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Episode 12 – A Heart in Love – A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass with Fr. Timothy Gallagher O.M.V.
We continue our conversation with Fr. Gallagher discussing the encouragements given by Venerable Bruno Lanteri in regards to a biblical way of praying the Mass. In this episode, Fr. Gallagher reflects on the Communion Rite.
Take a moment and pray:
O God, you are my God — it is you I seek! (let your heart feel this longing).
For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts (feel the deep desire of your body-soul humanity for the One who alone can fully satisfy). (Ps. 63:2)
“Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”; your face, LORD, do I seek! (say these words, slowly, unhurriedly, from your heart to Jesus). (Ps. 27:8)
I am the bread of life (John 6:48): What does it mean that Jesus is the bread of your life?
My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink (John 6:55): true food, true drink; the nourishment you need for life in this world and the next.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him (John 6:56): desire this, a lasting, ongoing, abiding, union with Jesus. Ask for it now. Prepare to receive it.
Then, hear Saint Anselm’s call to prepare your heart for the Lord. His words will help dispose you for Mass as a whole and more specifically for Communion. Read them slowly, reflectively, prayerfully, and from your heart. Receive the invitation they express:
Come now, O little soul, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in him.
Enter into your mind’s inner chamber. Shut out everything but God and whatever helps you to seek him; and when you have shut the door, look for him. Speak now to God and say with your whole heart: I seek your face; your face Lord I desire.
Gallagher, Fr. Timothy; Gallagher, Fr Timothy. A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass: The Eucharistic Wisdom of Venerable Bruno Lanteri (pp. 86-87). EWTN Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.
You can find A Biblical Way of Praying the Mass here
Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit his website: frtimothygallagher.org