Vatican City, Jun 26, 2011 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).– The Eucharist is the medicine which can heal our individualist society, Pope Benedict XVI said in his midday Angelus address on Corpus Christi Sunday.
“In an increasingly individualistic culture in which Western societies are immersed – and which is tending to spread throughout the world – the Eucharist is a kind of ‘antidote’ which operates in the minds and hearts of believers and is continually sowing in them the logic of communion, of service, of sharing – in other words, the logic of the Gospel,” said Pope Benedict to pilgrims in St. Peters Square on June 26.
Catholics believe that the bread and wine offered by Christ at the Last Supper literally became his body and blood – and that this same miracle is repeated by priests at every Mass since. Hence the name of today’s festivity – ‘Corpus Christi’ Sunday or ‘Body of Christ’ Sunday.
“From the Eucharist,” observed the Pope, “the Risen Christ is truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit. And in the following generations through the centuries, the Church, despite the limitations and human errors, has continued to be a force for communion throughout the world.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Eucharist as the “source and summit” of Christian life. As the Pope bluntly put it today, “without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.”
The Pope noted this belief in the centrality of the Eucharist has manifested itself throughout the history of the Church, beginning with the earliest Christian communities in Jerusalem who shared all possessions in common.
“From what came all this? From the Eucharist that is the Risen Christ, truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit.”
He then drew upon the example of the fourth century Abitene martyrs from North Africa who chose to die rather than deprive themselves of Sunday Mass in the face of Roman persecution. They proclaimed “Sine Dominico non possumus’ – without the ‘Dominicum’ – without the Sunday Eucharist, we cannot live.”
Pope Benedict concluded by urging all pilgrims to turn to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was described by Pope John Paul II as the “Woman of the Eucharist.”
“At her school, our lives become fully ‘Eucharistic’, open to God and others, capable of transforming evil into good with the power of love, striving to promote unity, fellowship, brotherhood.”
It seems as no mystery to me that the Church’s calendar celebrates the Body and Blood this past Sunday and then today, Monday, we have the option of celebrating the memorial of St. Cyril of Alexandria and in the old calendar (1962 Roman Missal) we celebrate Our Lady of Perpetual Help whose image is of the Blessed Virgin holding the infant Jesus.
All of this ties in to the fact that there is nothing more important than Christ. Nothing more important than knowing that He is present in the Blessed Sacrament. And that there is no creature better apt at helping us to see, believe and understand this than His Own Mother.
She lived Who we receive in Communion. Her relatives were filled with the Holy Spirit upon hearing her voice while she carried the Lord in the tabernacle that was her womb. She adored Him humbled on the Cross, the Lamb of God, for our sins.
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The Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally….My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”