Monday, 19 June 2017

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ -- An All Encompassing Heart

Introduction :

The Blessed Sacrament is the "Great Work" of God's Love for Christ and His Presence and Evangelical Mysteries continue in this most Holy Sacrament.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the everlasting "Rock" because he gives strength to us.

In Him, only we are secure and can decipher our authentic identity.

There is definitely "No Wrong" in Jesus Christ because He is totally loving and totally good. Evil comes from Satan and a Pagan World.

When we come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, His expression is to open the floodgates of His Divine Mercy upon us and upon the whole world.

We ask for God's Mercy not only for ourselves but for all Humanity too.

We see God face to face in the Holy Eucharist when we make an act of belief in His Real Presence -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity and truly believe that he is "Living Bread" from Paradise giving his flesh for the sake of sinful humanity.

God so loved the world that he sent His only begotten Son -- Jesus, the Christ.

God continues to so love the world that he continues to send us Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

To see, the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is to cherish the words of the Eternal Father -- I have loved you always and my affection for you is never changing.

Jesus Christ, is the most Appreciative Person who ever lived. His Eucharistic Heart was deeply moved by the Leper who returned to thank him and give him glory.

Our Belief in Him will console His Eucharistic Heart for those who reject Him.

Today, In an everchanging world -- People and Humanity at large are constantly searching for a "Sense of Belonging". The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is a permanent sign that we belong to Him and are His people in more ways than one.

The Natural Condition of Man is to feel that God is far away. To feel distant and not in sync with God is a normal feeling which has to be overcome with God - Given -Grace and Faith.

God is constantly speaking to us that he cares for us and that he deeply loves us.

The Proof of His Love is in the Blessed Sacrament where He is with us Day and Night.

We live in a "Pagan World" which wants satisfaction from carnal pleasures. But Jesus, teaches us that it is "His Divine Spirit" working within each one of us that can give only Life and Fulfillment as Jesus sees best.

There is no better place to get "Super - Human" strength to overcome the World's Temptations than in the Eucharistic Heart of Our Divine Saviour.

Jesus chooses each one of us, to Praise Him, Thank Him, and Adore Him so that He may refill us with Blessings from His "Divine Temple" -- namely His Eucharistic Heart.

We should have "Confidence" in the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. It matters to Jesus what tragedy is taking place in our 'Personal Life' or the calamities that take place in the world simply because His Eucharistic Heart is faithful to the end.

A Day will come soon, when Evil and the Evil One will be conquered victoriously by Jesus.

Jesus Christ will reign through the "All Powerful Love" of His Eucharistic Heart.

Conclusion :

The Blessed Sacrament is the "Holiest of all Holies" where God himself made Man dwells.

It cannot be destroyed simply because Jesus Christ is more powerful than all the Powers of Hell put together.

When we look at the "Sacred Host", we are invited by Jesus to make a "Spiritual Communion" in more ways than one.

The Blessed Sacrament is Jesus Christ crying out in every possible way that our happiness in life is "Possession of Him" and all that He stands for.

Our "Home" is within the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. Every Human Being that comes to worship Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is embraced by Him with unfathomable enthusiasm and delight.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Divine Office and Gregorian Chant

1) The Divine Office :

All over the world, Benedictine Monks and Trappist Monks rise from their sleep in the middle of the night or towards early morning to chant the Divine Office.

They have been doing this for 900 years or more. The Divine Office is the singing of Psalms by Monks on a daily basis.

The First Office to be sung is known as Vigils. During Vigils, a set of Psalms are chanted by Monks for 30 minutes or so followed by a break which involves listening to some anecdotes written by a Monk during the early years of the Church.

After this another set of Psalms is chanted by the Monks. Vigils chanted on a early Sunday Morning is my favourite office as it involves the singing of the Resurrection Office which is so beautiful which no words can express.

After 2-3 Hours, the next Divine Office chanted is known as Lauds or Matins followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Lauds is a Beautiful Divine Office as it is chanted when things are bright in the morning and the Sun's Rays seem to be everywhere.

