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For the Feast of Corpus Christi
From a meditation of S. Alphonsus Liguori

Our holy Faith teaches us, and we are bound to believe that in the consecrated Host Jesus Christ is really present under the species of bread. But we must also understand that He is thus present on our altars as on a throne of love and mercy, to dispense graces and to show us the love He bears us, in wishing thus to dwell night and day hidden in our midst. (more…)

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Corpus ChristFor the Feast of Corpus Christi
From a meditation of S. Alphonsus Liguori

The Most Holy Sacrament is the Gift of God’s pure love. Jesus had already given Himself to us in many ways; as our Companion, our Master, our Father, our Light, our Example, our Victim. “It was the last effort of love when He gave Himself to be our Food.”—(St. Bernardine).

Let us consider the great love Jesus has shown us in giving us Himself in the Holy Eucharist. The Most Holy Sacrament is the Gift of pure love. According to the Divine decree it was necessary that our Redeemer should die in order to save us, and should by the sacrifice of His life, satisfy the Divine justice for our sins; but what necessity was there that Jesus Christ, after dying for us, should leave us Himself to be our Food? Yet, thus His love willed. St. Laurence Justinian says His excessive charity alone led Him to institute the Most Holy Sacrament, only to make us understand the immense love He bears us; and this is precisely what St. John writes: Jesus, knowing that his hour was come that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end—(Jo. xiii. 1). Knowing that the time had come for Him to quit this world, Jesus would leave us the greatest possible proof of His love, which was this Gift of the Most Blessed Sacrament, as we are taught in these words, He loved them unto the end; that is, “with extreme love He loved them to the utmost,” as Theophylact and St. Chrysostom explain it. (more…)

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The Descent of the Holy Ghost

“And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”—Gen. ix. 16.

A Sermon of John Mason Neale for Whitsun Day.

Now that we have come to the feast of Him Who gives their grace and virtue to all sacraments, it will not be unfit that I should speak to you of the first sacrament. The rainbow that was given to Noah as a sign—for till then rainbows had never been seen—was indeed a sacra­ment. It was an outward visible sign of a promise then made; that the earth should never more be destroyed by water,—that as long as the world should last, cold and heat, day and night, winter and summer, should never cease. And now see how this rainbow itself, then appearing for the first time in heaven, was a type of that Holy Ghost, Who, as on this most holy day, for the first time descended from heaven on His Church. “the bow shall be in the cloud.” And to the eleven Apostles, those ten days between the promise of the sending, and the sending of the promise, must have been days of gloominess and doubt and distress; not­withstanding that the faith of the disciples, (more…)

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Holy Ghost Dove

“When Thou lettest Thy Spirit go forth they shall be made: and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.” – Psalm civ. 30.

A Sermon by John Mason Neal For Whitsun Eve.

And He did send forth His Spirit on this roost holy day. We have heard the promise of the sending; now we have the sending of the promise; we have seen the Lord of Hosts go up with great glory to heaven; dow we behold the Lord and Giver of life descend with great glory upon earth. We know that the Son of God has ascended in our flesh to the right hand of the Father: here He Bends down the gift of all gifts, the light, the fire, the strength, the comfort, the health, that poor, miserable, weak, helpless man needs in this world. “Think on me, 1 pray thee, when it shall be well with thee.” It is well with Him, and He has thought of us: or rather, because it is well with Him, therefore He has thought of us. “Thou art gone up on high: Thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men.” (more…)

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