Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Miracle of the Real Presence in the Eucharist

Tribulation Times

June 22, 2014  

(Joh 6:52-54) The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.

POPE FRANCIS: "Jesus, keep us from the temptations of worldly food, from the poisoned food that makes us slaves; purify our memory, so that it does not remain captive to selfish and worldly selectivity, but that it may be a living memory of your presence throughout the history of your people, as memory becomes 'memorial' of your act of redemptive love."

The corporal of the Eucharistic Miracle
CORPUS CHRISTIThe Miracle of the Real Presence in the Eucharist

VIA Jim J. McCrea:  How Can Jesus Fit Into the Little Host?

EXCERPTFeast of Corpus Christi, a Sermon by Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J., 1882

There is not one moment In the day, not one moment in the night, in which the sacrifice of the Mass is not offered up in one or another quarter of the globe. Not one single moment wherein some priest in one or another portion of the world is not elevating the Sacred Host to heaven, surrounded with a glory and splendor which our eyes can not behold, and beside which the glory of the saints and angels seems dim. There is not one moment of time in which this Adorable Victim is not presented to the Eternal Father— an offering so precious that all the praise and homage ever offered by the Angels, or that ever will be offered, is as nothing compared to it.

...We are objects of envy to the very Angels. They wonder and adore when we receive our Saviour; when we are united to the divinity and humanity of Christ; when we hold captive the Author of grace, our God and Redeemer, in the poor dwelling of our hearts. Return thanks, O Christian, for every Holy Communion which has been administered since the Last Supper, and for those which will be given until the end of time. Thank God especially for every worthy Communion which you have received yourself; and beg of the Lord to grant you occasion, from this day forward, often to enjoy the same happiness. Beg Him also for grace to employ His presence in your hearts as profitably as possible; yes, in a manner so perfect as to initiate you into His personal love and knowledge.
EXCERPT ALETEIAThe Real Presence? How Can We Be Sure? The real question is "How can we doubt It?"

Those who struggle to believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, don’t have to rely on Gospel passages and the opinions of Church fathers and converts alone.

For hardcore skeptics, our merciful Lord has permitted 153 approved Eucharistic miracles attesting to his Real Presence in the Eucharist, across the ages and in many countries of the world. In this Internet age, it is easy to learn more about them. The most famous are the miracles that occurred in Italy in Orvieto (1263), Lanciano (8th century) and Siena (1730).

In each miracle where bread and wine have taken on the appearance of flesh and blood, the flesh has been confirmed to be cardiac tissue and the blood is always Type AB. A website called gives details about the 153 approved miracles of the Eucharist and other  miracles that are well-documented but not formally approved.

In light of Jesus’ words, in light of the central mystery of our faith, the constant teaching of the Church and hundreds of miracles through the centuries, how will you approach Communion today? As a routine, without giving it much thought?

If it’s been months or years since you've been to Confession, do you get in the line for Communion anyway, to prevent other people from thinking that you’ve committed some awful sin? Actually THAT, receiving the Eucharist unworthily, is a truly grave sin. It is a sacrilege to receive Holy Communion while being in a state of mortal sin. If you've not fulfilled the obligation for once yearly Confession, if you've intentionally skipped Mass on a Sunday without adequate reason, such as illness, you may not be in a state of grace to later receive the Eucharist unless this grave sin has been confessed and absolved.

Quoting St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, the Catechism warns: 
“Whoever, therefore, eats of the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. ... For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself” (1 Cor 11: 27-29). “Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of reconciliation before coming to communion” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1385).  
Our belief in the Real Presence must, therefore, guide our reception of the Eucharist and permeate all of our actions when we are in church. Sacred silence, reverent genuflections and proper attire for worship are all manifestations of deep reverence and faith. But don't confine your reverence and gratitude for this greatest imaginable gift to the interior of the church. When you leave Mass after receiving Communion worthily, you carry Jesus within you and you live in him. Let us try always to be aware of this extraordinary grace, into the parking lot and beyond.

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Nothing Done For Show

20. She also said, 'The same thing cannot at once be seed and a full-grown bush. So men with a worldly reputation cannot bear heavenly fruit.'

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