We continue the 52 week plan to grow in Catholic Manhood by becoming a better Catholic Son and Catholic Father by focusing on the first major habit:  Major Habit 1 – Make Union with God your Ultimate Purpose. 

Major Habit 1 can be broken down into smaller habits: so far, we’ve covered Habit 1, Habit 2, Habit 3, and Habit 4.

Now we turn our attention to Habit 5. 

Habit 5Receive and Adore the Sacrament of the Eucharist Daily/Weekly in a worthy manner

Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of Man, died so that every Catholic man might be able to receive the life-saving blessing of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith through which you are able to receive the actual Body and Blood of Jesus and be drawn into intimate union with Him.

The Eucharist – Growing in Happiness Obedient to the commandment of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper to, “do this in memory of Me” (Lk 22:19), Christ’s Holy Catholic Church has always celebrated His Eucharist and urged and obliged Catholic men to receive Him in the Eucharist so every Catholic man might find the true and lasting happiness that Jesus promises.

Becoming Awed by the Eucharist – Every Catholic man must come to understand the awesome power of the Eucharist so that he can more fully receive the blessings Christ personally offers him in the Eucharist and also avoid bringing down judgment upon himself by knowingly dishonoring Christ’s holy sacrifice of the Eucharist.

Understanding the 7 Stages and 7 Blessings of the Mass – To receive the fullness of the miraculous graces from the Mass, it can help men to understand the stages of the Mass and how blessings are bestowed to men at each stage. In the Mass, men leave the battlefield of the Spiritual Combat, meet their King on Holy Ground in His fortress and are healed and fed, returning then again to the life-long Spiritual Combat as they battle in their pilgrimage towards Heaven.

Drawing closer to Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration – Drawing close to Jesus Christ through the ancient practice of Adoration of the Eucharist helps a man be protected and engage in the Spiritual Combat and to receive powerful guidance and blessings from God. A man can adore Christ by simply coming into the presence of Jesus in the Tabernacle, by participating in the Liturgy of Eucharistic Adoration and by visiting Jesus in an Adoration Chapel (a place in a parish where the Body and Blood of Christ is present in a Monstrance for Adoration).

This week’s questions – Each week there are a few questions to help you meditate upon the habit of the week. Here are this week’s questions: 

How would I think, feel and act if I were to suddenly meet Jesus face-to-face?

What blessings might come to me if I gave it my best to draw closer to Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist?

This week’s commitments Making a habit a reality requires commitment to concrete action. Here is this week’s challenge:

Commit to refresh your understanding of the Eucharist by prayerfully reading the links above. 

Stop by your parish and spend 15 minutes with Jesus in Adoration (either in the Tabernacle or an Adoration Chapel).

Don’t forget to pray with the Daily Devotional each day.

Daily Prayer – During the week, pray this short prayer, or one like it, to come to love and hunger for the True Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist:

Lord Jesus Christ, You died so that I might be saved from death and have life in You. Help me to grasp the truth that I am able to be in communion with You and receive life from You in Your True Body and Blood in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Jesus, I beg You, help me to grow in awe of the Eucharist and more and more draw closer to You by worthily receiving and adoring Your precious Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Amen.