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.

Friday, April 1, 2016

It's no joke: heretics and dissenters are excluded from receiving the Holy Eucharist.

No, this is not an April Fool's prank. Only a fool would contradict the Church's first apologist.

St. Justin Martyr reminds us who ought and who ought not to receive the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
And this food is called among us Eukaristia [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh. For the apostles, in the memoirs composed by them, which are called Gospels, have thus delivered unto us what was enjoined upon them; that Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, said, "This do ye in remembrance of Me, this is My body;" and that, after the same manner, having taken the cup and given thanks, He said, "This is My blood;" and gave it to them alone.—St. Justin Martyr, Apology I, LXVI — Of The Eucharist, A.D. 150-160.
Say what?!

To the modern ear, St. Justin's teaching might sound harsh. However, he merely hands on faithfully the teaching of Christ's Church. That is, the Body and Blood of Christ may not be received by or offered to anyone who is not prepared to satisfy the following three conditions.
"... of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who..."
  1. "... believes that the things which we teach are true,...". Only one who accepts completely the Church's teaching ought to receive the Holy Eucharist. The Church teaches, of course, that one must be in a state of grace to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
  2. "... and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins and unto regeneration,... ". The Holy Eucharist is not for pagans, i.e., the unbaptized.
  3. "... and who is so living as Christ has enjoined." Those who do not live as Christ and His Church teaches ought not to receive the Holy Eucharist.
The Sacrament of Penance (Confession) is the wonderful means by which we can be restored in Christ if we have wandered from the safety of Holy Mother Church. Do not hesitate to confess your sins — your eternal soul is on the line! Experience the joy and confidence of knowing your sins are completely forgiven through the ministry of the priest who, by virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is able to forgive sins in Jesus' Name.

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