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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A consecrated Host (the Body of Christ) falls to the floor. Does anyone care?

How can you tell if someone believes in the Real Presence, or not? Present them the following scenario and question:
A consecrated host falls on the ground. What is your reaction?
If the respondent expresses a casual or, worse, cavalier attitude toward the mishandling of a consecrated Host, you know that he or she doesn't accept that the Holy Eucharist really is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Any of the following or similar answers would necessarily confirm that the person responding does not believe that the consecrated bread and wine are in fact the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
  • What's the problem? It's just bread, don't worry.
  • Hey, no biggie. It happens. Just grab a broom and dustpan and sweep it up.
A believer in the Real Presence wouldn't hesitate to pick up the Host, inspect the area to determine whether or not any particles of the Host were left behind, then either 1) give the Host (and visible particles) to a priest to place in water to be dissolved and, once fully dissolved, to be returned directly to earth, or 2) immediately consume the Host and pick up any visible particles and also consume them.

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