Prolonging the Eucharist

Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, proposed that laypeople, as well as priests, are called to offer themselves with Christ in the Mass. All of us can offer our bodies and blood, imitating what the priest celebrates on the altar.

"Let us try to imagine what would happen if also the laity, at the moment of the consecration, said silently: 'Take, eat, this is my body. Take, drink, this is my blood,'" he proposed.

"A mother of a family thus celebrates her Mass; then she goes home and begins her day made up of a thousand little things. But what she does is not nothing: It is a eucharist together with Jesus!

“A [religious] sister also says in her heart at the moment of consecration: 'Take, eat …'; then she goes to her daily work: children, the sick, the elderly. The Eucharist 'invades' her day, which becomes a prolongation of the Eucharist."

(Quotes from “All Should Offer Their Bodies and Blood at Mass,” © March 12, 2010,

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2014 Fall Catholic Writers’ Retreat

UPDATE: This retreat has been cancelled.

Looking for a peaceful place to rejuvenate? Come to a Catholic Writers' Retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, Pennsylvania, from September 29 to October 3, 2014.

This five-day retreat allows all Catholic men and women who enjoy writing (professionally and leisurely) to immerse themselves in God's presence, away from the distractions and demands of the world, to grow spiritually and freely write at our beautiful retreat grounds.

Enjoy prayer time, Mass, Exposition, Benediction, personal reflection, and inspiring talks about writers of the New Testament and from experienced Catholic writers. These include Sue Brinkmann (author and award-winning journalist for Women of Grace), Matt Pinto (president of Ascension Press), and Matt Gambino (director and general manager of, among others.

The retreat is directed by Msgr. Joseph Marino. Check out the details at:

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CSBN: How significant are you?

Today Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network features my post "How significant are you?" 

Disappointment crept into my heart when I failed to land a plum writing assignment. This came after I visualized my writing glorifying God and my work becoming significant. I thought that would help me become significant.  It got me thinking about how we become significant and how we judge the significance of others in our life.

I remember hearing someone say, “The more you love, the more significant you become.” God is Love, and he is huge compared to me. Not because he is bigger, stronger and more powerful, but because he gave his Son for love of me.

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Friar’s Corner: Let us give thanks to God for his love endures forever

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Numbers 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-38; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

The first day of the week, Sunday, is usually set aside in our church calendar to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Very rarely is anything else to take its place. Yet today we remember something that is intimately connected to his resurrection and that is his tragic death on the cross.

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Six Lessons of 9-11 part 2

(Continued from part 1)

As a journalist, I automatically grabbed my camera to record this historic event. That unexpected gift of God’s peace remained inside me as I went down the elevator, two blocks to the dock and took some incredible photos.

That peace remained as I talked with two stranded motorists. Each of them had pulled their cars into the dockside parking to wait out the emergency traffic pattern that was forcing them in the opposite direction of their destinations. I invited them to wait in our apartment. That’s how peaceful I felt deep inside, even with the tragic events worsening wherever I turned. The lesson of generosity in a common disaster.

The senators sequestered somewhere underground and the Senate offices closes, my husband returned home from the Capitol. We settled in to watch TV with the two visitors. The calm in my soul remained even as we watched the planes hit the towers over and over.

When the towers fell I got up off the couch and announced: “I need to be in church. If you will excuse me, I’m going to 12:15 mass!” One of the stranded motorists, a woman who worked at the Disney Store at the now shutdown Reagan National Airport said, “Do you think they will take Baptist prayers?”

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Six Lessons of 9-11 part 1

I keep a poster on the wall of my office advertising the National Book Festival, which my husband and I attended on September 8, 2001. All kinds of booths and entertainment venues filled the National Mall in Washington, DC. The neighboring public buildings hosted educational and informational presentations. Authors signed their books in the halls of the Library of Congress. It was a beautiful day—the last one I really remember before our lives changes forever three days later. The lesson of thankfulness for beautiful days of innocence.

We moved to DC between Christmas and New Year’s 2001 for a temporary adventure—for a year or so. My husband was a science and technology fellow, advising a senator and we lived in a high-rise apartment on the DC side of the Potomac River. Like you, we will never forget where we were on September 11, 2001. That morning, as soon as the news came on our TV, Phil hurriedly left for the Russell Senate Office Building at the Capitol, a short subway ride away.

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CWG: Fathers, daughters and Saint Therese

An interview with Connie Rossini, author of Trusting God with St. Therese.

Connie gives practical advice for overcoming fears and frustrations that hamper our relationship with God. I asked her about her father-daughter relationship as compared to that of Louis Martin and his daughter St. Therese of Lisieux.

Read about these relationships at Catholic Writers Guild blog.

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