Consecration to the Blood of Jesus Christ
“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affection and joyful hope swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils… I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love you more and more.”’ –Pope Saint John XXIII
REMEMBER: AT HOLY MASS, THE BREAD AND WINE BECOME
THE BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
Jesus said to them,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,
you have no life in yourselves.”
“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.”
“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”
“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me,
he also will live because of Me.”
“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died;
he who eats this bread will live forever.”
“Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob” (Psalm 24:6 – RSV)
There are a number of different devotions we might focus on as we enter this most Holy Week of the Church calendar, but it might be good for us to reverently reconsider the very image our Savior chose to leave us, that of His own Beautiful Face yet Sorrowful Face.
It is good for us to recall the sacrifice of great Love that our Lord made for us. It has been said that too much familiarity with this Holy Season can tend to diminish our appreciation of the measure of Christ’s love reflected in own His Holy Countenance. It is good for us to recall that it was at the beginning of His passion that our Lord experienced one of the more painful events He would endure; it ,was not simply the betrayal of one of His own disciples, but that fact that Judas Iscariot chose to betray our Lord by placing a kiss on His cheek.
The Church has a long history of devotion to the Holy Face going all the way back to Veronica’s singular act of courage and compassion, when she wiped the bloodied face of Jesus, forever preserving for us the painful image of His sacrifice and love. What similar act of compassion and even courage might we offer to our Eucharistic Lord, an act that can help to console our Lord in our own time, when we still witness so much blasphemy and so many offenses against His Church, His Mystical Body, and by consequence, His Holy Face.
In his Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, (The Eucharist) Saint John Paul II drew the eyes of the Church to the Face of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist.
“To contemplate Christ involves being able to recognize him wherever he manifests himself, in His many forms of presence, but above all in the living sacrament of his Body and Blood. The Church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist; by Him she is fed and by Him she is enlightened. The Eucharist is both a mystery of faith and a “mystery of light.” Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the faithful can in some way relive the experience of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus: “their eyes were opened and they recognized him” (Lk 24:31). . . . I cannot let this Holy Thursday (2003) pass without halting before the “Eucharistic face” of Christ and pointing out with new force to the Church the centrality of the Eucharist.
Perhaps we could make our own act of courage and compassion this week and find an hour to visit our Church and just spend some time contemplating the Face of Christ in the Eucharist. This is also a wonderful time to begin, if you have not already, to develop a continual devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus Christ. For information please visit: www.holyface.com
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Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Sr. Aurora Lopez-Ornelas, director of vocations, and religious of the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. They discuss how to listen and hear God’s voice for discerning your vocation, spiritual motherhood, praying for priests and vocations, family prayer and the healing power of Eucharistic adoration. Sr. shares her vocation story and encourages young people to consider vocations to the priesthood or consecrated religious life.
July 24th Ken talks with Emily Strand author of Mass 101 Liturgy and Life (Liguori) Do you wonder why incense is used at Mass, the Alleluia disappears during certain seasons, or how the construct for the Liturgy of the Word was developed? Why do Catholics sing in Latin from time to time? Why all this ritual? Emily Strand takes Catholics through the basics of the Mass taking us step-by-step through our worship, and reminding us of the central mystery of our faith—the Paschal Mystery. Emily’s book is available at: www.liguori.org
In the final installment of his series on the Holy Eucharist, Matthew offers a comparison of some of the main features of the two expressions (ordinary and extraordinary) of the Roman rite; highlighting both what has changed, and what has remained the same, in the celebration of the Holy Mass today.
Joe interviewed Curtis Powell, the founder of Holy Family Press. Holy Family Press produces world class Catholic CD’s that dramatize true stories of Eucharistic Miracles and the love and protection of our Blessed Mother and of our Guardian Angels. During today’s broadcast, we aired one of those true stories, “The Maiden of Creteil”, which recounts a miraculous healing of a young girl. These graces and miracles are still available to us today if only we have the faith that is made manifest in absolute trust in our loving Lord and His omnipotent power. Please visit them online. www.holyfamilypress.com
Continuing his series on the Holy Eucharist, Matthew discusses the reasons behind Pope Paul VI’s promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae as well as Benedict XVI’s motu proprio liberating the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass.
