“Be what you see; receive what you are.” – St. Augustine

For Catholics, the tabernacle is the receptacle in which the eucharistic bread is kept, outside of Mass.  At St. John’s Jesuit, the tabernacle is in the McDonough Small Chapel.  The early Christians didn’t use a tabernacle, because they believed Jesus was in the consecrated bread and wine only when the community gathered together.  It was at the Fourth Lateran Church Council (1215) that hosts consecrated at Mass remain consecrated and were to be kept in a designated receptacle, we call tabernacle.

“Tabernacle” comes from a Latin word that means a small tent, hut, or similar structure.

SJJ administrator Carly Sintic requests prayers for her mother, Kathy Swingle, who is in the hospital with COVID and pneumonia. Pray for our seniors taking final exams the next three days. Their last Mass is this Friday. “Christ now raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has power over him.” (Romans 6:9, from the Opening Prayer at today’s Mass) St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.

“Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed in the newness of your mind, that you may discern what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  (Romans 12:2)

The word God speaks can be hidden in our heart as a secret weapon, to protect us…His words alter our understanding and slowly renew our mind, changing our way of thinking.  First of all, His word may make us sad for we realize how far we fall short of His intentions for us; but He urges us to feed on His word with joy, and be strengthened.  If our thinking is shaped by His word we may be protected from many unnecessary hurts, and destructive ambitions. –  Celtic Daily Prayer