Teaching & Living the Faith: June 2012 Archives

Corpus Christi wc.jpgYesterday was the great feast of The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. At Saint Catherine of Siena Church in New York City the parish community with the Dominican Friars led by Father Jordan Kelly celebrated a Solemn Mass for the feast and then took to the streets with the Monstrance containing Our Lord and Savior. For the first time in years Our Lord in His Eucharistic Presence was carried in procession in the neighborhood of the church. Imagine the faces of Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims and those who do not share our Eucharistic faith seeing such display of faith and devotion! 

Graces beyond imagining: beautiful weather, lots of people, terrific sacred music given to our worship by Daniel B. SaƱez and his superb choir, an insightful homily and a rededication to the Sacred Heart with Benediction after an extended period of adoration. 

I came across this reflection from Saint John Chrysostom: 

If we wish to understand the power of Christ's blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. 'Sacrifice a lamb without blemish', commanded Moses, 'and sprinkle its blood on your doors'. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save people endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord's blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he did not dare to enter, so how much less will the devil approach now when he sees, not that figurative blood on the doors, but the true blood on the lips of believers, the doors of the temple of Christ.

Indeed, washed in Chris's blood, and not that of a animal is what saves, and we ought to scream this from the roof tops. Well, we actually didn't yell anything but we walked together in professing our faith.

The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena NYC will never be the same! Thanks be to God.
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No one is to be called a Theist, who does not believe in a Personal God, whatever difficulty there may be in defining the word "Personal." Now it is the belief of Catholics about the Supreme Being, that this essential characteristic of His Nature is reiterated in three distinct ways or modes; so that the Almighty God, instead of being One Person only, which is the teaching of Natural Religion, has Three Personalities, and is at once, according as we view him in the one or the other of them, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit--a Divine Three, who bear towards Each Other the several relations which those names indicate, and are {125} in that respect distinct from Each Other, and in that alone.

John Henry Newman

An Essay in aid of a Grammar of Assent, Chapter 5

Holy-Trinity-Peredea.jpgIn the Sacraments of Initiation, God invites us to share in the life of the Most Blessed Trinity: we become recreated in the image of Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, and adopted as sons and daughters of the Father.

In Pope Benedict's Porta Fidei, the Letter opening the Year of Faith later in 2012, wrote: To profess faith in the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord's glorious return.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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