Continuing his presentation of the Holy Eucharist, Matthew unpacks what every lay Catholic needs to know about the connection between the Last Supper and the Holy Mass.
In the wake of the 2008 recession, States were offered $53 billion in “Stimulus” money if they would commit to “Four Assurances”. One of these included adopting what is now called Common Core (CCSI), a privately developed standard. According to sources noted, it comes to us without input from teachers and parents, and distances children from the good, the true and the beautiful. Missouri, one of the states using CCSI since 2009, already shows a decline in math and English language arts readiness (http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/). Daunting? Yes! But what can we do? First, consider examples in Sacred Scripture. We have seen how our plans unravel when God is not included. Second, consider the encouragements coming from Our Lady. Mary invites us to Pray. To receive the Eucharist. To go to confession. To read Scripture and to Fast. How beautiful!
1. St. Joseph Radio Presents, “Common Core Panel”, Catholic Home School Conference, 04/11/14. saintjosephradio.net.
2. Univ of Notre Dame’s Law Professor, plus 132 scholars’ letter to Catholic Bishops.
3. EWTN’s Barbara McGuigon & guest Mary Jo Anderson, Mar 29, ’14. www.ewtn.com.
4. Documentary on the Common Core: “Building the Machine”. commoncoremovie.com.
5. Summary of 10 major concerns. maryjoanderson.net.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Ben Tran on the subject of inner healing and holiness especially through the sacramental life of the Church. Father Ben also shares about his journey to priesthood, his family experiences of escaping from Vietnam War, his personal experience of inner healing and his priestly ministry of healing. He’s facilitated many Eucharistic healing services and shares the power of Eucharistic healing and miracles!
Francesca Franchina converses with California Carmelite Priest and Exorcist, Fr. Tom Alkire, O. Carm about the means Our Lady uses to recruit soldiers for her army; Scripture passages alluding to Our Blessed Mother in Song of Songs, Revelation and St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. What is the source of the power of The Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus which Mary received at the foot of the Cross? How did she receive it and why? How does she help us put on the armor of God? How does Mary protect and empower her children to fight the demonic forces? (Rev. 12, l8ff.; Psalm 116.) “Can you drink of the chalice of My Blood?” the Lord asks us. Our response is Psalm ll6 How does our Lady help us deal with grief on the passing of a loved one?
Francesca Franchina converses with California Carmelite Priest and Exorcist, Fr. Tom Alkire, O. Carm about healing hearts, physically, emotionally and spiritually with Our Lady of the Holy Eucharist and the “French Connection.” Hear how saints of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries were primed with information underpinning the devotion and theology of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Learn how this info dove tails with the Fatima Apparitions and the connect with Pope Francis’ request for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi and the upcoming Eucharistic Procession at the Vatican. Hear what Jesus said to St. John Eudes, St. Margaret Mary, St. Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal, St.Louis de Montfort and St. Peter Julian Eymard. THE THE SIGNS AND WONDERS FIT TOGETHER WITH THE HOLY EUCHARIST, THE TWO HEARTS; ST. THERESE, ST. JOSEPH AND THE CHILD JESUS…WHY DID THEY ALL APPEAR ON OCTOBER 13, 1917 DURING THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN? Don’t miss this one!
This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. Learn how The Blessed Mother protects us and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph; Assist in The New Evangelization,and The Year of Faith in bringing souls to her Son Jesus. Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA, a former member of ACT and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Annette Hills of Anawim Melody regarding her ministry of music in the Church. Annette shares how Catholic bible study ignited her heart for God, the joy of singing for convalescent hospitals, how God healed her miraculously from diabetes, her Marian devotion and why Eucharistic Adoration is at the center of her heart in the service of the Lord.