The next 2 Divine Offices to be chanted by Monks are known as Prime and Terce respectively.

Prime is chanted before Lunch while Terce is chanted after Lunch.

In the evening, when Monks get together after a Hard Day's Work -- Vespers are chanted in the Abbey Church followed by a light supper.

The Final Office of the Day that is chanted is known as Compline. This Divine Office is chanted when everything is silent in and around the Monastery in the night before the Monks retire for the night. It ends with the Hail Holy Queen which is chanted by the Monks in Latin.

2) Gregorian Chant :

Gregorian Chant is the Unique Singing of Hymns and Masses by Benedictine Monks. In Gregorian Chant, Monks sing with one voice without the help of musical instruments.

This has been going on for 500 years or more in Benedictine Abbeys in Europe.

The Benedictine Monastery of the Abbey of Solesmes in France has specialised in the singing of Masses and Hymns in Latin.

My favourite Masses sung by them are -- Mass for the Feast of Christ the King, Mass in Honour of the Immaculate Conception, and Mass for the Annunciation.

The Benedictine Monastery of the Abbey of Saint Michael of Montserrate specializes in the singing of Good Friday Vespers.

Gregorian Chant Music during Holy Week is their speciality.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

My Mother and the Catholic Faith

My Mother Mrs Lena D'sa passed away on May 15, 2016 at the age of 77.

She was a virtuous woman in more ways than one. From the age of 7, she taught me the ABC's of the Catholic Faith and how to be a Gentleman to all concerned. She nurtured the Catholic Faith in me to the nth degree.

Between the ages of 10-15, She built up my Catholic Faith and my Prayer Life by teaching me the Rosary and how to say it, she also taught me several other prayers like the 15 Prayers to Saint Bridget of Sweden, Prayers to the Blessed Sacrament, and Prayers to Our Lady under various titles but specially to Our Lady, Help of Christians to whom she had a tender devotion.

All this, helped me to persevere along Life's way when the going got tough.

Between the ages of 15-20, My Mother taught me the most important prayer in my life ---- namely the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the 3.00 Prayer along with the Novena to the Divine Mercy which is to be said from Good Friday onwards for 9 days.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy proved to be "Miraculous" in my life specially when I had to confront various forms of evil both in India and in the United States where I lived for 5 years.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy when said by me from 3.00 - 4.00 in the afternoon gave me much succour and answers to questions in life.

In 1994, a Chinese Catholic Gentleman who was a lay evangelist from Hong Kong came into my life and the life of my Mother spiritually.

He sent us Tons of Printed Literature on the Divine Mercy Devotion to be distributed to Catholics living in Metro Cities all across India.

Since, We live in Bandra West, in Mumbai -- My Mother in 1994 approached me to help her to distribute Divine Mercy Leaflets to Catholics living in Flats in different parts of Bandra.

This I did with my Mother from 1994-1997.

We used to attend Mass in the evening in different churches in Bandra West and later visit Flats of Catholics with Divine Mercy Literature. On a Few Occasions We did it before Mass started.

My Mother greatly believed in one of the promises connected to the Divine Mercy Devotion that is the Lord would protect those who would propagate his Message of Mercy as a "Mother Protects Her Child".

My Mother was surely one of the greatest Human Beings that ever lived.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Blessed Sacrament in my Life

The Blessed Sacrament has occupied a "Pivotal" or Important place in my life.

As a Young Boy, Teenager, Young Adult, and Man -- I was transfixed by the Doctrine of "Transubstantiation".

What is really the Doctrine of Transubstantiation ??

It is nothing but the "Spiritual Conversion" of Bread and Wine into the adorable body and adorable blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have to see this with the eyes of faith. No Mortal Man can convince us about this concept. Only God can and God Will.

Transubstantiation is a "Precious Concept" within the confines of the Catholic Church. No other Church is bestowed with this gift in this Pagan World that we live in.

