Cor Unum

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J.M.J.

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Eucharistic Miracle
Lanciano, Italy

After we have contemplated the Holy Eucharist – a gift crowning all the gifts of the love of Jesus for men – for eight days (the Octave of Corpus Christi ended yesterday), Holy Church now directs our consideration to the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the source and cause of all His gifts. The same the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, Italy directs us: Our Lord truly and really gives us His Flesh and the Flesh He gives us consists of the muscular tissue (myocardium) of His Most Sacred Heart!

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

The Holy Eucharist unites us to Christ directly; this physical union is the same for all who partake of His Body and Blood. However, it does not produce the same effects in everyone. This is so true that the Sacrament may even become a cause of damnation for those who approach it unworthily: Whosoever shall eat of This Bread or drink The Chalice of the Lord unworthily, says St. Paul, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself (1 Cor. 11.27-29). But even in those who receive worthily, the effects of the Holy Eucharist are different, for they are always proportioned to the excellence and perfection of one’s interior dispositions.

Our Lord and Savior penetrates us, transforming us into Himself only in the measure that we place no obstacles in His way, and insofar as we are disposed to receive the special grace of the Holy Eucharist, the grace of “union with Christ.” Although the physical union with Jesus offered us in Holy Communion is a tremendous gift, it is, nonetheless, directed to our spiritual union with Him and to our transformation in Him by love. The more perfect the dispositions with which we approach the Holy Altar, the more complete this union and transformation will be. These dispositions consist in preparing our heart for an ever greater union with the Lord, a union which requires conformity of aspirations, tastes, sentiments, and wills. How can we enjoy the visit of a friend and spend moments of sweet intimacy with him, moments of real union, if differences of desires, affections, delights, cares, sentiments, and will separate us? This, then, will be the best preparation for our Communion: to rid ourselves of everything in our life, no matte how trivial it may be, that might be in disagreement with the divine will, with the sentiments and dispositions of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Phil. 2.5): this must be the program of our remote preparation for Holy Communion.

In order that the Holy Eucharist may produce its full fruit in us and be the occasion of very close, intimate union with Our Beloved, it is not enough, as St. Augustine says, for us to eat His Body materially; we also need to eat It “spiritually,” that is, our spirit must be well disposed and prepared to receive the Body of Christ, to let  itself be invaded and transformed by Christ. If when Our Beloved comes to us, He finds our heart, will, affections, delights, desires, cares, and sentiments entirely conformed to His own, nothing can prevent Him from giving Himself to us the most complete manner. His spirit, His life, His divinity will penetrate the innermost fibres of our being and transform us into Him. Then we shall be able to say in all truth with St. Paul: I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me (Gal. 2.20).

When we receive Holy Communion, our heart must be enlarged by charity, so that it will be wide open for the coming of Jesus, and ready to let itself be penetrated and transformed by Him. In addition to the physical presence of Our Beloved and because of this Presence, each Communion brings us a new increase of grace and charity, but even this increase will be in proportion to our capacity for receiving it. If our heart is closed by selfishness and pride; if it is bound by attachment to creatures; or is engrossed by the material rewards, comforts, and delights the world has to offer and by secular affairs, it will be unable to make room for an increase of divine love, and the Beloved will be, so to speak, forced to lessen the outpouring of His charity and to diminish His gifts. Yes, in Holy Communion, the Beloved gives Himself completely – His entire Person as God AND Man – and He unites Himself entirely to us; but, if we do not give ourselves entirely to Him, He cannot wholly pour Himself into us, as a friend into the heart of a faithful friend.

 

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The Teresian Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - the (traditional) Discalced Carmelites of Catholic Resistance who adhere to the true God Whom generations of holy Catholics throughout the ages past have known, loved, served, and worshipped only in the Traditional Latin Mass - "the NORM [of the Roman Rite] IN PERPETUITY" (Pope St. Pius V, "Quo Primum") and upon which is built the Traditional Catholic Order constituted by God and ruled by the Sovereign Roman Pontiff "for obedience to the Faith" (Rom. 1.5). On our position, see our blogposts "Our 'Great Reversal'" and "The Ultimate Delusion of Vatican II 'Catholicism'."
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One Response to Cor Unum

  1. Ignis Dei says:

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    Sunday within the Octave of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

    “We can never have too much confidence in His infinite mercy,” says Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, C.D. But we are always poor sinners, how can we justify all this confidence in God? Today’s Holy Gospel (Lk. 15.1-10) explains the grounds for this justification by relating to us two parables Our Lord and Savior Himself used to teach us this confidence: the story of the lost sheep and the account of the lost drachma.

    Of the two parables, the first one has the equivalent of that of the Sacred Heart: a tender figure of the good shepherd, to which Our Savior likened Himself – Our Lord and Our God coming down from heaven to search for poor human beings lost in the dark caves of error which shut them up in sin. In order to find them, rescue them, and bring them back to His own sheepfold, He does not hesitate to undergo the greatest sufferings and even death. “The thoughts of His Heart… to deliver them from death” (Ps. 32.11,19), thus the “Introit” of the Mass for the great Feast last Friday proclaims it….

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