Growing in Faith - The Eucharist
How often do you think about the price paid to give you the gift of the Eucharist?
Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins. He also promised to be with us in a real and tangible way through the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the Eucharist and asked His apostles to continue this sacrament "in remembrance" of Him, each time we celebrate the Mass. The Eucharist is truly a gift and is the most frequent reason people return to their faith.
However, it is quite evident that we as a society and - dare we say? - as a Church have been forgetting the value of this gift. A
recent survey by the Pew Research
(a non-religious based firm) has indicated that only a third of Catholics believe that the Eucharist is truly and substantially the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. Of course, it is important to understand the nuances of the survey such as the percentages among regular churchgoers vs. others, the respondents' understanding of the concept of "
", etc. Still, it indicates that the Church has her work cut out for her in improving this common understanding and how to properly catechize this truth.
Watch and share
this short video
, (or use this link:
) and take time to reflect on your longing to receive the gift of the Holy Eucharist.
If you, or someone you know, have been away from Communion, encourage them to make a good confession and go to Mass. If they are unable to receive, encourage them to make a spiritual communion during Mass, praying that God would come into their hearts.
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It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist.
Allen R. Hunt, Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church
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God Is with Us - The Mystery of the Eucharist
When is the last time you sat down to enjoy a meal with your family or close friends—not just to eat food in close proximity to each other, but to bask in each other's presence and grow in love for one another? For most of us, this doesn't happen at a typical meal. But this is the kind of meal God wants to share with us. This is the kind of meal he has prepared for us and invited us to participate in through the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
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on Friday, September 20 at 3:00PM