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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Archbishop O'Malley

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Uses the Mass as a bargaining chip in his attempt to halt the sit-in at St Albert's Church in Boston. This is stooping really low. One can only guess what St Francis would have made of such an offer.

As the Archbishop is choosing to deny a Mass to a Catholic Parish, here are three Acts of Spiritual Communion.

Act of Spiritual Communion
by St. Alphonsus Liguori (A.D. 1696-1787)

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.
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Act of Spiritual Communion
O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God and Mediatrix of every grace: I believe that Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really, and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart. Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally, be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul.

O my Jesus, I embrace Thee as One who has already come, and I unite myself entirely to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.
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Act of Spiritual Communion

As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my God! I transport myself in spirit at the foot of Thine altar; I unite with the Church, which by the hands of the priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son in the Holy Sacrifice; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy, invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Savior.

Apply to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that Thou, my divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee. Amen.

Solidarity

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...coming from neighbouring parishes in Boston.

The closure of a Catholic college

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Where then can a truly Catholic education be found?

Bringing Children to Christ in Eucharistic Adoration

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For this you need Churches kept open!

St. Thomas the Apostle New York

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Members Fight to Keep Church: 'I ain't got no family.' apart from the Church that the Archdiocese is trying to close around me.

Is this the best deal that could be obtained?

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Deal heads off church occupation in Boston

What are the Archdiocese going to offer the other parishes?