The Holy Eucharist
Too many Catholics don't believe in the real presence of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. Therefore, we continue our series on the Eucharist, bringing you a few capsule paragraphs from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism to confirm this.
No. 1357 to 1359, page 342 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
: We carry out this command of the Lord by celebrating the memorial of
his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself
given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of
the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood
of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present.
We must therefore consider the Eucharist as:
-thanksgiving and praise to the Father
-the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body;
-the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit.
The Eucharist, the sacrament of our salvation accomplished by Christ
on the cross, is also a sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for the work of
creation. In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation loved by God
is presented to the Father through the death and the Resurrection of
Christ. Through Christ the Church can offer the sacrifice of praise in
thanksgiving for all that God has made good, beautiful, and just in
creation and in humanity.
From the Baltimore Catechism No. 4; Benziger Brothers, Inc and Tan Books
and Publishers, Inc. Nos. 252-256, Page 207
Q: When are we bound to receive Holy Communion?
A: We are bound to receive Holy Communion, under pain of mortal
sin, during the Easter time and when in danger of death.
Q: Is it well to receive Holy Communion often?
A: It is well to receive Holy Communion often, as nothing is a
greater aid to a holy life than often to receive the Author of all graces
and the Source of all good.
Q: What should we do after Holy Communion?
A; After Holy Communion we should spend some time in adoring Our
Lord, in thanking Him for the graces we have received and in asking Him for
the blessings we need.