Good Morning Disciples of Christ. We are now, not being allowed to attend the Holy Mass and receive the Blessed Sacrament all over the world. Depending on where you are in the world, the spread of the Coronavirus has got most of us sheltering in our homes and Our Churches are closed. We are being safe and obeying Our Churches, our Governments and local authorities, but we are missing out on celebrating the Holy Mass with Our Lord and receiving His Body. Even though we have been given a dispensation from our Bishops, it just seems wrong, doesn’t it. Now, we are beginning to understand what Our Lord was saying to His prophets when He said we may not be receiving His body and blood much longer. Of course, we never imagined that it would be because of a very contagious virus that would keep us restricted to our own homes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Our Churches will not re-open. We believe that they will. However, this does mean that everything is getting worse, and we have to be prepared in case these contagions continue to come, and we can’t get to our Church, or they close our Churches permanently for any other reason.
Even though this is discouraging, Our Lord has said as well as Our Blessed Mother that we must continually pray and work on our Relationship with Jesus to continue to receive His graces. Even though we can’t go to church, we can do a Spiritual Communion with Jesus. Here is an article from the National Catholic Register that tells us how to make an act of Spiritual Communion, https://www.ncregister.com/blog/armstrong/if-you-cant-receive-communion-make-a-spiritual-communion.
In addition, we can say our prayers in Adoration by using the internet recording of a perpetual Adoration of Our Lord exposed in the Blessed Sacrament. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Worldwide+Eucharistic+Adoration&&view=detail&mid=A8C7B14060DEAA873E86A8C7B14060DEAA873E86&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DWorldwide%2BEucharistic%2BAdoration%26FORM%3DVRIBIP.
Also, here is Dr. Taylor Marshall, who is a well known Catholic Theologian, that explains the Sacraments and how they can be conducted at home per the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is also good to take with you to a refuge, a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We believe, per John Leary, that Jesus is going to have Priests at the permanent refuges, but if you have a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by John Paul II, bring it with your Bible to the refuge. Also, if you have not gotten a copy of the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal that Dr. Taylor Marshall recommends, get a copy of that and bring it with you to the refuge. This video for Catholics is long, but it is good to watch since we are at home and now have time, http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ARrW9fDJ3pE. Dr. Marshall also walks us through a dry Mass that we can do at home without a Priest under the guidance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
In the questions and answers portion of Dr. Marshall’s video, he answers the question of whether he thinks we are in the end times. His answer is that he does not. We respect his answer as a Theologian, and as a fellow Catholic. We don’t push what the Holy Spirit has guided us to on others. Everyone must continue to pray for the Truth, and Dr. Marshall strives to be Holy as we all do, and He is a very good instructor on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Only God knows why He has put on some of our hearts where we are in these times, and others he has not. We can only continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guides us to all Truth and we all come together to serve Jesus as His Disciples.
Emmanuel – “God is with Us”. Have a blessed day.