DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 4-6, 1999     vol. 10, no. 108

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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    INTRODUCTION
      "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns.

      Today Sister focuses on this Sunday's Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, known in past times simply as Corpus Christi Sunday when all attention was placed on the Most Blessed Sacrament and the true nature of the Sacred Mystery of Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Holy Eucharist. It was a time when parish processions took place, forty hour devotion and people paid attention to staying in the state of sanctifying grace so they could worthily receive Jesus in Holy Communion. This is what Sister reminds us of today, that nothing has changed and we better understand this and return all reverence to and for Him as she points out in her column "Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity!"

      Her column provides effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www .heartofmaryministry. com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy @aol.com by e-mail.

"BODY AND BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY!"

          This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the "Body of Christ!" Of the seven Sacraments which Jesus gave us, this is the Holiest, because IT is JESUS HIMSELF!

          Due to over 25 years of poor Catholic teaching of the Faith, many American Catholics today question that the Holy Eucharist is truly the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus. Many claim that the Holy Eucharist is only a symbol. Yet Jesus Himself at the Last Supper said: "THIS IS MY BODY... THIS IS MY BLOOD...!" He did not say, "This is a SYMBOL of My Body, etc."

          God is the Supreme Being, Infinitely Perfect, Who made all things and keeps them in existence. God can do anything. He can create universes, move mountains, divide seas, bring the dead to life. By His Own Divine Power He CAN change unleavened bread and simple wine into Himself. God is God. God DOES exist. At His Word all things were made.

          One of the tactics of the evil one today is to get people to try to REASON OUT everything. If something cannot be understood by reason, then, many people think, it must not be true. Yet common sense would dictate that there are many mysteries in the natural world. Who understands the causes of all kinds of cancer? What are the cures for all kinds of cancer? Who knows for sure how the universe began? Where is the end of the universe? How many galaxies are there? How can man travel to Mars and back safely? Do we know for sure if there is life on other planets? What is the cure for AIDS? If there are mysteries in the natural world around us, we should not be surprised if there are mysteries in the supernatural world. Why should the human mind, which does not compare to the intelligence of the angels and most especially God, think that God cannot work a profound miracle and change bread and wine into Himself?

          God can do anything He wants to do. "Nothing is impossible for God."

          In college I learned in philosophy that spiritual things are more real than material things. Because we cannot see with our eyes, nor hear with our ears, does not mean that something isnít true. If God said it, I believe it. I donít need "proof" or reason to convince me. I need Faith. And so far, God has blessed me with such.

          It follows, therefore, that if the Holy Eucharist IS the Son of God, Himself, then each of us should receive Our Lord with the purest soul possible. For anyone to receive Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin, they would commit another mortal sin called a sacrilege and their spiritual condition would be worse then it was before.

          This Sunday when I receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, I shall pray for you that your Faith in Our Lordís Real Presence is made stronger each day and that you will find in the Blessed Sacrament all the strength you need to live a holy and virtuous life. In Our Lordís Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament is all the hope, love and strength we need to live.

          God bless you!

June 4-6, 1999       volume 10, no. 108
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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