" I used to belong to a church and I put my heart in the ministry, then I began to have rain fall in my life. Money problems, bills, my home was in foreclosure, and I lost jobs. I even lost my friends in the church. It's hard to keep my faith and to believe. Where does a fallen Christian go?"Do not make the mistake of thinking that God shows special worldly favors to Christians. Do you remember what happened to all the Apostles? After a very hard time preaching, they were all tortured and killed because of their beliefs. If you are Christian because you think that God will make this life easier for you, you will not be a Christian for long. God will not intervene to bring you jobs or money. This is not because he does not want to; it is because he knows that his grand plan to bring you home to him in heaven includes all of your troubles. He knows that the road you are on now, even though you don't like it one bit, is the best one to lead you straight to heaven and to an eternity of happiness. Talk to God every day, and ask him for the grace to bear up under your troubles. You can ask him to take those troubles away, but he is well aware of them and will take them away as soon as that is the best course for your salvation. Don't forget, he expects you to use the gifts that he gave you, your intelligence and common sense, to try to make this life more pleasant for yourself.
THE REAL PRESENCE
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them,