Ken’s guests are Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran the authors of Rebuilt – Awakening the Faithful Reaching the Lost Making Church Matter (Ave Maria Press) Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life. When their parish reached a breaking point, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran asked themselves how they could make the Church matter to Catholics, and they realized the answer was at the heart of the Gospel. Their faithful response not only tripled their weekend mass attendance, but also yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, solidly Catholic spiritual revival. They offer a wealth of guidance for anyone with the courage to hear them. For additional information visit www.rebuiltparish.com You can purchase their book at: www.avemariapress.com
Ken’s first guest Monsignor Charles Murphy author of Eucharistic Adoration – Holy Hour Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (Ave Maria Press) This creative prayer compendium invites readers to spend an hour in Eucharistic adoration while meditating on the seven last words of Jesus and shows them how to do it. Charles Murphy also profiles seven contemporary Catholics–like Edith Stein and John Paul II–who are inspiring models of Eucharistic devotion. You can purchase his book at http://www.avemariapress.com
Ken’s second guest, Brian Kennelly discusses his novel Two Statues (Saint Benedict Press) Follow two heart warming friendships: Two unlikely retired neighbors and two priests who have know each other since seminary. You can purchase his book at https://books.benedictpress.com
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss The Precious Blood of Jesus and information given to Barnabbas a young Nigerian man for the Adorers of the Precious Blood and all who wish to know what to do to win souls, protect families and pray for the salvation of souls. This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. and other Wednesdays. This program will focus on the Association of the Precious Blood International, and information given to Barnabbas from Nigeria, a young man who was given direction,prayers and instructions on teaching of the benefits, promises and help of Jesus and His Precious Blood now to prepare for times of great trial and tribulation happening now and to to come upon the world in the purification and chastisement as revealed to us in Scripture. (This is approved by his Bishop and has received the Nihil Obstat; Rev. Fr. Stephen Obiukwu, Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria) Learn how The Precious Blood of Jesus and His promises and great words protect us and how we can help fight battle for souls with the Precious Blood of Jesus through Daily Mass, Prayers, Devotions, Eucharistic Adoration and Prayers and Consecration to the Precious Blood and the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Fatima, The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,St. Faustina, St.Margaret Mary and other great saints have received messages on how to win souls, increase Faith and be an evangelizer. Be a part of The New Evangelization ! Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. www.preciousbloodinternational.com Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss The Precious Blood of Jesus and Our Lady of The Precious Blood; The Spirituality of the Precious Blood; Healing and the Precious Blood of Jesus, Eucharistic Adoration; Experiences and Messages of Jesus and Mary to Saints and Mystics regarding the Precious Blood of Jesus, , e.g. St. Faustina, St. Gertrude the Great, Josefa Menendez and the relationship of the Precious Blood and The Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Lisa Flood, Catholic wife, mother, attorney and host of Focus International TV. They discuss Lisa’s conversion story, the importance of the sacramental life, especially Reconciliation and Eucharistic Life. They comment on the role of Catholic radio and TV for the Church’s “New Evangelization”. They share how the Catholic faith is meant to transform family life; and the necessity of ongoing catechesis and commitment to prayer.
Host Kathleen Beckman speaks about the Eucharist and spiritual warfare, discernment of spirits and the armor of God. She explains personal spiritual warfare and provides prayers approved for the laity. Giving examples of spiritual warfare in the lives of the saints, and using the Church’s teaching on how to receive liberation and healing, she gives practical tools to help us “fight the good fight”. During the program she offers approved deliverance prayers to break curses, etc.
Mike and Shirley share their powerful faith journey, love of Christ, devotion to Mary and the Eucharist.
Host Kathleen Beckman discusses the distinction between Adoration and contemplation according to reflections by Fr. Raniero Cantelmessa, O.F.M.. She reflects on the precise meaning of Eucharistic contemplation and makes suggestions on how and why to make a “holy hour” according to the recommendations of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. She gives a personal testimony as to why she has made daily Mass and holy hour the center of her life for 22 years.
