Respect for the Most Holy Eucharist Par22

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Thanks be to God, most people where I’ve been are generally respectful, but there have been some terrible abuses to the Eucharist reported over the years. For example, it was horrifying to read about pastors finding consecrated Hosts stuck beneath the pews like chewing gum, or people putting Hosts in their pockets. This sort of thing comes from two factors: a lack of solid catechesis about the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist, and feeling pressured to receive Jesus during Communion time at Mass.

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Holy Communion

Holy Communion

I’d like to begin this article with a personal note to you all.

The Holy Eucharist is the very heart of our holy and ancient Faith. Christianity makes absolutely no sense without this most precious of the divinely instituted sacraments. Indeed, it is beyond the imagination of this writer, who is a convert from agnosticism, what attraction exists in non-Catholic Christianity for those who don’t accept the fulness of Christ’s teaching on the Holy Eucharist. It is the singular truth of the Most Holy Eucharist that has made this convert (and countless others) fall helplessly, hopelessly, passionately in love with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My most sincere prayer is that the Holy Spirit will reach into the depths of your heart with these and other previously stated Eucharistic truths, and that you will respond with a life-long embrace of the One who gives you perfect love through this most adorable sacrament. J.S.

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New Words That Bring Light

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A little girl named Ann and her father were non-Catholics who were visiting New York City. Ann was very interested in visiting different kinds of churches, so her father took her into a non-Catholic church where they admired the organ, stained glass windows and the intricately hand-carved pulpit.

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The One True Church (Part IV)

The One True Church (Part IV)

In our last installment, we began looking at the four marks of the Church; that is, that she is one. Today we will continue with the second mark, stating that the Church is holy. Before we do, however, we need to define the origin of the Church a little more deeply.

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Is a Greek Orthodox Mass Valid?

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A close friend invited us to attend a wedding at a Greek Orthodox Church, can we receive communion as Catholics and will the Mass be a valid one?

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