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My Life In Prayer

BOOK THREE
NOVENA OF HOLY COMMUNIONS
FOREWORD




FOREWORD

The PURPOSE of this booklet is to encourage you to receive Holy Communion often and thus to comply with Christ's own injunction and the earnest desire of Holy Mother Church. Truly, you can do nothing better for your soul or for anyone else than to entertain often the King of kings and the Giver of all good.

Since the Sacraments are a God-given means of grace and the Holy Eucharist is the greatest and holiest of the Sacraments, no novena can be more fruitful than a novena of Holy Communions. The intercession of the Saints is very powerful and prayer very efficacious; nevertheless, the effects of Holy Communion are immeasurably greater because this Sacrament gives us the very Author and Source of all graces.

There is nothing that Jesus desires more than that you receive Him in Holy Communion very often-every day, if possible. When He gave us the Eucharist the night before He died, He pleaded, "Abide in me, and I in You. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you the branches." (John 15:4-5). By abiding in Christ through frequent Holy Communion, you secure a guarantee that your prayers wilJ be heard, for He also said, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you; you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7). Therefore, no prayer can be more effective than that said after Holy Communion when Jesus is present in your heart as God and Man, as your best Friend, ready to listen to you and to help you with the many graces He wishes to grant you. The holier you are, the more worthy you are of getting what you ask for. Jesus comes to you in Holy Communion to make you holy and pleasing to God. "He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5). Jesus describes the wonderful effects of Holy Communion hi His Eight Beatitudes. The virtues suggested by each beatitude are offered for your imitation during this novena.











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