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God has made us for communion—not only with others, but especially with Him. After our choice to divorce ourselves from God, He, nevertheless, continues to pursue us and bring us back to Himself. The beginning of the prayer of absolution during the sacrament of penance sums it up beautifully: “God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.”
Every sacrament, in fact, works this same reconciliation and communion. The most efficacious is the worthy reception of the Blessed Sacrament which, as St. Augustine said, actually turns us into Christ! “I am the food of grown men,” St. Augustine hears Jesus saying. “Grow, and you shall feed upon me; nor shall you change me, like the food of your flesh, into yourself, but you shall be changed into me.” This is true eucharistic Communion!
But what happens when we cannot receive Jesus sacramentally? The tradition tells us to make a “spiritual communion,” joining our whole selves—prayers, works, joys, and sufferings—to his sacrificial presence in the Eucharist—even when that sacrament is not before us to receive.
In his last encyclical as pope, St. John Paul II explained that the practice of spiritual communion has “happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints, who were masters of the spiritual life. Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: ‘When you do not receive Communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.’” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 34)
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TV Mass Broadcasts within the Diocese of La Crosse:
- Eau Claire, Channel 18, Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
- La Crosse, Channel 19, Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
- Marshfield (Public Access), DIG Channel 989, Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
- Stevens Point (Public Access), DIG Channel 984 Saturday at noon and 5:30 p.m.
- Wausau (Cable and Satellite), Channel 12 Sunday at 6:30 a.m.
- Wausau (Public Access), CA Channel 980, Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
- Wisconsin Rapids (Public Access), Channel 985 and Solarus Channel 3, Sunday at 6 a.m. and 1 pm.
Diocese of Winona-Rochester Broadcasts:
- Channel 25/48 WLAX/WEUX Sunday at 7:30am
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Novena Prayer to St. Roch
O Blessed Saint Roch, patron of the sick, have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering. Your power was so great when you were in this world that, by the sign of the Cross, many were healed of their diseases. Now that you are in heaven, your power is not less. Offer, then, to God our sighs and tears and obtain for us that health we seek. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Repeat the following 3 times)
Saint Roch, pray for us, that we may be preserved from all diseases of body and soul.
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