Saturday, April 30, 2011
Communion And Sacrament
As April, the month dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament, comes to a close, I thought I would post about the beautiful and amazing effects of receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion. These are things we may or may not be aware of. I was reminded of them a few days ago as I was doing some spiritual reading during my holy hour. The book was by Fr. John Hardon, who has written much on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. As I am not permitted to remove books from our adoration chapel, I came home to see if I could find a bit of what I read on the internet, and as Providence would have it, I did. The little bit I read in the chapel actually comes from a conference Fr. Hardon gave titled The Holy Eucharist as Communion and Sacrament. In it he lists and describes the nine effects of the sacrament of Holy Communion as outlined and taught by the Council of Trent.
To learn about these nine effects, and to read the rest of Father's conference, click the link for the title of his conference above. Once there, if you scroll down about a quarter of the way, you will come to the description of the effects.
Our Lord has given us nothing short of His entire self in this sacrament of His love; it is up to us to receive Him with as much love and devotion as we can in order to receive and be filled with all the graces He wishes to bestow on us.
As my late pastor was known to say, "Jesus doesn't get any closer to us than at this moment."
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.