April Is Devoted To The Blessed Sacrament And The Holy Spirit – Mark Your Calendar!

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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 them 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, 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 April 11th we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. 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.

 

Check out Eucharistic Miracles.

Do You Know About These 6 Incredible Eucharistic Miracles?

 

Focus on the Eucharist at Mass.

Bored at Mass? These Tips Will Help You Make The Most Of The Eucharist

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. 

Don’t know what to do in adoration? Here are an infographic and a guide.

Don’t know much about the Holy Spirit? Check this out:

The 7 Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

What about baptism in the Holy Spirit? Read this:

Baptism In The Holy Spirit: Why Every Catholic Should Consider Receiving It

Reflection Questions:

  1.      How do you thank the Lord for His sacrifice on the cross? 
  2.      What does it mean to you to receive the Eucharist reverently?
  3.      How do you feel God’s love in adoration?
  4.      What best helps you focus in Mass and Eucharistic Adoration?
  5.      How do you share the love of Christ through the Blessed Sacrament with others?
  6.      Do you let the Holy Spirit work in your life?
  7.      How do you follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting in your daily life?

April’s Challenge: This month’s challenge is to go to adoration and pray a Holy Spirit prayer every day. 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 are 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.

 

April Feast Days

April 1 – Holy Thursday

April 2 – Good Friday

April 3 – Holy Saturday

April 4 – Easter Sunday

April 11 – Divine Mercy Sunday

April 16 – St. Bernadette

April 25 – Good Shepherd Sunday

April 27 – St. Louie de Montfort

April 29 – St. Catherine of Sienna

April 30 – St. Pius V

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