Heaven is the place where we shall behold the face of God unveiled. On this Earth we can also behold the face of God yet only the eyes of faith are able to recognize Him. St. Thomas says that on the cross Jesus hid His divinity but in the Eucharist He hides both His divinity and His humanity. It is only through faith that we can look upon the white host and recognize the Lord and giver of life, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen”—Hebrews 11:1. May we look upon our God with faith on this Earth so that we may behold Him in His glory in Heaven.
For me, there is something about the smell of freshly burned incense filling the church that is spiritually uplifting. But where did it come from and why do we use it?
The use of incense in religious worship started more than 2,000 years before Christianity even began. The use of incense in China is documented before 2000 BC. Trade in incense and spices was a major economic factor between east and west when caravans traveled the Middle Eastern Incense Route from Yemen through Saudi Arabia. The route ended in Israel and it was here that it was introduced to the Roman Empire.READ MORE
When we go to Mass we are offering God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgivingfor all that He has done for us and all that He continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also aprayer of thanksgiving. When you find it difficult to pray or do not know what to say to God why not countyour blessings? Try to think about the ways God has blessed you today, in this week, in this year. Once youbegin to recognize the many ways God is already blessing you, your heart will overflow with praise.
The three transcendentals—truth, beauty, and goodness—were ideals once harmoniously integrated in the Catholic worldview not only in the transmission of the faith but also in the arts: literature, art, music, architecture, poetry, and sculpture. The expression of the wonder of God in art through so many artists across time, encouraged by the great patron of the arts, the Church, to lift humanity’s gaze beyond the mundane has been widely lost in the modern age.READ MORE
This year, the Vatican has decided once again to grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November.
In a typical year, the Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory to those who pray in a cemetery on Nov. 1-8, the week of the Solemnity of All Souls’ Day.READ MORE
In November the Church commemorates the souls of the faithful departed. We recall that while the Souls inPurgatory are suffering in anticipation of their entrance into Heaven, they can no longer pray for themselves.We are each called to pray for the dead. In Eucharistic Adoration, we bring our own needs but also the needsof those who have gone before us. Praying for the dead is a powerful reminder that this life is not our finaldestination. One day we will also need the prayers of those whom we have left behind. May we recognize thevalue of human life and feel compassionate for our brothers and sisters in Purgatory.