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On the Eucharist(0)

May 31, 2018

During a brief day-trip to two small Italian cities, Pope Francis stressed the centrality of the Eucharist to the life and actions of the Church, saying without Christ’s love and self-sacrifice, everything would be done in vain, since everything Jesus did was for others.… More

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The Our Father and the Breaking of the Bread

A summary of the General Audience March 14

In the Last Supper, after Jesus took the bread and the chalice of the wine, and gave thanks to God, He “broke the bread.” In the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Mass, the breaking of the Bread corresponds to this action, preceded by the prayer that the Lord taught us, namely, the “Our Father.”

The Our Father

And so we begin the rite of Communion, prolonging the praise and supplication of the Eucharistic Prayer with the recitation of the “Our Father.” This isn’t one of the many Christian prayers, but THE prayer of the children of God; it’s the great prayer that Jesus taught us.… More

The trust of St Martin de Porres

We must also have the courage of the many young people of Peru who were not afraid to love and risk everything for Jesus. How many examples you have! I think of Saint Martin de Porres. Nothing prevented that young man from achieving his dreams, nothing prevented him from spending his life for others, nothing prevented him from loving, and he did so because he had realised that the Lord loved him first.… More

Death and Resurrection

This is an abridged version of the Pope’s homily, in November 2017, for the repose of Cardinals and Bishops who had died in the past year. It provides good material for reflection during Lent and Eastertide.

Today’s celebration once more sets before us the reality of death.… More

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