Fr. FelixI belong to the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother since its foundation in 1990, and have been a priest for 25 years. I am licensed in Pharmacy from the University of Madrid and hold a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Cross University in Rome. I am committed to the lay apostolate and give retreats for youth and adults.

Fr. Félix López is author and editor of the Blog "God’s Plan for the Family".

Benedict XVI, in his apostolic exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis, has several points dedicated to pointing out the relationship between the two sacraments. Obviously, since the Eucharist is the sacramental memorial of the Paschal mystery of Christ, all the other sacraments are linked to it.

Fr Colm PowersFr. Colum Power, born in Cork, Ireland, in 1965, is a Servant Priest of the Home of the Mother. He obtained a Master's degree in literature in 1991 and a doctorate in the History of the Church in 2013. He is author of A Touch of the Gardener's Hand, Honey from the Lion's Carcass, and James Joyce's Catholic Categories. He devotes his time to apostolic activities for the youth organized by the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother. Fr. Colum Power is author and editor of the FFA blog "Random Reflections".

A young mother recently told me a story about her five year-old daughter. The little girl was reading a children's book with colorful pictures about dinosaurs. She asked, "Mom, is there like a zoo or something where we can go and see the dinosaurs?" Her mother laughed and said, "No, honey, dinosaurs are extinct." "Extinct, what does that mean?" "It means they're gone, they're dead, they all died." "What does dead mean?" "Well, it means you stop breathing, you die; all animals stop living at some point, they die." "Us, too?" "Yes, us too." "What happens then?" "We get buried in the ground and covered by earth." "Ah, okay." The little girl went on playing happily as if nothing had happened. 

GlennFFAGlenn Fong is from Cali, Colombia but is currently living in Florida. He has been married to Sandra since 2001 and counting...(yes, it is possible! Marriage is supposed to be forever!), and they have been blessed with two children. Glenn studied Systems Engineering at San Buenaventura University in Cali, Colombia and now works for a multinational company as an Analyst-Developer. He is not a writer, but his passion for Christ and His Church propel him to write about many different topics. Glenn is author and editor of the Blog "It´s for Real".Glenn is author and editor of the Blog "It's for Real".

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In order to answer this question well, we must remember the importance of God and the faith in our lives. For our soul to be healthy we should have at least a basic knowledge of our faith. Yet sadly, in most cases, we cannot even remember the First Commandmentlet alone the 10 Commandments of the Law of God. This Commandment, the first, says “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve (Mt 4:10). This is closely related to the Third Commandment: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex 20:8-10; cf. Deut 5:12-15).

In today’s worldwe have lost our awareness of what is sin and what is holy.Humanity is no longer interested in giving up their lives to go to thank and worship God. Everything revolves around obtaining pleasure and avoiding any kind of suffering, and this pushes us away from God.

When we voluntarily miss Sunday Mass, preferring some other activity, we commit a very grave sin, that is, a mortal sin. When we do not go to Sunday Mass because we would rather see a movie, play soccer, go to the beach for a walk or to a bar with friends, we are breaking the First and Third CommandmentsHow do we break the First Commandment? It’s as simple as this: by our actions we are letting others know that what is more important for us is a nice, cold beer instead of encountering the One that gives us the possibility of obtaining that beer.

As I said before, we are also breaking the Third Commandment.

Okay, but what does it mean to keep holy the Sabbath? The Church has established certain dates as a precept to praise and adore God. So, on these dates, we must participate physically in body, mind and soul to unite ourselves with the entire Church to honor, praise, and adore God at the Holy Mass.In addition to attending Mass, wemust also try to lovingly spend our day with our family and GodBut if we prefer to go shopping at the mall, or go to play, or watch a football game without going to the Eucharistic Celebration on any of these specified days, we fall into mortal sin because we voluntarily decide to not sanctify and dedicate a full day to the Lord. We choose to not keep the sabbath holy.

As we can see here, we are talking about two very serious faults, failures that separate us from the Grace of God, thereby breakingthe bond of communion with our Creator. By breaking that bond, we will be separated from the Lord which indicates that we are living in sin, apart from His GraceConsequently, when we return to Holy Mass, we will not be ready, prepared and able to receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist without having first received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

If we have broken either of these Commandments by arbitrarily missing a Holy Day of Obligation, be it Sunday or another Solemnity, we must go to Confession before receiving the Eucharist again. This means we must make a sincere examination of conscience. We also need to be truly repentant and have the serious intention of not falling into this sin again.Wemust not prefer the things of the world, that entertain us so much, to honoring and praising God on Sundays at Mass.In short, we cannot leave God, our Father and Creator, in second place.

After having these things clear, we must humbly go to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There the Priest, by the power of Jesus Christ which he has received through the Church,forgives our sins and restores to us our Christian dignityNow, clothed with His Grace and Dignity, we will be able to approach the Altar freely and confidently to receive the Body and Blood of our beloved Lord, Jesus Christ.

So, let us think very carefully of where, in what, and in whom we have our highest priority. In friends, in sports, in the mall, at the beach, in sleep? Where is our top priority? Is God our top priority? Is it in Him to whom all our thoughts turn before anything, and is it He whom you want to please at all times?

Let us trust in the Lord and ask Him for the grace to always choose Him, love Him, and adore Him. May He always be in first place in our lives so that, by means of His Grace, we can receive all spiritual and material goods and all the graces that, in His infinite goodness, He have reserved for us.

May God, Saint Joseph, and the Blessed Virgin Mary bless and protect us. Amen.

¡LaudaturIesus Christus!


DaneBairdDane Baird has been a witness member of the Home of the Mother for over 3 years. He has two daughters, Jean and Susannah. The newest addition to the family is Halo, wonder-dog! His profession is teaching autistic children and he enjoys acting in several parish and diocesan ministries, as well as supporting the Home of the Mother.

His blog is called "Fathers Floreat!" Floreat is a word he heard on retreat, it is latin for to flourish, to bloom. Men should be blossoming according to God's plan.

Possible solutions to my forgetting the Creator:

1) Many prayer prompts. Ok, so, I am distracted, confused, and in need of redirection. How about some prayer prompts? Why? Because how can I love someone I

do not know? I need to become a great communicator with the Divine. This means a continual conversation, a continual prayer with my Maker. It is then, that, with time, the great relationship

starts unfolding, offering me the opportunity to glimpse and experience God’s sacred love for me and the whole world. So, what about some prayer prompts to keep reminding me to do

what is the most important activity of my life, a life full of prayer?