Tag Archives: Eucharist

True Beauty

  I sat in the darkness, praying in adoration with over one hundred high schoolers. The monstrance holding the Eucharist was a beautiful, golden cross surrounded by a table of candles and spotlights drawing your attention to Jesus in the … Continue reading

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The Bread, The Wine, and The Lamb

Part Three of an eight-part series of reflections on Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Holy Thursday is the celebration of the Last Supper: a Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples. While this may seem like a minor detail, it … Continue reading

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Catholic Guilt

There are several places in the Mass where Catholic Guilt seems to be promoted. I can see where it can be interpreted that way, but when you dive in a bit, the meaning really changes. For example, as the priest … Continue reading

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Behold the Man

There is a time in the Mass that recalls the moment when Jesus is brought out to the crowds by Pontius Pilate. The Eucharist is held up, broken, just as Jesus was presented by Pilate. He was beaten, bloodied, imprisoned, and … Continue reading

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Obey

  In general, we don’t like to be told that we have to obey something. Whether it be traffic laws, curfews, or rules of the house, when someone tells us that we “have” to do something, we tend to buck … Continue reading

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The Whole Picture

Okay, I couldn’t stay away until New Years… As I sat at Christmas Mass, I was struck by the breadth of it. We start by placing the baby in the manger, and sing with the choirs of angels – Holy, Holy, … Continue reading

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Reflection

Maximillian Kolbe was a priest in a concentration camp who volunteered to go to his death in place of a father who had been chosen.  As he and the other 9 were dying of starvation, he sustained them with joy, … Continue reading

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Communion

I serve communion at church, and I have to say it is a beautiful and often overwhelming experience.  Even watching as the congregation goes to communion is striking for me.  I see that we go to Jesus just as we … Continue reading

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