So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

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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