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How long is Jesus present in the Eucharist after we’ve received Communion?

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"We have to pay proper respect to Our Lord"

The great treasure of the Catholic Church is the Eucharist — Jesus himself hidden under the appearances of bread and wine. We believe, as the Catechism states, that “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'” (CCC 1374).

Additionally, this Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist does not end immediately when we receive him at Communion time. The Catechism goes on to explain how, “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist” (CCC 1377).

What does that mean when we receive him into our mouths? How long does Jesus’ Real Presence remain in our bodies?

There is a famous story from the life of Saint Philip Neri that helps answer that question. One day while he was celebrating Mass, a man received Holy Communion and left the church early. The man appeared to have no regard for the Presence within him and so Philip Neri decided to use this opportunity as a teaching moment. He sent two altar boys with lighted candles to follow the man outside of the church. After a while walking through the streets of Rome, the man turned around to see the altar boys still following him. Confused, the man returned to the church and asked Philip Neri why he sent the altar boys. Saint Philip Neri responded by saying, “We have to pay proper respect to Our Lord, Whom you are carrying away with you. Since you neglect to adore Him, I sent two acolytes to take your place.” The man was stunned by the response and resolved to be more aware of God’s presence in the future.

It is generally assumed that the Eucharistic species of bread remains for about 15 minutes after reception. This is based on simple biology and reflects the Catechism’s statement that the presence of Christ “endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.”

This is why many saints have recommended offering 15 minutes of prayer after receiving the Eucharist as a thanksgiving to God. This allows the soul to savor the presence of God and have a true “heart-to-heart” with Jesus.

In our face paced world it is often difficult to remain long after Mass, but that doesn’t mean we can’t at least pray a brief prayer of thanksgiving. The main point is that we need to remember Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist stays with us for several minutes and presents us with a special time when we can commune with our Lord and feel his love within us.

If one day you forget, don’t be surprised if your parish priest sends altar servers to follow you to your car when you leave Mass early!

 


Article published on https://aleteia.org/2017/05/17/how-long-is-jesus-present-in-the-eucharist-after-weve-received-communion/

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The ‘fount and apex’ of the Christian Life

5 OrdainedThis week, I will have the awesome privilege of ordaining two men to the sacred diaconate, and five men to the sacred priesthood.

Their new lives in these sacred ministries of priesthood and diaconate will begin in the context of the Holy Eucharist.  During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I will place my hands upon their heads and pray the ancient words of ordination.  They will be changed forever; their souls, configured by an indelible mark, to unity in identity and mission with Jesus Christ.

Worship is, appropriately, the beginning of their sacred ministry.  Worship is also the ultimate purpose and end of their sacred ministry.  They are ordained to serve the poor in charity, to proclaim and teach the true faith, to offer the ministry of the sacraments, so that every single human soul might encounter Jesus Christ, by offering themselves, first and foremost, to God in sacred worship.

The Holy Eucharist is the source and the summit of their lives in sacred ministry.  And the same is true for each one of us.  In the Mass, we offer Christ’s self-gift to the Father in atonement for our sins, and we offer ourselves along with it. The Second Vatican Council taught that “the Eucharistic sacrifice”—the Mass—“is the fount and apex of the whole Christian life.”

Those who will be ordained deacons become servants of Christ in the poor and in the Eucharist, as they prepare for priesthood.  Those who will be ordained priests become servants of the Lord, and of the Church, as they celebrate and become stewards of the “fount and apex”—the Eucharistic Sacrifice.     

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Everything in the Christian life begins and ends with our participation in Jesus’ redeeming sacrifice on the cross.

The priests and deacons who will be ordained next week have given their lives, in response to God’s call, so that every person can find the “fount and apex” of life, of freedom, of salvation, in worship of the Lord in Holy Mass.

