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Value of Prayer and Sacrifice for Priests, The
"I would like to address myself to the subject of the value of prayer and sacrifice for priests – the value of prayer and sacrifice for priests. If there was ever a need to pray and sacrifice for priests for their preservation and sanctity it is today. It is not exaggeration to say that the Catholic priesthood in countries like our own is going through the most difficult ordeal in the Church's history. That is no exaggeration. We have lost well over ten thousand priests in the United States since the close of the Vatican Council." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Value of Suffering in the Life of Christian Perfection (Alt)
"Suffering by itself is not sanctifying. Many people who are suffering are not necessarily profiting from their suffering. Evidently, then, we should do something with and about the suffering to profit from the experience. Hence the importance of knowing what suffering is and how we can alchemize it from mere pain to sanctity." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Vatican II and the Eucharist
The contents of this page will hopefully help you to use the Vatican II documents as a means of increasing faith and devotion to the Eucharist in your area. Almost every Vatican II document speaks of the Real Presence, and implies that we need to increase our devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Vatican II: Adaptation and Renewal of the Religious Life: Excerpts on the Eucharist
Encourages religious to receive the Eucharist often to nourish the spiritual life, "They should celebrate the sacred liturgy, especially the holy sacrifice of the Mass, with both lips and heart as the Church desires and so nourish their spiritual life from this richest of sources."

Vatican II: Application Tips for VII Excerpts
The most effective way to reach people off of the net is to make copies to give them to friends who have been confused by misinterpretations of Vatican II. Show them that the documents which are often misquoted repeatedly acknowledge the Real Presence and encourage devotion to it.

Vatican II: Declaration on Christian Education: Excerpts on the Eucharist
States that Christian education should help children, "become ever more aware of the gift of Faith they have received, and that they learn in addition how to worship God the Father in spirit and truth (cf. John 4:23) especially in liturgical action . . ."

Vatican II: Decree on Ecumenism: Excerpts on the Eucharist
Acknowledges that the Catholic understanding of the Eucharistic is not symbolic as in other Christian denominations: "Although we believe that they have not retained the proper reality of the Eucharistic mystery in its fullness, especially because of the absence of the Sacrament of Orders. . . therefore, the teaching concerning the Lord's Supper, the other sacraments, worship, the ministry of the Church, must be the subject of the dialogue."

Vatican II: Decree on Priestly Training: Excerpts on the Eucharist
States that seminarians "should be taught to seek Christ in the faithful meditation on God's word, in the active participation in the sacred mysteries of the Church, especially in the Eucharist. . ."

Vatican II: Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People: Excerpts on the Eucharist
Explains the role of the laity in the Church such that, "Charity, which is, as it were, the soul of the whole apostolate, is given to them and nourished in them by the sacraments, the Eucharist above all."

Vatican II: Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite
"The Sacred Ecumenical Council confirms and approves the ancient discipline of the sacraments existing in the Oriental Churches . . ." (Sec: The Discipline of the Sacraments). However, as Catholics we are to celebrate the Eucharist at a Catholic Mass because of other unresolved differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Churches.

Vatican II: Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests: Excerpts on the Eucharist
Reiterates the message that "The Eucharistic sacrifice is the center and root of the whole life of the priest."

Vatican II: Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church: Excerpts on the Eucharist
Document which elaborates on the Church's missionary activity. To be missionary we must know and be like Christ primarily through reception of the Sacraments: "As members of the living Christ, incorporated into Him and made like unto Him through baptism and through confirmation and the Eucharist, all the faithful are duty-bound to cooperate in the expansion and spreading out of His Body, to bring it to fullness as soon as may be (Eph. 4:13)."

Vatican II: Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church: Excerpts on the Eucharist
States the role and responsibilities of the bishop in the Church. One such responsibility is that "They should therefore see to it that the faithful know and live the paschal mystery more deeply through the Eucharist . . ."

Vatican II: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation: Excerpts on the Eucharist
This document is concerned with Divine Revelation, so Eucharistic references are scant. However, it maintains that the Scriptures are best revealed in the sacred liturgy.

Vatican II: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: Excerpts on the Eucharist
Perhaps the most important document of the Council. This document elaborates on the nature, role, and guidelines of the Church. It boldly states that the "Eucharistic sacrifice is the source and summit of the Christian life."

Vatican II: On the Church in the Modern World: Excerpts on the Eucharist
This document provides direction for the Church in today's world. The Church strives to be that spotless bride to be presented at the "wedding feast of the Lamb" The Eucharist help us to become holy, "The Lord left behind a pledge of this hope and strength for life's journey in that sacrament of faith where natural elements refined by man are gloriously changed into His Body and Blood, providing a meal of brotherly solidarity and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet."

Vatican II Priestly Spirituality
In order to do justice to this library of knowledge given to us by the present Vicar of Christ, it will be wise to divide our subject into at least two principal areas. We must first see the priesthood as instituted by Jesus Christ on the night before He died. But then we must look at the trials which face the faithful priest in our day.

Vatican II: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: Excerpts on the Eucharist
This document emphasizes the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and that we should increase our devotion to it. A powerful statement in this document to counteract some of the liturgical abuses occurring in some parishes is that "no other person, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority"

Virginal Birth of Jesus, The
"We are in the habit of addressing Our Lady as the Blessed Virgin Mary. But we seldom ask ourselves "What do we mean?" By the title the Blessed Virgin Mary we mean that Jesus had no natural human father. We mean that Mary was truly married to Joseph but She was a virgin before conceiving Jesus, in conceiving Him, and after conceiving and giving birth to Christ. In other words, Mary was always a virgin." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Virtue of Confidence, The
I suggest that we reflect on the virtue of confidence. I doubt if there is any single disposition of soul that we need especially in our day more than confidence. The reason is not far to seek. See there is so much to discourage even the most hardy souls, especially people who are seriously trying to serve God. "Lord", we ask Him, "What will happen next?" Or as one Bishop wrote to me quoting the prayer that he regularly addresses to God, "Lord how long, Oh Lord, how long?"

Virtue of Faith, The
Our reflections during this retreat are on the Holy Spirit. What I wish to concentrate on during the less than two days that we have is what the Holy Spirit has given us. And, in the teaching of the Catholic Church there are three blessings, supernatural blessings, which the Holy Spirit has given to us. The Holy Spirit has given us the virtues, called theological virtues, of faith, hope, and charity. The virtues are the powers we received.

Virtues, The
"Virtue in general is a firm and habitual disposition to do good; it allows a person not only to perform good actions but, to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends towards the good with all his bodily and spiritual powers. He pursues and chooses this good in the concrete, specific actions of daily life." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Visionaries and Visions (Alt)
"There are two subjects on which I would like to speak to you, namely, Mystics and Mysticism." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Visitation of the Magi, The
"St. Matthew is the only evangelist who gives us the full details of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. Once again, the full quotation is lengthy but it is worth giving in full. There are so many implications for our faith and spiritual life that we should hear all the twelve verses of the evangelist describing the Magi’s visit to Bethlehem." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Vocations and the Commitment Crisis
"With the dwindling number of entries into seminaries and novitiates, we naturally ask, "What happened?" And we are inclined to put the blame where it does not belong, on a lack of vocations. It is high time we took a hard look at the facts and draw some obvious, even though painful, conclusions." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.


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