Did you know that each month has a traditional Catholic devotion? This year, let’s focus on each devotion month-by-month to grow in our faith and traditions! Make yourself notes, write it on your calendar, and pray a specific prayer each day of the month to remember. You could use a prayer already associated with the devotion or pray a personal one.
“I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament,” J.R.R. Tolkien is often quoted.
For this month of April, devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, you probably expected a saint quote or Catechism reference, but this famous author of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit says something the saints would all agree with (and, rumor has it, there is a case for his canonization).
Instead of loving idols, let’s worship and adore Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. This month we also celebrate Holy Week (https://catholic-link.org/5-things-holy-week/ ), when Christ gave His life for us and rose again! When He ascended into heaven, He did not abandon us. In fact, His mercy is endless, which on the 28th we celebrate for Divine Mercy Sunday. (To learn to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, check out our guide. He is truly present in the Eucharist, and we are surrounded by the Holy Spirit.
If you don’t fully embrace the Eucharist as the True Presence of Jesus Christ, His Body and Blood, perhaps read up on it and pray for God’s guidance to help any unbelief in you about it.
Read Catalina Rivas’ Visions of the Holy Mass, given the imprimatur by Bishop Rene Fernandez Apaza.
Dedicate time for you to better embrace the presence of our God in Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Spirit.
Why go to adoration? Amazing things happen when you do, and we can’t recommend it enough. (https://catholic-link.org/10-surprising-things-that-happen-when-you-go-to-adoration-more-often/; https://catholic-link.org/reverse-momentum-walking-towards-christ-is-authentic-progress-eucharistic-adoration/ ; https://catholic-link.org/why-do-you-go-to-eucharistic-adoration/ ; https://catholic-link.org/adoration-ultimate-act-habit-friendship/ ).
Don’t know much about the Holy Spirit? Check this out:
What about baptism in the Holy Spirit? Read this:
Challenge: This month’s challenge is to go to adoration and the pray a Holy Spirit prayer every day (https://catholic-link.org/quotes/come-holy-spirit-prayer/ ; https://catholic-link.org/images/holy-spirit-prayer-st-augustine/ ). Whether your parish has a special adoration hour weekly with praise or is blessed with perpetual adoration, make an effort to visit the Lord. Consider signing up for an hour in perpetual adoration or organizing a special Eucharistic adoration hour. (Here’s some song suggestions: https://catholic-link.org/21-songs-for-eucharistic-adoration-and-prayer/.) The goal is to be able to gaze lovingly and in awe at the Consecrated Host and share that love with others with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
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