This is the first Wednesday of CityofGod.Blog Catechisis. The Church forever teaches the ‘real presence’ in the Consecrated Hosts. However; according to a recent published report, many Catholics surveyed below, astonishingly, did not know this central Truth of our Faith. This is why I am committing to post each Wednesday, on critical Catechism dogmas to investigate and review. Using, the traditional school calendar year September thru May, with normal seasonal breaks to be announced). City’s Class Title will always include “RCIA-C” and be numbered sequentially so you know how to search for the study you may miss. All classes, also will be found in the drop down subtitles, under the Apostle Creed. (RCIA-C – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult – Catholics!) There are many important truths, ALL Catholics are called to know them, tucked inside this Credo pledge we take every week. Apologist need to understand and be able to reference our dogma to the Holy Scriptures. If your are not interested? Ok, you needn’t answer to the City, tell it to the Judge one day.
How well Satan Deceives?
According to Pew Research study; one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church, that Eucharist is the body, blood of Christ (August 5, 2019 )! Hard to believe this? The vast majority of those who believe that the bread and wine actually becomes the body and blood of Christ – 28% of all Catholics – do know that this is what the church teaches. Do you know, this Gift and Doctrine separates Catholics from ALL other peoples? How can you not believe: Transubstantiation – “the bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ” –This, is central to our Catholic faith. Can YOU be CATHOLIC, and not know and believe this? But with imperfect faith you casually proceed to the altar to receive the Holy Eucharist? Then you may also not be aware that you are “crucifying Jesus.” CCC#2120
2120 – Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us. (canon 1367,1376)
IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE OF FAITH :
NOT FOUND OUTSIDE OUR CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH:
775 – 775 “The Church, in Christ, is like a sacrament – a sign and instrument, that is, of communion with God and of unity among all men.” (LG1) The Church’s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God. Because men’s communion with one another is rooted in that union with God, the Church is also the sacrament of the unity of the human race. In her, this unity is already begun, since she gathers men “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues” (198-Rev7:9); at the same time, the Church is the “sign and instrument” of the full realization of the unity yet to come.
1088 – “To accomplish so great a work” – the dispensation or communication of his work of salvation – “Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the Sacrifice of the Mass not only in the person of his minister, ‘the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross,’ but especially in the Eucharistic species. By his power he is present in the sacraments so that when anybody baptizes, it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. Lastly, he is present when the Church prays and sings, for he has promised ‘where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.”‘ (11-SC 7, Mt18:20)
1209 – The criterion that assures unity amid the diversity of liturgical traditions is fidelity to apostolic Tradition, i.e., the communion in the faith and the sacraments received from the apostles, a communion that is both signified and guaranteed by apostolic succession.
1410 – It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharistic sacrifice. And it is the same Christ, really present under the species of bread and wine, who is the offering of the Eucharistic sacrifice.
1411 – Only validly ordained priests can preside at the Eucharist and consecrate the bread and the wine so that they become the Body and Blood of the Lord.
II. THE EUCHARIST – SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF ECCLESIAL LIFE
1324 The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” 136 (LG11) “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.“(137- PO 5)
1325 “The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.” (138- Cong of Rites- instruction Eucharisticum Mysterium 6)
1326 Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. (139 – 1Cor15:28)
1327 In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.“ (140 – St Ireneous Adv.Haeres4, 18, 5; pg7/2,1028)
1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.” “And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner. . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory.”190 (Council of Trent 1562 Doctrina de ss Missae sacrificio, c. 2 DS 1743; (Hb9:14-27)
II. THE EUCHARIST – SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF ECCLESIAL LIFE 1368 The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the Church. The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. She unites herself to his intercession with the Father for all men. In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.
III. PRESENCE OF CHRIST by the
POWER of HIS WORD, and the HOLY SPIRIT:
1373 “Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us,” is present in many ways to his Church:197- Rom8:34 cf LG) in his word, in his Church’s prayer, “where two or three are gathered in my name,“(199-Mt18:20) in the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned, (199- Mt18:25-37) in the sacraments of which he is the author, in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the person of the minister. But “he is present …. most especially in the Eucharistic species.”200 (SC7)
1374 The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.”201-(Thomas STh III,73,3c) In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.“202 ( Council Trent 1551, (DS1651)) “This presence is called ‘real’ – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”203 (Paul VI MF39)
1375 It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion.
Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:
It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God’s. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.204 (Chrysostom prod. jud. 1:6 pg49, 390.)
And St. Ambrose says about this conversion:
Be convinced that this is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed. …. Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.205 (De myst9,50,52: PL16 405-407)
1376 The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.”206 ( Council Trent 1551, (DS1641) Mt26:26; Lk22:19; 1Cor11:24))
1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.207 ( Council Trent 1551, (DS1641)
IV. CHRIST’S PRESENCE IN THE CHURCH:
1380 – It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which he loved us “to the end,”209 (Jn13:1) even to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us,210 (Gal2:20) and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love: The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease
1381 – “That in this sacrament are the true Body of Christ and his true Blood is something that ‘cannot be apprehended by the senses,’ says St. Thomas, ‘but only by faith, which relies on divine authority.’ For this reason, in a commentary on Luke 22:19 (‘This is my body which is given for you.’), St. Cyril says: ‘Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie.’“212 (St Thomas Aquinas STh III,75,1; Paul VI , MF18; St.Cyril of Alexander, In Luc.22, 19:Pg72, 912;)
V. “He Said it, I believe it, that’s Final’
We have it on Divine Authority, not from Deceivers:
The God of the Universes – seen and unseen, (ccc#26, 231, 337-8) He who created all things from nothing (ccc#300, 304, 308), maintains all life, through His Word (ie. Laws – Order, Obey(ccc#144) gravity, time, volume, density,(ccc#341 etc), your breath, sunshine on your face, mountain ranges, bright celestial skies, your intricate human body, soul and spirit. You think, this living God, cannot choose to present himself in the Eucharist? Or as a cloud, Congeal the Nile river, speak from a burning bush, “ I AM sent you (#205)”, and dwell within you? Really? You DO NOT believe he can or will raise billions of souls from the dead. Since, you cannot believe in “His real presence”, something much simpler than all the above! “That He could appear as He so desires, when, where or IF he so desires, in the Host of His bloody heart tissue! ‘ “And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. “Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God (ccc#2120): because we have given testimony against God (ccc#2120), that he hath raised up Christ; whom he hath not raised up, if the dead rise not again.” “And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain, for you are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:14-15,17)
Then you MUST believe all the above OR is this your imagination? or mine? Yet, you imagine we are sharing your very same dream?, Or this life is mere fantasy, “The Matrix”? Even that, where would that originate? You are hopeless, (this 68% of you in unbelief) WHATEVER YOU ARE; BUT YOU ARE NOT CATHOLIC?
Daily Indulgence: Partial indulgence, (7 yrs) for those who assist at mass, or on occasion (10 yrs) at the end of a novena. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions (Pius X, Rescript in his own hand, Nov 15,1907, exhib., Nov 19,1907; Benedict XV, Rescript in hi own hand, Nov 25, 1916,exhib., Dec30,1916; S.P. Ap., May 21, 1933).