Apart from the Mass, the rosary is perhaps the most wellknown Catholic prayer. We pray the rosary while waiting for Mass to begin, when we are travelling, when we pray together as a family or neighbourhood group and when we gather at a funeral wake.
Although we recall the mystery of the Eucharist at every liturgy, the feast of Corpus Christi uniquely refocuses our vision. It reminds us all of our poverty and neediness. Spiritually, we cannot live without the nourishment of Christ. And it is by being fed with the Word of God in both the Scriptures and in the Sacrament that we receive life.
Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joy. So what are the similarities between the season of Advent and the season of Lent?
Penance offers us a unique opportunity to grow in our Christian life by taking up our cross and “dying to sin”. Penance is not a method or means toward self-perfection, but rather a joyful response to the gift of God’s life.
What is it about the Holy Mass that attracted the hearts of so many saints? Once one realises that Holy Mass has infinite worth, he is not surprised at the saints’ eagerness and care to attend it every day, and even more often when they could.
With Communion, Jesus enters my heart and remains corporally present in me as long as the species (the appearance) of bread lasts. How can we prepare ourselves to receive Christ and to offer thanksgiving in exchange for His love?
What is the Latin Mass (EF or Extraordinary Form)? Can it be celebrated in our Archdiocese and what are its roots here?