A. Remember that receiving the Eucharist at Mass is a gift of Christ. The Church wishes for all who attend Mass to receive Communion, but it is necessary that we examine our conscience to make sure we are truly prepared to receive Jesus. The “required dispositions” of which the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks … Read moreQ. How should I prepare to receive Holy Communion?
Our thanksgiving after Holy Mass and Holy Communion can be prolonged through the practice of Eucharistic Adoration. Eucharistic Adoration has been strongly recommended by saints and popes over the years. ….”of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God, and the one … Read moreQ. What’s special about Eucharistic Adoration?
The Mass is the best means we have to:-
Suppose you are most anxious to get from God some great favour, and suppose He told St Michael, the Archangel, to gather into one vast Cathedral
1. All the millions of the faithful, bishops, priests, religious etc now on earth.
2. All the souls in purgatory.
3. All the millions of saints in heaven.
4. All the millions of angels also and then, suppose that all these with the Blessed Virgin at their head, were told to bow down in profound adoration before God
Isn’t God all-merciful? Or does God keep a catalogue of every sin we ever committed?
Catholics believe that we all face two judgements, one as soon as we die and the other when the Lord Jesus returns. The first is an individual judgement, distinguishing between those who are already completely united with God, and those who die with imperfections.
We do not know what God’s judgement is on any particular soul. We know only that it will be a judgement of love. Our prayers prevent us from being inquisitive or superstitious about those who have died. Being inquisitive was what got Adam and Eve into trouble, and for us to have trivial curiosity about … Read moreIsn’t praying for the dead just superstition?
Christians and Jews alike from ancient times have concluded all their prayers with ‘Amen’, thereby saying “Yes,so be it!”
In the light of the widespread discussion following the tragic death of Mrs. Halappanavar and her unborn baby in University Hospital Galway on 28th October last, the Irish Catholic Bishops have reaffirmed some aspects of Catholic moral teaching.
Is that in this world or the next?