St. Bede Parish

PASTOR: Rev. Edward M. Bryce
DEACON ADMIN:  Deacon Rick Tucek


Father Bryce’s Message

June 25, 2017
Reflections: Summer Time and the Praying is Easy

“Every one who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.”

By some sort of fortune (divine, perhaps,) I came upon a book about St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) written and compiled by a friend I met almost forty years ago, Tessa Bielecki. She was a founding member of the Spiritual Life Institute with Carmelite Fr. William McNamara.  Tessa has a life long affection for St. Teresa and has written brilliantly of her. Some of these excerpts from the Saint’s life might lift your spirits this summer.

O my God, God, God, author of all creation! And what is creation if You, Lord, should desire to create more: You are almighty; Your works are incomprehensible. (S. 8,1)

When one is in the midst of business matter, and in times of persecutions and trials, when one can’t maintain so much quietude, and in times of dryness, Christ is a very good friend because we behold him as a man and see Him with weaknesses and trials – and He is company for us.’  Once we have the habit, it is very easy to find Him present at our side.” (L. 22.10)

The Lord walks among the pots and pans. (F5.8)

It was a great delight for me to consider my soul as a garden and reflect that the Lord was taking His walk in it. (L. 14.9)

It is a wonderful thing when a sick person finds another wounded with that same sickness; how great the consolation to find you are not alone. The two become a powerful help to each other in suffering and meriting. What excellent backing they give to one another. (L. 14.16)

Each one of us has a soul, but since we do not prize souls as is deserved by creatures made in the image of God, we do not understand the deep secrets that lie in them. (IC VII. 1.1)

A much greater love for and confidence in this Lord began to develop in me when I saw Him as one with whom I could converse so continually. I saw that He was man, even though He was God. … I can speak with Him as with a friend, even though He is Lord. (L. 37.5)

[F= Foundations; IC = The Interior Castle; L = Life; S=Soliloquies]

June 18, 2017
Reflections: Christ: Entirely Present

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

“The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as ‘the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.’ In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly , really, and substantially contained.’ This presence is called “real” – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be “real” too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial
presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.’ (CCC, 1374)

“It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares: “It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God’s.  This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.”

And St. Ambrose says about this conversion: “Be convinced that this is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed.  …Could not Christ’s word,
which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is not less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.” (CCC, 1375)

“We believe in the Lord Jesus and invite you to join us in this Spirit driven and soul satisfying journey to the Father through the Son.”

-Father Bryce