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<< Tuesday, April 24, 2007 >> St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Acts 7:51—8:1
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Psalm 31 John 6:30-35
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"I Myself am the Bread of Life." —John 6:35

I received a note yesterday from my mother. She mentioned that she had visited the parish of my teenage years, which I attended over thirty years ago. At that time, the parish had just erected a new building, offered many programs, and consisted of a large number of families. After moving out of state, I'd heard that as the years passed, the initial luster of a new church building wore off, and numerous parishioners had transferred to other parishes, for whatever reasons. When I occasionally visited the parish for Mass while on vacation, people commented that it seemed the life was slowly fading out of the parish.

About a decade ago, this parish made a commitment to eucharistic adoration. Over time, it evolved into perpetual adoration, 168 hours a week. My mother writes: "Boy, has that parish changed. It's packed; there are lines at Confession; people are in the adoration chapel, etc. The Holy Spirit is alive and well there."

Jesus Himself is the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35). He alone is Life (Jn 11:25; 14:6). Life means Jesus (Phil 1:21). Jesus, the Bread of Life, gives life to us and to our parishes (Jn 6:33). Without the eucharistic Jesus, we have no life in us (Jn 6:53). The eucharistic Jesus promises: "Indeed, this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day" (Jn 6:40).

Adore Jesus regularly in the Eucharist. Gaze on the Lord Jesus and be transformed into a new and glorious life (2 Cor 3:18).

Prayer: Jesus, forgive us for trying to pump life into the Church with our ideas while ignoring Your life-giving body and blood.
Promise: "No one who comes to Me shall ever be hungry, no one who believes in Me shall ever thirst." —Jn 6:35
Praise: St. Fidelis faithfully devoted himself to a life of prayer and penance. This lifestyle prepared him to joyfully accept the gift of martyrdom.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2007 through May 31, 2007.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 16, 2006.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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