++++++++++++++++++++God's timing is not our timing, but He is never late.++++++++++++++++++++

Layers - in the knowledge of God and the path to holiness

Learning about God is like unwrapping a head of lettuce, pealing back one leaf at a time. Always there is another leaf below. We will eventually reach the center of the head of lettuce; but we will never unwrap everthing there is to know about God.

The path to holiness is like pealing an onion. God shows us what is sinful and convicts us that we have sinned. No matter how sweet the onion, there are always tears in the peeling. No matter how sweet the grace of repentence, there are always the pain of letting go of the sin. As the peeling of the onion reveals another layer, so God shows us what we lack in holiness, drawing us ever closer to "be(ing) perfect even just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48

What I Believe

Why I am and always will be a Catholic. "So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. Tthe living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever." John 6:53-58 The words and actions of man cannot sanctify. Only the priest, empowered by his ordination, can invoke the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into Jesus so we can receive Him - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity into our bodies and souls. This is the core of the Catholic Church; without this there is no purpose or meaning to the Catholic Church. There are other ways to holiness, to grow in grace; there is no better way than union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Visitation Catholic Church

Visitation Catholic Church

Friday, April 9, 2010

Real Presence

How is Jesus present in the Eucharist? Some believe He isn’t. Some believe that He is there only during worship. Some believe that His presence is there only if the person receiving believes He is there. The Church believes and teaches that at the moment of consecration, when the priest (regardless of his worthiness) invokes the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine is transformed into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, permanently. This is why we are able to have chapels where we can adore Jesus and talk to Him “face to face.” His presence is not dependent on our spirituality. If two people were in an adoration chapel, one believing in the Real Presence and one not, Jesus would be there for both, physically. The adoration chapels are only an offshoot of the true purpose of the Eucharist. Jesus did not mean the Eucharist for us to gaze on and adore Him. The reason for His Presence in the Eucharist is so we have a way to be nourished spiritually. The Eucharist is compared to the manna in the desert - our daily bread, if we so desire. The Eucharist is a physical assurance. When we receive the Eucharist in Communion, we have received Jesus into our bodies. How our souls receive Him depends on our souls, the sin we have committed that block up the doors and window of our souls. We receive Jesus into our bodies; bur our sins can block Him from nourishing our souls with His graces. Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 11:27 “Whoever, therefore, eats 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.” Not only do we block the graces of the Eucharist, but we also are guilty of profanity against the Lord.

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