Host, Kathleen Beckman will discuss why the Mass is a distinct occasion of sacramental grace because in the Eucharist we have direct physical contact with Jesus. This is the most important distinction from other forms of healing prayers. At the bottom of the hour, she will offer insights from George Weigel’s reflection on “What Voting Means” given at the OC Catholic Prayer Breakfast; and then share insights from Magnificat’s “Day of Faith” where Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat gave a keynote address on “Your Faith Has Saved You!”
Kathleen Beckman interviews Vinny Flynn, best selling author of “7 Seven Secrets of the Eucharist” and “21 Ways to Worship” on developing the art of worship before the Blessed Sacrament. They will discuss how the Adoration chapel is a “classroom of silence” where we find answers, peace, and divine friendship. They will review article #25 of Blessed John Paul II’s “Ecclesia de Eucharistia” on the worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass.
Kathleen Beckman interviews San Diego Diocese Coadjutor Bishop Cirilo Flores on how the Church is built up by the Eucharist (article 26 of JPII’s Ecclesia de Eucharistia). They will discuss the connection between the Eucharistic life of the Church and the upcoming “Year of Faith”; the “new evangelization” and the universal call to holiness. The bishop shares his personal experiences of Eucharistic devotion.
Kathleen’s Guest: Fr. Stephen Doktorczyk, JCL, Official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Title: The Life and Times of Blessed John John Paul II, model of Eucharistic Sacrificial Love
Description: Kathleen interviews Fr. Stephen Doktorczyk on his personal Roman experiences during the “Year of the Eucharist”; how his priesthood was influenced by Blessed John Paul II; and how the encyclical “Eccelsia de Eucharistia” has depth of meaning for the Church in this “hour”, the dawn of the Year of Faith and for the New Evangelization.
IN THIS PROGRAM KATHLEEN INTERVIEWS FR. NICK SCHNEIDER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LITURGY FOR BISMARCK DIOCESE, ND.
THEY EXPLORE THE COSMIC REALITY OF EVERY HOLY MASS AND THE POWER OF ADORATION FOR CONVERSION OF HEART.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D. Editor of the Journal of Christian Healing and Past President of The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) about Pentecost, The Power of the Holy Spirit and Generational Healing focusing on: The sins of the parents to the 3rd and 4th generation (Exodus 20: 4-6; The common experience of the patterns and wounds of one generation passing to the next and subsequent generations; How we carry the memories of our patents and ancestors ; How God is present to all history and wants to heal us; Bringing our family tree to Jesus for healing; and The Power of the Holy Eucharist for generational healing.
Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. enlightens listeners with his knowledge of Mary and the Eucharist.
Steve Koob talks with Mary Popp, the founder of the Society for the Preservation of Roman Catholic Heritage (SPORCH), about the work done by SPORCH to preserve Catholic artwork, the return of many traditions and traditional artwork in the Church, and the Extraordinary–or Latin–Form of the Mass. Mary Popp also talks about why it is most reverent to receive the Holy Eucharist kneeling down, on the tongue.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Nick Cardilino:Liturgical , Conference and UPBEAT Musician, Husband and Dad about composing music, his work with the National Catholic Youth Conference and the University of Dayton Campus Ministry; The theme song he composed for NCYC “Called to Glory;” Nick’s new Christmas CD; his new Communion song “Hungry and Thirsty;” recordings; the New Roman Missal implementation and the theme of HOPE, resonating with him this year! Francesca shares her YUMMY recipe for fast EZ Stuffed Pizza Sandwiches. Send a SASE for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions: Francesca Franchina; P.O. Box 3238; Dayton, OH 45401-3238.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Jim Gruden, LPM and Senior Design Engineer; Family Man and Youth Minister and Fr. Ken Sommers, SM about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Annual Answer the Call Men’s Conference theme OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN RELATIONSHIPS to be held Saturday March 20 at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, OH. Fr. Sommers key role in Answer The Call’s beginnings and Jim’s talk at the conference focusing on the transforming power of the Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in a person’s life are highlighted.