To accomplish their mission, they are anointed in the Holy Spirit, commissioned and empowered to go out to the whole world to proclaim the Gospel, and be an aid to salvation.  Priests and deacons are called to walk with Christ’s disciples, as Jesus did on the road to Emmaus, to encourage them, to accompany them, to teach them, and then, as Christ did, to feed them—in the breaking of sacred bread in sacrifice of the Mass.  Priests and deacons are called to open our eyes, to enflame our hearts, to assure us that Jesus walks along with us, as they do, and to assure us that Jesus calls us to deep friendship and intimacy with him, to the mission of the Gospel, and to holiness.

Pope Francis taught this year that there can be no “Christian mission apart from constant contemplative prayer. The Christian life needs to be nourished by attentive listening to God’s word and, above all, by the cultivation of a personal relationship with the Lord in Eucharistic adoration, the privileged ‘place’ for our encounter with God.”

To accomplish their mission, priests and deacons must be men of prayer.  Each one of us, in fact, must be men and women of prayer.   None of us can fulfill the mission of the Gospel unless we are fed by the presence of the Lord in prayer.  In the Christian life, intimacy precedes action.

I ask you to pray, with me, for the men who will be ordained this week.  Pray that they will be intimate friends of Christ.  Pray that they will be nourished in the Eucharistic sacrifice, and that each one of us will be nourished in the Eucharistic sacrifice through them.   Join me in thanking the Lord for the gift of their self-sacrifice.  And pray that each one of us will grow in friendship and fidelity to the Lord, so that we are able to hear his call, and strengthened by the “fount and apex” of our Christian life, follow the Lord as he calls us to become saints. 

 

Published originally on the Bishop's Column | http://www.lincolndiocese.org/op-ed/bishop-s-column/9044-he-fount-and-apex-of-the-christian-life

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Little Known Eucharistic Miracle in Alberta

st-joseph-church-mission-cowley-albertaOn July 18, 1946, Father Gino C. Violini stood before a small wooden church in a little town nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies in Southern Alberta. St. Joseph's was a forlorn, nearly-abandoned little mission church.

A small group of people gathered around this man dressed in mourning. They said they didn't need a priest; Cowley didn't need a priest, and if it ever came to pass that they needed one, they would inform Bishop Carroll of the fact. Furthermore, they didn't want to see him reading his breviary, and he could get rid of that cassock.

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The Proper Role of Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary-Minister-660x350-1438857588Every three years as the Church is reading the Gospel of Mark, during the dog days of summer it stops for five weeks and turns instead to the Gospel of John for instruction on the Eucharist. We began this process July 26 with the account of the sign of the multiplication of the loaves, and will continue it August 2 and 9 as we make our way through Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse.

Earlier this year, I wrote an article in these pages about the ongoing abuse of extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, a phenomenon that become de facto established in the Church in the United States, clear norms of the Holy See notwithstanding. I have long maintained that this phenomenon feeds the vocation crisis by dissociating priesthood from Communion. I also began to argue in that earlier piece that the ongoing abuse of extraordinary ministers engrains the functionalist and utilitarian mindset at the expense of symbolism. The functionalist/utilitarian mindset is so corrosive to modern mentality especially, e.g., in sexual ethics. In the present case, it reduces the symbolic act of the pastor who is “feeding my sheep” to a pragmatic act of “let’s get this done so as not to ‘unduly prolong’ Mass.” No wonder, then, that parenthood is also being progressively parceled up into generative, gestational, and upbringing “functions.” Priests, by neglecting the symbolic role of their spiritual paternity in feeding their people, do something analogous.

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The Sacred Heart Is The Holy Eucharist

sacred-heart-is-the-eucharistDevotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back to the early Church in the time of Divine Revelation. Like all other true devotion in the Catholic Church, devotions to the Sacred Heart is based on divine revealed truth.

Two passages in Sacred Scripture are the revealed foundations for the Sacred Heart devotion. The first is Christ's invitation to His followers, "Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart." The second revealed foundation is Christ's Sacred Heart being pierced on the cross by the soldier's lance. From the very beginning, the followers of Christ were devoted to the Heart of Jesus. Our focus will be on what we mean when we say the Sacred Heart is the Holy Eucharist. Then, we shall discuss why this is so and how we can put Sacred Heart devotion into practice.

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