Eucharistic Quotes from St. Augustine

“Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side. Whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament. “That Bread which you see on the altar, having been sanctified by the word …

TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS

The transfiguration of Jesus is theophany which is the revelation of God to us. The true identity of Jesus is revealed to His disciples. He is the radiance of God himself and the brightness of the Father’s glory. Transfiguration is the preview of His resurrection beyond physical appearance. It comes from the Greek word, metamorphoo, which is metamorphosis in English. …

THE TEMPTATIONS OF JESUS

In the Gospel of Matthew, we learned that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1). The temptation of Jesus happens after His baptism when He was revealed as the Son of God and anointed by the Spirit. He fasted in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights (Mt 4:2). …

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Love your enemies! Pray for your persecutors. Be perfect just as your Heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:44). Difficult words! It seems like Jesus is asking the impossible. But the point of the teachings of Jesus about retaliation and loving our enemies is to reveal the holiness of God. God is holy because He is pazzo d’ amore, crazy, madly …

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

During these Sundays before the Lenten Season, we read the Gospel of Matthew and it focuses on the major teachings of Jesus which are contained in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is presented as the New Moses but greater than Moses because He himself is the Giver of the Law. He is the Wisdom of God, the Logos, the …

EUCHARIST: MEDICINE OF IMMORTALITY

The Eucharist is the medicine of immortality because Jesus promised that, “if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever” (John 6:51). “My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink” (John 6:55). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have …