The Power of HIS Presence

Pope Benedict XVI wrote an Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, to remind all of us that “every great reform has in some way been linked to the rediscovery of the…Lord’s Eucharistic presence among His people.’” He urged us to recognize that we meet Jesus Himself in the Eucharist and therefore, this sacrament is the highest point in our lives. He asked for parishes to plan communal adoration, to return to solemn processions for Corpus Christi, to renew gestures and postures of deep reverence. “Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive.”

There is a religious order of lay brothers who are especially dedicated to spreading this message of adoration and reverence. They are so devoted to the presence of our Lord in this sacrament that they are willing to lay down their lives for Him.

The Knights of the Holy Eucharist believe our world is in need of serious reform. It can only be saved by this kind of change which Pope Benedict spoke of…We need a return to an awe-filled attitude toward the Bread of Life, in which the King of kings comes to be with us.

Benediction blessing in Knights chapel 2 compressed“Our world has lost belief in the Real Presence,” says Bro. David Mary, the Superior of the Knights. “Our role as Knights is to assist the universal Church by working to promote faith, adoration, reverence and devotion to our Lord.”

One postulant with the Knights describes his beginning at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, in Hanceville, AL. “I started out studying and doing lawn work on the grounds here. Now I am a sacristan. I love this work. I do it for Jesus, our Eucharistic king.”

The training (or formation) of a Knight is a process that can take from six to eight years. “Men enter our community here with open hearts. There is time for discernment. In the meantime, spending an hour or more in adoration is the most important activity in the day of all Knights.”

Through their example of reverence, through their meetings with visitors to the Shrine and through their prayers and outreach to the world, the Knights have a message to share: Jesus comes to be with us in what looks like bread and wine. He who holds all the power of the universe, out of great Love, comes to feed our souls. What can we give our Lord in return? We are all called to devotion, reverence, attention, commitment.

To learn more about the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, visit their website at www.knights.org.

Judith Costello

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Judith Costello, MA, OCDS is a Third Order Discalced Carmelite from a rural town in New Mexico. She and her family live on a five acre plot they call "Sagging Acres." Even though Peter, age 18, weed whacks two acres on a regular basis, the weeds keep on growing! With two kids, one goat "kid", several chickens and ducks, Sagging Acres is always busy! Judith writes from her experiences in parenting and in studying the faith. She blogs regularly with CatholicMom.com and IntegratedCatholicLife.com and now with CatholicExchange.com. She writes for regional and national publications as well. Her lessons on faith, written for CatechismClass.com are now available in limited edition book form--"How to Pray Like the Saints" and "To Mary, Our Morning Star." She is an artist and her work can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/faithart/. Peter is heading for Notre Dame.

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  • rosebud

    I learned a vital insight from Patrick Madrid’s Right Here – Right Now program about our Lord’s Divine Presence in this form; The Church teaches that the fullness of this presence is only present until it changes form through our consuming the Bread & wine. This teaching would lead to the conclusion that frequent reception of & adoration in the Presence of the Transubstantiated Bread & Wine is necessary to be in the “Fullest” contact with Our Lord.

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