The Eucharist

God, Shockingly Small

“I must go out into nature,” said Aaser, “If I am to find my God. He doesn’t submit to be shut up in a low, narrow church built by men.” Paul thought it was rather nauseating to hear such things said. Besides, he had a vague suspicion that a God who submitted to confined in […]

A Reaction to the Most Essential Part of the Mass

—So he remained seated and felt pretty uncomfortable for a while. Now came the most essential part of the Mass. He tried to follow, but could not remember what the priest was saying or what his movements signified, though he had read about it once.— But in the stillness which suddenly filled the church, when […]

Conversion, Then Communion

It’s a very specific debate about whether conversion and repentance are necessary, not for community, but for communion: The reception of the eucharist, the body and blood of Christ, during the central act of Catholic worship, the sacrifice of the mass. And by claiming — or at least very strongly implying —that Jesus’s meals with sinners are the […]

Sacraments Illustrated

Two pictures from an illustrated Baltimore Catechism that I saw here. I like the caption on this one. I like the analogy used in this one.  

It’s Simple

Almost every week, I find a new book or a new resource or a new system designed to help the faithful grow closer to God, and I think, “Aha! This is the one that will finally make the difference!” But I think that what God is trying to tell me is, “Sweetheart, why are you making […]

The Eucharist is a Sword

The Eucharist is a sword. It is pointed at your heart. This is not a clever ploy of mine, and image I invented; it is pure scriptural logic. For the Eucharist is Christ, and Christ is the Word of God, and the Word of God is a sword. (Hebrews 4:12) A=B=C=D. —from Jesus Shock by […]

Adoration Prayer

O Lord, thank you for this hour of Eucharistic devotion. It comes as a time of peace, recollection, and healing. How privileged I am to spend an hour with you! It makes me feel like the apostles and the disciples who were able to speak quietly with you along the road, perhaps sitting under a […]