Saturday, August 1, 2015

August: Month of the Holy Eucharist

Behold the Bread of Angels, made the Food of Travelers. Truly the bread of the children shall not be thrown to the dogs.
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The month of August is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament. In the 16th century, the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist was challenged by the newly formed Protestant religions, who decided that God couldn't do as He wished, and that it was impossible for God to appear on the earth every time a priest performed the miracle of Transubstantiation. The Council of Trent was called in order to combat this and other heresies promoted by the errors of Protestantism, like predestination, sola scriptura, Martin Luther's covered in snow theory, and personal interpretation of the Bible.

For this month's prayer, I chose a Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Like I was taught in First Holy Communion class, Catholics should make an effort to make an act of Spiritual Communion every day that they can't receive the Holy Eucharist. I have a problem remembering to do that, so I put the prayer up for convenience' sake, mine and my readers. To make an act of Spiritual Communion, however, it is only necessary to put yourself in the presence of God, and then ask Christ to come into your heart, using your own words if you wish, or a Saint's words if you want a more formulaic response (nothing wrong with that!).

I use the prayers honoring the Blessed Sacrament in the Mother Love prayer book and the Christian Warfare manual, both published by Angelus Press. They are both handy to keep around, with lots of prayers tailored specifically for mothers and traditional Catholics (respectively).