|The Last Supper
"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" (Matthew 26:26-28)
God's love for us is poured out in the sacrament of the Eucharist, where Christ is truly present for us, giving us life and healing.
The Roman Catholic Church has consistently held fast to the belief in the Real Presence. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church: paragraph 1374
In many ways, Our Lord, is calling us to worship and receive Him in the
Eucharist. He speaks this desire in many ways: through the Pope and the Magisterium of the
Church, in the Bible (Jn. 6), through his Blessed Mother in approved Marian apparitions,
through the testimonies of Saints and Martyrs, through Eucharistic miracles, through
Church approved messages given by Jesus by Divine Revelation, through our souls who long
for Jesus in Communion, and through our suffering world which is in much need of prayer
before the Blessed Sacrament. Unfortunately many of us disbelieve or have grown
indifferent towards Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Angel's Prayer at Fatima
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.
Our Lady of America
With the kind permission of
The Our Lady of America Center
Regarding Our Lady of America
Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke,
Archbishop of St. Louis,
now Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.
The painting of The Last Supper by Carl Bloch is used with the permission of
Det Nationalhistoriske Museum på Frederiksborg, Hillerød, Denmark
* Modern Catholic Dictionary by John A. Hardon, S.J.,
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