and the Cross and his back turned on the congregation, re-introducing an old ritual that had not been used in decades.

The Pope used the Sistine Chapel's ancient altar set right against the wall under Michelangelo's dramatic depiction of the Last Judgment, instead of the altar placed on a mobile platform that allowed his predecessor John Paul II to face the faithful.

A statement by the Vatican's office for liturgical celebrations said it had been decided to use the old altar, where ballots are placed during papal elections, to respect "the beauty and the harmony of this architectonic jewel."

That meant that for the first time in this kind of celebration since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Pope turned his back on the faithful and faced the East and the Cross. He also read his homily from an old wooden throne on the left of the altar used by Pius IX in the 19th century.

The Pontiff is slowly reintroducing some of the old rituals phased out after Vatican II, which substituted Latin for local languages, modernized the Church and encouraged inter-religious dialogue.

In July, the Pope issued a decree allowing wider use of the old Latin Mass, in what was regarded as a nod to Church traditionalists. He has also said he would like the centuries-old Gregorian chant to make a comeback.

During Sunday's mass commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ, which was celebrated in Italian, the Pope baptized 13 babies, carefully pouring water on their heads from a golden shell.

He spoke about the significance of baptism, which marks the admission of a person in the community of Christians.

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"Certainly amongst all devotions, after that of receiving the sacraments, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds the first place, is the most pleasing to God, and the most useful to ourselves. Do not then, O devout soul, refuse to begin this devotion; and forsaking the conversation of men, dwell each day, from this time forward, for at least half or quarter of an hour, in some church, in the presence of Jesus Christ under the sacramental species. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord."

- St. Alphonsus Ligouri

the communion is corruptible and incorruptible simultaneously

Concerning the question about peacock as the symbol of resurrection in close connection with the tradition about incorruptibility of peacock’s meat it must be remember the theological dispute on the same theme. In XII c. monk Michael Sikidit in his «Theological chapters to the unintelligible pages of Holy Scripture» expressed persuasion that the communion is corruptible and incorruptible simultaneously: it is corruptible after sacring before eucharist, and it is incorruptible immediately after the eucharist. Before priest or layman tasted the Holy Sacrament, it is as passive and mortal, as it was subjected to suffering and death, when Eucharist was established on by the Lord’s Supper. It is truly divided, it is crushed and eats up by the teeth of communicats. But as it rose in incorruptibility, impassivity and glory after death on the cross and burial, so it occurs also in the Liturgy, when having been buried in communicat it rises immediately in the glory, being connected with the essence of the soul of communicat, granting it to its incorruptibility and renew it to the eternal life.
This impious person - monk Michael Sikidit - taught together with other absurdities that the Holy Sacrament and Lord’s blood given to us in the communion are corruptible and it forms only the victim, deprived of reason and of soul, and that in the sacrament of communion we do not assume entire Christ, but only His part, and which therefore- that expanded in communion is material, it is mortal, it is subjected to a touch and a feeling of sight. 

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Abortion is a big topic in today’s society.
It’s wrong, and kills a life, not given a chance to survive.
Pro-choice: it’s your own decision, my parents don’t even have to know, I screwed up, but don’t want to pay the price… so we’ll destroy the evidence… it’s not a life, it’s just a blob of cells, it doesn’t mean anything.
I am Pro-life, and proud to be.
Decisions, decisions… you play, you pay for it. That “blob of cells”, if given the chance, could have been one of America’s greatest leaders, the next Nashville Star, the scientist that discovered the long-awaited cure for cancer…but…
It’s just a blob of cells, so we’ll flush it out of my body and down the toilet like a lifeless tissue paper.

You destroyed my dreams
Made me feel worthless and scared
I felt trapped for the longest time, like I’d never be set free.
Everywhere I turned was a trap door with no knob.
Even after you died, I was still trapped inside the negativity zone that you had created for me.
New friends helped, and made me see…
But you still kept haunting me.
I met Jesse; the love of my life… but that was a short-lived relationship because the Lord took him away.
Sue is my best friend, she cares for me a lot, and helps me push past the negative barriers you put up around me.
You thought you had done me over, had me ruined… and you did.
Then I recruited a new army of friends, and now Sue and I are destined to conquer over this battle, and claim Victorious over your stupidity and jealousy.
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Scary, sad
Confusing, depressing, life-changing
Guns, pills, knives, blood

Big, special
Helpful, friendly, loving
Friends, spiritual, caring, music

Will soon be gone
The summer sun came down
Sunlight, swimming and fun

I see the world,
Through the eyes of a friend
Laughter, music, singing and fun
Jesse’s View.
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+ Hello,
My name is Mandy and i am new to your community.  I have a very deep devotion to the Holy Eucharist and spend many hours in my parish's Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.  I have the 3-4PM hour on Sunday's and the 4-5PM on Thursdays, and am the hour captain for the 3-4PM and 8-9PM hours, which means that if someone that has that hour cannot make it i either have to fill in for them or find them a replacement using the sub sheet.  I love our Lord and the Eucharistic sacrifice he made for us, very dearly.


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Belief in the Eucharist is a treasure we must seek by submissiveness, preserve by piety, and defend at any cost. Not to believe in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest of misfortunes.
– St. Narcissus