Reality Checks on the Eucharist & Prayer
REALITY CHECK #1
Eucharist: Source of Healing
NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, did some experimenting with a special type of camera that could see the energy levels in the human body. This is then seen on a monitor. This energy shows up as an aura around the body. NASA’s interest in the experiment was to investigate the effects of space travel on astronauts in orbit.
Experimenting in a hospital they discovered that when a person is dying the aura around the body is thinner and it gets thinner and thinner until the person dies. The scientist carrying out this investigation in the hospital and his associate were behind a two-way mirror. They could see with their camera another man coming into the room with light coming from his pocket. Then the man took the object from his pocket and did something so that in the camera the whole room was filled with light and with their camera they could no longer see what was happening. They ran to the room to see what was causing so much light to appear in their camera. They discovered that the dying man was being given Holy Communion. Afterwards with their camera they could see that the aura around him was brighter. Although in his fifties, the scientist conducting the experiment decided to become a priest after witnessing that.*
The dying man was strengthened by receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. Jesus in Holy Communion was food not only for body but also for soul. The dying man’s spirits were uplifted since the aura around him was brighter.
*(Source: Healing Through the Mass, pp. 84-85, Resurrection Press, Fr Robert DeGrandis S.S.J., The bedroom incident has not been investigated or authenticated by the Church.)
There are only three necessities of a good communion – Faith, Hope and Charity. To rely utterly on God and be in charity with the world – this is the essential. What you happen to be feeling at the moment does not matter in the least.Evelyn Underhill
REALITY CHECK #2
THE EUCHARIST AS THE REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST
THREE ACTS REQUIRED
ACT 1: FAITH in the Real Presence of Christ
(Faith-Walking: Walk in the Lord!)
“Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed.”
This echoes the centurion’s plea who petitioned Christ for the healing of his servant. Jesus marveled at this extraordinary expression of faith, which allowed Him to reveal “the immeasurable riches of His grace.” Then healing was granted. The Church asks us to have exactly the same reverent faith whenever we receive our Lord’s body and blood.
In healing the woman with a hemorrhage, Jesus said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”(Matthew 9:22) In healing the blind beggar, Jesus says, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 18:42) We must have faith in order to be saved; faith in order to be healed.
For those of us who do believe in Jesus but doubt His real presence in the Eucharist, all we must do is cry out like the father of the boy possessed with a demon, “Lord, I do believe. Help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24b) He who gives us Himself will give us everything we need to believe and be saved, ONLY if we desire it. How can desire or faith be measured? Hardly if not lived or acted out in deed.
In healing the man who’s been ill for 38 years, Jesus tests the man’s desire by asking him, “Do you want to be well?” Then, he commands him “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” (Jn 5:5-8) The act of faith is expressed in the very act of WALKING in HIS WAYS. Ikaw, paano ka maglakad? K’musta faith mo? K’musta na ang mga “lakad” mo? Towards Him ba?
ACT 2: HOPE in the Divine Mercy through the Eucharist
(Hope-Giving: You can do it! )
To be a sinner is our distress, to know it is our hope. – Fulton Sheen
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, but nothing can be done without hope. – Helen Keller
The Eucharist fills you with Hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit. Romans 15: 13 The Eucharist is the source of our hope because God strengthens us by forgiving us. The more He forgives us, the more He shows He loves us, the stronger we are. The Eucharist challenges you to be instruments of hope, strength and courage to all the world.
The act of hope is a living out of what Jesus desires when He asked St. Faustina Kowalska to propagate the hope: Jesus, I trust in You.
The message of mercy is that God loves us “all of us” no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His hope and joy. Therefore, hope-giving is encouraging one another through compassion & forgiveness. Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do. – 1 Thes 5:11 It is saying to one another: You can do it! Kaya nating mabuhay sa Katotohanan at Pag-asa! Hope in the Lord! Sino na ba ang nabigyan mo ng pag-asa sa buhay? Sino na ba ang na-akay mo sa Pag-asa sa Kapatawaran ng Diyos?
ACT 3: LOVE: Source & Fruit of the Eucharist
(Love-attending: Never take anyone for granted!)
The Eucharist is a covenant of love. It is at once the Father’s gift of Himself in Christ to us and, through Christ, our offering of Christ and, with Him, of ourselves – our minds and hearts, our daily lives – to the Father.
John Paul II wrote: “Christian life is expressed in the fulfilling of the greatest commandment, that is to say, in the love of God and neighbor, and this love finds its source in the blessed Sacrament, which is commonly called the sacrament of love. The Eucharist signifies this charity, and therefore recalls it, makes it present and at the same time brings it about” (Dominicae Cenae, no. 5).
If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. – 1 Jn 4:20
Eucharistic Love’s simple reminder: Never take anyone for granted. Everyone is a sacrament of love in the eyes of God. Sino ba ang mga taong madalas mo’ng bale-walain? Who are the people you tend to take for granted? What areas in your spiritual life do you take for granted: prayer, the Eucharist, the sacrament of reconciliation?
REALITY CHECK #3: PRAYER
February 21, 2008; NASA Researcher To Prove Nemeh’s Spiritual Prayer Is Science
CLEVELAND — Dr. Issam Nemeh is the medical doctor who is said to heal spiritually, by praying over those who are ill.
Dr. Nemeh is now working with a NASA scientist to prove that spiritual prayer is, in fact, science. “Dr. Nemeh is the key here. With him, we have just a tremendous opportunity to advance this type of research,” said George Szatowski, NASA Electromagnetic Specialist. Szatowski is a NASA researcher from Virginia who believes Nemeh’s healing prayers can be measured remotely, over long distances in a closed metal box used to measure electromagnetic images. Under controlled conditions when Nemeh prays in Cleveland for a healing, the energy from that prayer can be registered scientifically, Szatowski said at his office in Virgina. He also said, “We are measuring the artifact of prayer, artifact meaning we are detecting and measuring the electromagnetic signature as a result of prayer.” The NASA scientist working with Nemeh knows that going public with his research invites strong questions and criticism. For many people, the idea of spiritual healing is best left strictly as a matter of faith, not science. : )