We need to start to lift up our eyes to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He is the "Supreme Deity" for all Christians and specially for Catholics.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is worthy of our worship and praise on this count alone.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is truly "Our Rock" in more ways than one. He is present for you and for me -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

He is constantly calling out to you and to me to spend time with him in this "Heavenly Sacrament".

He is a Prisoner of "Divine Love" in the Sacred Host. He will listen to our every request no matter what it is.

When we come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we should come with all humility forsaking our vain pride in the process.

I have always been touched by the "Real Presence" of Jesus Christ.

I have realized over the course of time that the "Real Presence" comes with the trappings of Real and Absolute Power over Evil and the Evil One in this Pagan World.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Stone rejected by Pompous and Worldly Builders.

But, He is accepted by those with a simple spirit and a simple heart.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Divine Mercy in My Life

April 23, 2017 is Divine Mercy Sunday.

From the age of 17 in 1988, I was attracted to the Divine Mercy Image because of the two rays that emanate from it.

One Ray stands for the Sacrament of Baptism and the other Ray stands for the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

The Motto below the Image, Jesus, I trust in You has brought Blessings and Miracles in my Life.

While, I was studying for my Degree in Commercial Studies -- I was harassed no end by Anti-Socials.

I had to endure terrible evil at their hands.

If Today, I am not a Heroin Addict or Cocaine Addict -- It is only because of Jesus Christ The Divine Mercy.

While living in Philadelphia in the United States -- The Divine Mercy actively protected me from Criminals, Robbers, and Drug Dealers.

Jesus Christ is the Divine Mercy present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

He is Your Friend and Brother in more ways than one.

Say the 3.00 Prayer and Divine Mercy Chaplet at least once a week.

It brings great and untold Blessings and Miracles in one's life.

Try It ------- It Works.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Precious Blood and Me

I am deeply indebted to God. He is my reason for living in this turbulent world.

I am completely dependent on the Precious Blood on a moment to moment basis. The Precious Blood sanctifies me in more ways than one specially when I feel that Life is not worth living because of the turbulent nature found among humanity.

Jesus Christ and His Precious Blood is "Indispensable" to Me. The Precious Blood inspires me to live in a state of grace worthy of living.

Simply Put, I cannot live without Jesus Christ and His Precious Blood.

His Precious Blood makes me completely dependent on Jesus Christ.

The Precious Blood is my true liberty in this god forsaken world filled with seductive pleasures of every kind.

Just as One, cannot live without Air Or Water so also I as a Christian Catholic cannot live without Jesus Christ and His Sanctifying Blood.

The World would be a "Poorer" Place without Jesus Christ. The Precious Blood has an aura of indispensable sweetness around it.

The Precious Blood satiates our souls in more ways than one.

This then, is the Precious Blood in more ways than one.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Mother Mary and Me

From the age of 5, Mother Mary has been my Guide and Intercessor through the thick and thin of life.

At the age of 12, when I was suffering from a bad bout of "Whooping Cough" I appealed to Mother Mary to cure me as soon as possible.

In no time, I was miraculously cured of this ailment.

Since, I have a weak back I sometimes find it difficult or impossible to carry heavy parcels.

Mother Mary with her reassuring smile gives me confidence in more ways than one to do the job at hand.

In May 2016, when I lost my Mother -- Mother Mary proved to be my "Consoler" to the nth degree. I realized I had a "Heavenly Mother" to whom I could go to 24-7-365 when my earthly mother was no more.

The Holy Rosary which is my favourite prayer has a "Secret Charm". It simplifies the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Joys, the Sorrows, and the Glories of his Mother Mary and not to forget the Public Ministry of Jesus Christ vis - a -vis his Mother Mary.

It is Mother Mary's View of Jesus Christ, Her Love of Him, and Worship of Him which the Holy Rosary brings before us.

All in All, it must be said that there is no intercessor like Mother Mary.