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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Blessed Eucharist...The Greatest Treasure of the Catholic Church

“Jesus answered them, and said: Amen, amen I say to you, you seek me, not because you have seen miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you.  For him hath God, the Father, sealed.” (John 6:26-27, Douay Rheims)

“Our fathers did eat manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you; Moses gave you not bread from heaven, but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is that which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world.  They said therefore unto him: Lord, give us always this bread.  And Jesus said to them: I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall not hunger: and he that believeth in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:31-34, Douay Rheims)

“He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him.” (John 6:55-57, Douay Rheims)

The Blessed Eucharist is indeed a great mystery of faith; so much so that even many of the Jews that heard this said, “…How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (John 6:53)  Even the disciples on hearing this thought, “…This saying is hard, and who can hear it?” (John 6:61); so much so that, “…many of his disciples went back; and walked no more with him.” (John 6:67)

What more, for us mere mortals, with all our formed mindsets and conditioning, it can get pretty challenging, at different points of our life's journey, to fathom and embrace this fact...this truth of our faith.

This very day, in our journey through life, Jesus continues to pose this question to each one of us, pilgrims, “Will you also go away?” (John 6:68)

“And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5, Douay Rheims)

Indeed, the Sacred and Blessed Eucharist remains a very central mystery of our Catholic faith, especially to those of us who have not, the eyes of faith; rather, worldly-distorted vision.  In the Bible, St Paul reminds us that faith is the belief in things which we do not see.

I would like to repeat the simple question posted a few days earlier for reflection, “Do you truly believe in the real physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist?”

From the Book of Genesis and throughout the rest of the Holy Scriptures, we know that when God, Our Father in Heaven, speaks, what He commands is done in an instant.  It would be a tremendous pity if we, His children, were to doubt the words of Jesus when he assured us that “…behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Matthew 28:20)

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.” (John 1:11-12, Douay Rheims)

Many people today, mostly led astray by pride, conditioned mindsets and instigated by the devil through various means, still do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and even ridicule the Catholic doctrine about the Blessed Sacrament.

Even more humiliating sometimes, is that these could be the very, indifferent, people who professed that God is all-powerful, Creator of Heaven and Earth…yet, deep down, they cannot believe that He can transform bread and wine into His Body and His Blood.

In certain parts of the world, worshippers of Satan continue to secretly hold the “Black Mass” (the ultimate satanic rite to obtain magic satanic powers) where the entire service makes a mockery of the Catholic Mass...only the Catholic Mass...because of the Truth it contains.

Satanists steal only consecrated communion hosts from their local Catholic churches which are then desecrated at these “Black”services.  This is why, as a preventive measure, we can see wardens during Holy Communion, who is suppose to watch very carefully to make sure that no one receives the Eucharist and walks away without consuming the host.

Satan woeshippers actually recognize which are the consecrated hosts, transformed into the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ; and they will desecrate only these, with unimaginable blasphemies and mockery; cursing Jesus and honoring Satan.

Sad to say, even Catholics sometimes take the Eucharist for granted...not aware that even satanic occult groups believe in the real presence even more...for all the evil reasons...

As terrifying as this may sound, Satan does exist in this world promoting an eternity in Hell and he despises the real presence of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church.

Given this, should we then not be moved, ever more urgently, into a much greater devotion of this Sacred Sacrament, in order to nourish our souls and especially, to protect ourselves from the evil attacks of Satan.

“Come and see what thine eye has never seen; come and hear what thine ear has never heard; come and enjoy what on earth thy heart has never been conceived; come, enter into the joy of thy Lord forever and ever.” (Father Michael Muller, CSSR, p55, The Blessed Eucharist)

During Mass, a priest in Lanciano, Italy doubted that the bread and wine really became the Body and Blood of Jesus.  Before his very eyes, the host was actually encircled in flesh and the wine turned to blood!

This and many other true stories can be found at this link, which simply and brilliantly shares real testimonies from shrines of the various Eucharistic Miracles around the world; providing much-needed concrete evidence that Jesus is truly present in the Blessed feed this restless and hungry world and to protect us from all evil.

May our pilgrimage to these visible shrines today help increase the knowledge and love of Jesus in the most beautiful Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and make Him more widely known, adored and loved in what is suppose to be the greatest treasure (or secret) of the Catholic Church.

“Gustate et videte quoniam suavis est Dominus (“Taste and see how sweet is the Lord”) (Psalm 33:9)  Come, then and taste this heavenly food for yourself.  Let neither the example of others nor the pleasures of the world nor the coldness of your own heart deprive you of so rich a consolation.” (Father Michael Muller, CSSR, p81, The Blessed Eucharist)