Monday, May 30, 2016
I pray each of you enjoyed the blessings of this glorious feast day of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. One of my favorites.
I had a conversation on Facebook this morning that I thought was important to share in cyberspace. You wouldn't believe how many hits a post will get on a web crawl just looking for answers to theological questions.
Facebook is a funny place. Sometimes posts will show up on my feed by Catholics posting Protestant theology. Last week, a Catholic woman posted her shock when she was told the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass 'is not a memorial but a re-enactment'.
I thought to myself 'Wait..What?? Isn't this chickita the senior editor of theological content on a Catholic website?'
I posted a paragraph explaining theology of our Sacred Liturgy as neither a memorial in the way she understood it, nor a 're-enactment'. but the mystical journey to the events taking place 2000 years ago, etc. Astoundingly, she replied with her skepticism and sentences from Scripture taken out of context. Catechized Catholics chimed in to, once again, explain Aramaic language, definition and theology.
We tucked that in, but she continued to post things that were not coming from a healthy spiritual place.
This morning, she started a thread with several other misunderstandings, chief among them was her disagreement with the Credo of the Catholic Church as being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. She said Catholics don't like it when she tells them Catholicism is just a 'denomination' of a smorgasbord of salvific religions.
What exactly are Catholics supposed to like about it? It's a heresy.
Quite frankly, I don't understand how a practicing Catholic could recite the Creed and then run home and post stuff like this on the internet.
How is it possible this person was hired as a centurion of Catholic theological content?
But I digress.
On this feast day, I offer readers the magnificence of Catholic teaching on the Body of Christ. Most especially for people who have the misfortune of encountering this heresy and are looking for Catholic theology:
-The purpose of God's Incarnation was to leave His Body on earth mystically and that Body is the Catholic Church.
-The Catholic Church is the Mystical Body of Christ in Its entirety. There are no body parts of Christ outside of the Catholic Church.
-The Sacrament to absolve sin is in the Catholic Church.
-At the price of His Bloody Sacrifice, He bequeathed to us His Body and Blood in the Catholic Church.
-The properties of Divinity in the Body and Blood of Christ which contain Sanctifying Grace is in the Catholic Church.
-Those who are not Catholics are outside of Christ's Mystical Body and separated from the River of Life that flows within It.
-Catholics are the apostolic inheritors of Christ's Body and Blood and this makes us Christians but the Catholic Church is not a Christian Church. It is the Mystical Body of Christ.
-Martin Luther stormed out of Christ's Church and created his own religion which has splintered into thousands of pieces and these are referred to as Christian Churches.
-Many who inherited this fate deeply love Christ and are exercising service on Christ's behalf with the limitations of comprehension passed onto them through generations. The salvation of individuals who die in this state will be adjudicated through and by the Catholic Church (Christ's Mystical Body). Some will receive mercy, some will not. No mortal can ever know which is which.
-The role of the Mystical Body of Christ is conversion of those on the outside. To teach, govern, sanctify, convert all nations and each Baptized Catholic is empowered as an instrument in this mission.
-The woman that I spoke of above - do you know she actually said that had she bumped into Catholics who told her about the Eucharist, evangelism she referred to as cruelty and a cult, she never would have converted?
LOL. Only on the Feast of Corpus Christi does that demon rise out of the abyss.
"O Lord, we cannot go to the pool of Siloe to which you sent the blind man. But we have the chalice of Your Precious Blood, filled with life and light. The purer we are, the more we receive."
- St. Ephraem
I hunger for the bread of God, the flesh of Jesus Christ ...; I long to drink of his blood, the gift of unending love.
- St. Ignatius of Antioch
"I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master."
- St. John Vianney
"You come to me and unite Yourself intimately to me under the form of nourishment. Your Blood now runs in mine, Your Soul, Incarnate God, compenetrates mine, giving courage and support. What miracles! Who would have ever imagined such!"
- St. Maximilian Kolbe
"Rabbi, where are you staying?" Each day the Church responds: Christ is present in the Eucharist, in the sacrament of His death and resurrection. In and through the Eucharist, you acknowledge the dwelling-place of the Living God in human history. For the Eucharist is the Sacrament of the Love which conquers death. It is the Sacrament of the Covenant, pure Gift of Love for the reconciliation of all humanity. It is the gift of the Real Presence of Jesus The Redeemer, in the bread which is His Body given up for us, in the wine which is His Blood poured out for all. Thanks to the Eucharist, constantly renewed among all peoples of the world, Christ continues to build His church: He brings us together in praise and thanksgiving for salvation, in the communion which only infinite love can forge. Our worldwide gathering now takes on its fullest meaning, through the celebration of the Mass. Dear young friends, may your presence here mean a true commitment in faith! For Christ is now answering your own question and the questions of all those who seek the Living God. He answers by offering an invitation: This is My Body, take It and eat. To the Father He entrusts His supreme desire: that all those whom He loves may be one in the same communion.
- St. John Paul II
Only through the Eucharist is it possible to live the heroic virtues of Christianity: charity, to the point of forgiving one's enemies; love for those who make us suffer; chastity in every age and situation of life; patience in suffering and when one is shocked by the silence of God in the tragedies of history or of one's own personal existence. You must always be Eucharistic souls in order to be authentic Christians
- St. John Paul II
The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace.
- St. John Paul II
Yes folks, how could we subject the uncatechized to such cruelty?
It's a cruel, cruel world.