The Feast of Corpus Christi

On June 18, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Pat Cetera, OFS, offers this brief reflection, illustrating how we might live “the faith of Saint Francis, who often said, ‘I see nothing bodily of the Most High Son of God in this world except his most holy body and blood.'” (OFS Rule #5)

Our Lord instituted the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. The minds and hearts of those present were overcome with fear and uncertainty, as they focused on Good Friday. The love, joy, and gratitude for the Gift of the Blessed Sacrament was not expressed.

In her great wisdom, Holy Mother Church established the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ) in the Diocese of Liege, in Belgium in the year 1246. The reigning Holy Father, Urban IV, declared that the Feast be celebrated throughout the world in 1264, on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. There was to be a Eucharistic Procession as part of the celebration either on that Thursday or the following Sunday. Thus,the Feast of Corpus Christi would allow public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in joy, with gratitude. Continue reading “The Feast of Corpus Christi”

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What to Do?

The following article is by Pat Cetera, OFS. How might you grow during Lent?

Lent: The major penitential season of the Catholic Church in preparation for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum.

Lent: Six weeks of patrons circling an overly filled parking lot at the local Red Lobster, eager to spend more than $50.00 on a meatless meal in “sacrificial abstinence” each Friday evening.

Lent: “Oh, no! … It can’t be! …Not already! But, I just put all the holiday decorations in storage!”

Sound familiar? Those were my own words many times as Lent approached. Why? Maybe because I feared the change I knew was needed in my life. Maybe because it was a time of prayer and sacrifice. Maybe because it demanded extra time each day—something I didn’t have enough of in my self-imposed “busyness” of life. Maybe because my priorities needed adjustment. Maybe for a reason I can’t put my finger on, and never will. Continue reading “What to Do?”

The Holy Name of Jesus

The following message from our minister, Jerry Stecker, is a reminder of who our fraternity is named after.

January 3, Holy Name of Jesus

In a world of fiercely guarded corporate names and logos, it should be easy to understand this feast. The letters IHS are an abbreviation of Jesous, the Greek name for Jesus. 

Although St. Paul might claim credit for promoting devotion to the Holy Name because Paul wrote in Philippians that God the Father gave Christ Jesus “that name that is above every name” (Phil 2:9), this devotion became popular because of 12th-century Cistercian monks and nuns but especially through the preaching of St. Bernardine of Siena, a 15th-century Franciscan.

Bernardine used devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus as a way of overcoming bitter and often bloody class struggles and family rivalries or vendettas in Italian city-states. The devotion grew, partly because of Franciscan and Dominican preachers. It spread even more widely after the Jesuits began promoting it in the 16th century. 

In 1530, Pope Clement V approved an Office of the Holy Name for the Franciscans. In 1721, Pope Innocent XIII extended this feast to the entire Church. 

Please remember we meet this Sunday for our party at Resurrection. Some signed up to bring food while others agreed to clean up. Remember all family members are welcome.