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Prayer Keeps Faith Alive

Christ with the Eucharist
Vicente Juan Masip, 16th century

Faith is like a fire within us.  A fire will go out unless we put fuel on it.  Prayer provides the best fuel for doing this.  We want to keep our hunger and thirst for the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  This requires a tremendous about of faith, a belief in the unseen.

Allow me to share a story that has helped me greatly in the past 60 years to hunger for Christ in the Eucharist.  In the early 1950s, a Father Robert Green, a member of the Maryknoll Mission Society, found himself in a miserable prison cell in Communist China.  The police had taken away everything religious from his person.  However, Father Greene had smuggled in a small piece of consecrated Host in a small match box.

Almost on a daily basis, his captors tortured the priest go break his spirit and have him deny Christ.  From the start, the priest began to center all his prayers around the Lord in the match box.  One of his favorite prayers came to be one of spiritual Communion. . . “Lord, since I cannot receive you sacramentally, come, at least, spiritually into my soul.”  This prayer gave fuel to his yearning for the Holy Eucharist.

During the weekdays, especially in our dark hours, we could use this prayer to keep alive our hunger and thirst for the Christ of the Eucharist.  Imagine what an enthusiastic welcome the Lord would receive from us on weekends when we received Holy Communion!

In his solitude, Father Greene had a unique way of praying, a method I often use in my dark hours.  He broke five matchsticks into ten pieces and placed them on his rough table.  As he whispered a Hail Mary, he would move one stick to the side.  He imagined himself in a Cathedral before the statue of Mary.  In his desperate plight, he prayed without distractions.

Try this method of prayer, especially if we find prayer difficult, our hearts filled with sadness.  Imagine ourselves in a Communist prison.  It’s cold, our bodies weak from poor food.  Father Greene came home, his heart aflame with love for the Eucharistic Christ.  He wrote a book, “Calvary in China”.

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Of Note: 

With the start of the Olympics this weekend, I thought I would update you on the progress of our Blog!  This humble Bulletin has now been read in 71 Countries via the World Wide Web!!!  God Bless each of you!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 28, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins


  1. I’ve enjoyed reading your 3 minute homilies Fr. McKenna. May God continue to bless you and keep you in his loving care. Thank you for sharing your life. Pam

    Comment by Pam Gervais | July 28, 2012 | Reply

    • PRAISE. The. Lord! Thank you for your lovely story! Faith is things not seen but

      Comment by JO WILLIAMS | July 29, 2012 | Reply

      • Thank you for yourlovely story Fr Mc Kenna!

        Comment by JO WILLIAMS | July 29, 2012

  2. Fr. George, thank you for these luminous words of faith! You inspire our hearts to
    follow Him more closely every day!!! God’s Blessings, Love & Grace, Marianne

    Comment by mc simms | July 29, 2012 | Reply

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