God's Will and the Eucharist: How To Get More Out of Holy Communion

We’ve been focusing on how we discern God’s will.  Now I want to address the connection between God’s will and what happens in the Catholic Mass.  I hope this will help those who want to have a more powerful experience when they participate in the Eucharist.

Millions of people have left the Catholic Church in the last 40 years or so.  They might give a lot of reasons why they left, but I think it boils down to this: they didn’t think they were leaving anything of great value.  Thankfully, millions more have remained in the Church, and yet one gets the sense that most of us who are still Catholic don’t fully appreciate the dynamics of the Mass and the power that is available to us in the Eucharist.

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Silence Magnifies God's Voice

To hear God’s voice, there are times when we must be attentive and silent.  While it’s true that sometimes God speaks to us through another person, or through an event, there are other times when we must be very still, very quiet, very alone.

 

One of the most powerful spiritual experiences of my life took place during a “silent” retreat at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas, in February of 2000.  The retreat lasted five days and was based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.  No speaking was permitted at any time except for a half hour each day when each person on the retreat met with a spiritual director.

 

 

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The Key to a Rich, Fulfilling Life

One of the most frequent statements Jesus made is that “The kingdom is at hand.”  What does that really mean?  Well, the whole mission of Jesus Christ was and is to make the divine life He shared with the Father and the Holy Spirit available to every human being.  When Jesus says, “The kingdom is at hand,” He is telling the whole world that this divine life is here.  It’s real.  We can have it.

The big problem is that most of us who consider ourselves people of faith don’t fully accept the offer of Jesus to share His divinity.  We might pray.  We might go to church.  We might be nice.  But can we say that we have experienced God’s divine power? Do we even think that experiencing God’s power is possible?  The power to heal?  The power to transform? The power to...

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