We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eating and Drinking Condemnation

What kind of sin or sins should prevent someone from receiving Holy Communion? It seems that to the minds of most bishops and priests there isn't or are not any.

By refusing to safeguard the Holy Eucharist, our bishops, presbyters and deacons make a mockery of the teaching of Holy Scripture and permit innumerable sacrileges to go unchallenged. At the very least, clergy could preach a series of firm and clear messages regarding the appropriate disposition for receiving Holy Communion.

Should all the blame fall on our leaders? Of course not. The real blame falls on those who, encountering the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ,
eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, (for they) shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
Oh, but the Church-of-Nice (CoN) prohibits any fraternal correction of any kind—excerpt, perhaps, the correction and intimidation of those who promote faithfulness to the Magisterium. The CoN interprets any attempts to instruct others as a cruel act of shaming those whose dissent. If dissenters consciences are numb to the fact they are receiving unworthily the Body and the Blood of Christ, then perhaps a little shame over their defiance and other bad behaviour is what they need to feel if it helps them recover their immortal souls.

The CoN excludes just reproof from mercy. And so we hear:
  • How dare you withhold the Body and Blood of Jesus from the public and obstinate sinner who approaches the altar?!
  • How dare you politicize the Eucharist!
Why should clergy dare to withhold Holy Communion from those who openly and willfully defy God and Church and have no intent to conform their consciences to the same? It is right and just. We dare so to do in order to spare such a person from hellfire for not discerning the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. If we really care about the souls of dissenting politicians, for example, then we had best do what is necessary: approach them privately and confront them in charity to abandon their offending behaviour. If they remain obstinate, enlist others to help convince them to abandon their bad behaviour. If that fails, bring them before the Church and, again, confront them about their offending behaviour. Finally, barring any willingness to change their behaviour, acknowledge that they have put themselves outside the communion of the Catholic Church and refuse them communion until such a time that they publicly and convincingly repent (Canons 914, 915, 916).

If the above sounds unduly harsh, recall the following words of our Lord Jesus Christ:
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church; and if he refuses to listen even to the Church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.—St. Matthew 18:15-18.
If abuses are occurring in your parish, make an act of reparation for the sins committed against the sacred Body and most precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray the Lord has mercy on those who
eateth and drinketh unworthily, (those who) eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
Saint Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians Chapter 11 (DR)
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread.

And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.

In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.

For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.

Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.

But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
If you feel alone in your quest to remind your brothers and sisters about keeping the Faith, remember the following:
It only takes one saint to turn around a parish. Be holy; be a saint.

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