Understanding The Holy Mass

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“Understanding our Lives through the Holy Mass” : 

“Understanding our Lives through the Holy Mass”

Living according to the gift received. : 

Living according to the gift received. We live our lives depending on how we appreciate the gifts we have received… Sometimes we could live like plants… …other times, like animals… then as simple men simply living… and others, you and I, as God’s children.

Scriptures reveals the gift… : 

Scriptures reveals the gift… “And when the hour came, he sat at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." (…) And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And likewise the cup after supper, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Lk. 22:14-21)

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"This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.“ "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” The Gift…

Jesus Christ gives us a “miracle gift” : 

Jesus Christ gives us a “miracle gift” The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.

The Catholic Church Teaches… : 

The Catholic Church Teaches… Our Saviour, (…) instituted this sacrament, in which He poured forth, as it were, the riches of His divine love towards men, making a remembrance of His wonderful works; (…) and He willed also that this sacrament should be received as the spiritual food of souls, whereby may be fed and strengthened those who live with His life, who said: 'He that eats me, the same also shall live by me,'(John 6:58) (Council of Trent, Sess. xiii. cap ii)

The Gift of the Holy Eucharist… : 

The Gift of the Holy Eucharist… Center of all the other sacraments. Mystery of faith around which revolves the whole Catholic liturgy; to “give thanks”; names - Lord's Supper, the Table of the Lord, the Holy Sacrifice, the Holy of Holies, the Blessed Sacrament..

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Vitalizing core of the Church and the Christian’s Life. (Ecclesiæ de Eucharistia) A Dynamic and Transforming Gift…

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Three main aspects of the Eucharistic mystery, as Real Presence, as the Sacrifice of the Altar, or as the sacrament of Holy Communion.

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Real Presence: the greatest miracle of our times. Real Presence: the greatest miracle of our times. The Miracle Gift of the Transubstantiation

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Sacrifice of the Altar: one priest and one victim – the work of salvation continues

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Fruits of Holy Communion: It increases our union with Christ and with His Church. It preserves and renews the life of grace and makes us grow in love for our neighbor. It strengthens charity, wipes away venial sins and preserves from mortal sin in the future. (Compendium #292)

There will be a crisis in our lives when we fail to understand the Gift of the Mass. : 

There will be a crisis in our lives when we fail to understand the Gift of the Mass. 2) We are cut off from the vine of charity, that is our spiritual and human life-source. 1) Doubts about the mystery of the Real Presence closes man to what is spiritual and transcendental. 3) We then only “have eyes” for what is material and temporal. 4) Fails to be the hub of our daily activities and dealings with our neighbor.

Some questions to ask: : 

Some questions to ask: 1) Why do I go to Mass? 2) How do I go to Mass? 3) What do I get from the Mass? 4) Can I go to Mass and not receive communion even if I’m not aware of being in a serious state of sin? 5) What do I think or say when a member of my family doesn’t receive Holy Communion?

Preparing ourselves and our Children : 

Preparing ourselves and our Children 1) We cannot give what we don’t have. 2) We must make the Mass our Mass. 3) In order to make it our Mass we must know and love what the mystery contains.

Some suggestions… : 

Some suggestions… 1) Let’s not only attend Mass, let’s strive to continually pray and live the Mass. 2) Try taking a “piece of this miracle” with us and appreciating it in a concrete moment. 3) That moment could be our prayer, work, rest and family life. 4) Strive to give that piece to one concrete person daily.

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Thank you…

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