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Eucharist

  1. 1. Crisis of Faith in the Eucharist
  2. 2. PROBLEM Is there a crisis of faith in the Eucharist among once believing Catholics? If there is, how are we to cope up with this crisis?
  3. 3. PROBLEM Crisis in the Eucharist is the worst crime in the Catholic faith according to St. Theresa of Avila.
  4. 4. MAGISTERIUM So serious is this issue that during the II Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI forwarded encyclical on the Real Presence called Mysterium Fidei (September 23, 1965), In English, The Mystery of Faith.
  5. 5. MAGISTERIUM Pope Paul VI earnestly hoped that the restored sacred Liturgy introduced by Vatican II would bring abundant fruit of Eucharistic devotion. He urges the faithful not to be frustrated by the spread of false ideas which are pervading the Church of God.
  6. 6. MAGISTERIUM He quotes at length, then analyzes the two principles of heretical teachings that have deeply penetrated Catholic circles in the last thirty years.
  7. 7. Foundation of Our Faith in the Eucharist
  8. 8. The fundamental truth about the Eucharist was revealed in the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel. “Jesus had just fed the multiple, thousands with five loaves and two fishes.” Jesus told the multiple that they must be fed not only in body but also and mainly in the soul.
  9. 9. And that is why Jesus would give His followers nothing less than His own body to eat and blood to drink.  Then the disciples said to one another, “This is intolerable language. Who can believe it?”  All the disciples walk out and left Jesus
  10. 10. Martin Luther denied the Real Presence and the sacrificial aspect of the Eucharist, accepting it only as a banquet. Bishops and Theologians of the 16th century, denied that Christ had instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders and thus conferred upon priests the power to change the bread and wine into his own body and blood.
  11. 11. While abortion, murder, pedophilia, rape or suicide are terrible crimes, they are not as grave as the crime of desecration against the Eucharist. It is because the Eucharist is really, truly, substantially Jesus Christ- a supernatural being in the accidence of bread. (Council of Trent, Session 22, par. 8, 1562)
  12. 12. Transignification and Transfinalization instead of Transubstanciation.
  13. 13. There are two master teachers of profound error on the real presence. Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ (Transignification) Edward Schillebeeckx (Transfinalization)
  14. 14. The error of Transignification is the view that Christ’s presence in the Eucharist means the consecration at mass is performed only a change of meaning or significance of the bread and wine takes place. The bread and wine acquire a higher meaning than merely food for the body; but they remain bread and wine.
  15. 15. Transignification is very close allied to Transfinalization. In fact this two are synonymous but quite. The purpose of Eucharistic elements is simply to make Christ’s presence more intimate. Jesus was present in the consecration and is still present after the consecration- nothing happened to the bread and wine.
  16. 16. Challenge! If we want to become closer to the Heart of Jesus, we must frequently receive him and adore him in his presence in the most Holy Eucharist! Each of us must practice the spirituality of the HEART!
  17. 17. C- onversion All of us needs to change our lives to put them in line with God’s demands. We should incarnate this conversion into an affective action. No renewal can move forward without it.
  18. 18. O- ffering our daily lives Offering our daily lives in all sincerity and seriousness to God means asking him to work through each of us, to fulfill his will and purpose not only in ourselves but also in the ongoing course of the plan of salvation.
  19. 19. R- eparative Adoration When we commit sin, we abandon God. When we adore the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, we make up for the abandonment that we did to him when we commit sin.
  20. 20. May the Hearts of Jesus and Mary be praised every where! Ave Maria!

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