Corpus Christi

This Sunday the children should have been making their first Holy Communion at Holy Redeemer. It is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christ. This week our reflections will take the form of a picture for every day and a quote from three of the great saints of the church. All three are called Teresa; St Teresa of Avila, St Therese of Lisieux and St Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Let’s look at what the Mass, the Eucharist (a word which means Thanksgiving), meant to them and reflect on how their words can help and challenge us. Each quote is followed by some questions on which to reflect.

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“I think that if we were to approach the most Blessed Sacrament with great faith and love, just once would be enough to make us rich. How much richer then we should be approaching so many times as we do. The trouble is that we do so out of routine – and it shows.” (St Teresa of Avila)

For Reflection: what is your attitude to the Eucharist? One of wonder and thanksgiving that Christ comes to you in this way or one of routine or a mixture of both?

What has it been like during lockdown not to be able to receive Christ in this way?

Pray: express your reflection in your own words to the Lord.

Pray: for those who should have been making their First Holy Communion today and their families.

Prayer for the week:
You may like to use this prayer every day this week:

Sweet sacrament of peace,
dear home for every heart,
where restless yearnings cease
and sorrows all depart;
there in thine ear all trustfully
we tell our tale of misery:
sweet Sacrament of peace,

sweet Sacrament of peace. 


“When you look at the crucifix you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the secret Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” (St Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

For Reflection: what does this quote mean for you?

How have you experienced the love of the Lord in the past? How do you experience his love now?

What is your response to the picture above?

Pray: turn your thoughts into prayer.

Pray: for those who, for whatever reason, find it hard to believe that God loves them.

You may like to say the prayer for the week


“If, when Jesus walked on this earth, the sick were healed merely by touching his garment, there is no doubt that there will be many miracles when we receive him within us.” (St Teresa of Avila)

For reflection: look for a while at the picture. Receiving communion is always special but can you recall times when it was especially important or when you felt the Lord working in you?

Can you say that receiving the Lord enables “many miracles” however small, to happen within you?

Reflect on what receiving Communion means for you.

Pray: turn your thoughts into prayer

Pray: for all Ministers of Communion, especially those in our parish.

You may like to say the prayer for the week


“If I can give you any advice, I beg you to get closer to the Eucharist and to Jesus. We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist. (St Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

For Reflection: why do you think Mother Teresa uses the word “tenderness” in connection with the Eucharist?

In what way does Jesus give you “tenderness: in the Eucharist?”

Pray: that you may know the tenderness of Christ more deeply.

Pray: for those who are finding this time of social distancing hard because they are not able to receive tenderness from others around them.

You may like to say the prayer for the week


“Heaven for me is hidden in a little Host where Jesus is veiled for love. I go to that divine furnace to draw out life.” ( St Therese of Lisieux)

For reflection: why do you think St Therese uses the word “furnace”?

Look at the picture. How does the image of a crucible or furnace relate to the way God works within us to draw out life?

Pray: for the courage to let God work within you in the way that is best, even if that way seems hard or uncomfortable.

Pray: for those who are in the furnace of grief and anguish at this time.

You may like to say the prayer for the week


Speaking about the Eucharist Mother Teresa says “When you know how much God is in love with you, then you can only live your life radiating that love.”

For Reflection: look at the picture. Have you known/do you know people who simply radiate God’s love? What is it in their attitude to life that shines out and which you would like to have too?

What is it that you think you lack?

Pray: turn your thoughts into a prayer that God will fill you with his life.

Pray: for those who are unable to see any purpose in life, for those who are struggling with depression and for those tempted to take their own lives.

You may like to say the prayer for the week


“We cannot say we love Jesus only in the Eucharist – we want to put that love into action. We cannot separate the Eucharist and the poor.” (St Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

For Reflection: how does coming to Mass affect/challenge your attitude to the poor?

Has it made any difference to what you do to relieve the suffering of others?

Pray: turn your reflection into prayer.

You may like to say the prayer for the week
Corpus Christi
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