This Eucharistic Miracle in Brazil is incredible, and the short video about it in Spanish and subtitled in English is definitely worth watching. If you ever doubted that Jesus loves you, know that in every Communion He gives you His whole Heart.
You may wish to avert your eyes from this sacrilegious and utterly ridiculous abuse of the liturgy. I show it only to assure you that this will NEVER happen in St. Peter Church; indeed, it should never happen anywhere in our sacred liturgies. While being exceptionally egregious, this is why we need to "Restore the Sacred."
This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the heart of man and is that precious fruit which resists the wear and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration. And all of this is through your hands.
Taken from the Address of Pope Paul VI to Artists on December 8, 1965, at the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.
Theology was aware of this: one of the first cantors of the spiritual value of images, St. John Damascene (7th-8th centuries), invited non-believers who wanted to know the Christian faith not to attend a theological debate, but to enter a church and contemplate its paintings and statues. This is how the via pulchritudinis became codified, leading from artistic beauty to the supreme divine Beauty, to that "eternity from time" to use a figurative Dantesque formula (Paradiso XXXI, 38).
Taken from an unknown citation.
We are most grateful to reporter Carl Bunderson and the National Catholic Register for their supportive article on St. Peter Church and the documentary, Where Heaven Meets Earth, that will air later today on EWTN (5:30 p.m. CDT, April 30, 2013). Read the entire article here and support thoroughly Catholic news agencies like CNA, the National Catholic Register, and EWTN.
God is asking for an act of obedience, that we may come closer to him who did always the will of his Father. He is asking for patience, that we may come to him who bore all our infirmities without complaint. He is suggesting some particular act of charity, that we may come into the arms of him whose name is Love (1 Jn 4:8). He is offering an opportunity for meekness and humility, that we may deepen our communication with Jesus, who is meek and humble of heart. He is asking this act of self-despoliation that we may be stripped of all things, without support, without alleviation. This is what we mean by "call." Not a call to do this or to do that, to suffer this or to give up that, but always a call to come to God.
Thus, we come to pray, "In the hour of my death, call me," knowing that he will, and for the same reason that he has called me all during my life: that I may come to him. We shall be able to make that final decision to say, "Yes! yes! I choose his hour for my death, so that I may come to you," if we have prepared for it by a lifetime of understanding what it means to be called. Do we not see this even in our dealings with one another? If I call one of you, it is for a reason, maybe even the dearest of reasons: just that I want to see you! And when God calls us, it is for a reason, particularly in that dearest final call, which will be made because he just wants to see us. We can help one another remember, by our manner of living, that God has always the same elemental reason for each of his calls, whether in life or in death: that we may come to him.
Taken from Mother Mary Francis was the abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, NM.