Loving the Bride -- vol. 41
Now we see that the human body is given the proper means to provide for its own life, health and growth, and for that of all its members. Similarly, the Savior of mankind out of His infinite goodness has provided in a wonderful way for His Mystical Body, endowing it with the Sacraments, so that, as though by an uninterrupted series of graces, its members should be sustained from birth to death, and that generous provision might be made for the social needs of the Church. Through the waters of Baptism those who are born into this world dead in sin are not only born again and made members of the Church, but being stamped with a spiritual seal they become able and fit to receive the other Sacraments. By the chrism of Confirmation, the faithful are given added strength to protect and defend the Church, their Mother, and the faith she has given them. In the Sacrament of Penance a saving medicine is offered for the members of the Church who have fallen into sin, not only to provide for their own health, but to remove from other members of the Mystical Body all danger of contagion, or rather to afford them an incentive to virtue, and the example of a virtuous act.
Nor is that all; for in the Holy Eucharist the faithful are nourished and strengthened at the same banquet and by a divine, ineffable bond are united with each other and with the Divine Head of the whole Body. Finally, like a devoted mother, the Church is at the bedside of those who are sick unto death; and if it be not always God's will that by the holy anointing she restore health to the mortal body, nevertheless she administers spiritual medicine to the wounded soul and sends new citizens to heaven - to be her new advocates - who will enjoy forever the happiness of God.
For the social needs of the Church Christ has provided in a particular way by the institution of two other Sacraments. Through Matrimony, in which the contracting parties are ministers of grace to each other, provision is made for the external and duly regulated increase of Christian society, and, what is of greater importance, for the correct religious education of the children, without which this Mystical Body would be in grave danger. Through Holy Orders men are set aside and consecrated to God, to offer the Sacrifice of the Eucharistic Victim, to nourish the flock of the faithful with the Bread of Angels and the food of doctrine, to guide them in the way of God's commandments and counsels and to strengthen them with all other supernatural helps.
---- Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi, 1943.
40 Days for Life begins!
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, from the Archdiocese of Boston leads Catholic and Orthodox pilgrims to Rome, and continues ecumenical dialogue with members of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Congress for Women in Rome! Can't get to Rome? Here's more about it, here in the US. Say a prayer that this initiative can be implemented locally.
Conservative talk show host, Laura Ingraham, talks with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN about her conversion to the Catholic faith, among other topics covered in her new book, Power to the People.
Mary in space... orbiting the earth!
Just for fun... from our pal, Fr Guy over at Shouts in the Piazza, this captioned photo of His holiness BXVI singing, er, well, you guess!
This is not necessarily a Catholic item, but it is a great music video that illustrates the greatness of God and plays a great tune.
Remember the term "minimum daily requirements"? When I was growing up, it was largely associated with healthy nutrition and vitamin supplements. Well, for me, there is a "Marian Daily Requirement." It is my daily reliance on my Mother Mary. But truly, there are days when I struggle to find the few minutes I need to pray the Rosary with devotion. Just in case you've forgotten, (and I need the extra incentive as well) there are 15 Promises associated with praying the Rosary. Sometimes, it's the healthiest part of my day!
So, let us pray for one another.
Copyright 2007 Patricia W. Gohn