DAILY CATHOLIC     CORPUS CHRISTI WEEKEND     June 12-14, 1998     vol. 9, no. 114

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. In this issue for Corpus Christi Sunday, she truly gets to the heart of the matter with her column on the True Presence of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity with THE HEART OF OUR RELIGION. She reminds us all that we have the most beautiful gift possible and that if we truly recognize Him now, we will have no problem recognizing Him - and He recognizing us - when it's "Judgment Time."

         Her column, along with columns by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. and Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv., provide 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.


THE HEART OF OUR RELIGION

          It would be ludicrous to ask a person if he could live without his heart. We all know that a human heart is necessary to pump blood throughout the body and is necessary to bringing life sustaining nutrients to all areas of the body. A heart is necessary for LIFE.

          Our Catholic Faith has a "heart," also, which is NECESSARY for its LIFE, STRENGTH and SUSTENANCE. It isnít visible or "felt" like the human heart, but it is every bit as important and even more so. Why? Because spiritual things are more REAL than material things and because the "heart" of our Faith is more than a part of our body, "IT" is a Person... the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God made Man, Who is Jesus Christ.

          I am speaking about the Holy Eucharist, the consecrated Host which at the words of a priest at Mass, "This is My Body,..." becomes Jesus - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. This Mystery, this Truth, this Doctrine of the Church which dates back to the Last Supper, is the HEART of our Faith.

          Without Faith in Our Lordís Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, a personís faith is Life-less. It is without meaning and superficial.

          There is an element within the Church today which seeks to proclaim the Holy Eucharist, the consecrated Host, as only a SYMBOL. I heard one priest tell me that we are not cannibals, we do not eat human flesh. My answer is: Father, you are correct, we are NOT cannibals, for cannibals eat dead meat. Jesus is ALIVE and because Love desires union and Jesus wants to be as close to us as possible, He gave us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink, just as He stated in the Scriptures.

          For any Catholic, be he priest or lay person, to deny the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is to deny this Sacrament as a Sacrament of Love, is to fail to recognize that we are greatly loved by God, that God wishes to be an integral part of our lives. It is to remove the HEART of our religion out of our Faith, which then cannot survive.

          I often say: I want to love SOMEONE, not a symbol. What symbol is meaningful enough for me, as a consecrated religious, to give my whole life to "its" service? How "cold" a "symbol" can be!! How "warm" LOVE is Himself!

          Satan is striking at the HEART of Catholic Faith. "To be forewarned is to be forearmed."

          Every day make an Act of Faith in Our Lordís Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Donít let anyone talk you into believing the Holy Eucharist is only a symbol.

          We will all come Face to face with the Son of God some day. Let us profess our Faith in His Real Presence while on this earth. Then in Heaven "Faith" will not be necessary for we shall "possess" Him in Whom we have believed.

          God bless you!


June 12-14, 1998       volume 9, no. 114
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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