November 12, 1997   vol 8, no.29

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"...the Bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world."

John 6: 52
When it's fourth and long, we don't have to punt when we have the greatest playbook available to lead us for big yardage in our drive toward the ultimate victory. The playbook is the Catechism of the Catholic Church and it works against all defenses thrown at us. We continue with the subject of the Holy Eucharist in our catechesis, bringing you what the Church has said in both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism with capsule paragraphs to contemplate on without ingesting too much information. Click on Catechism Capsules


    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. 1414 to 1417, pages 356 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:

    As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God.

   Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in a state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance.

   Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the communicantís union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins, and preserves him from grave sins. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.

   The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion each time they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges them to do so at least once a year.

From the Baltimore Catechism No. 3; Benziger Brothers, Inc and Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. No. 898, 899, 901, 903 and 904 pages 191, 192, and 193

Q: What is Holy Communion?
A: Holy Communion is the receiving of the body and blood of Christ.

Q: Is it not beneath the dignity of Our Lord to enter our bodies under the appearance of ordinary food?
A: It is not beneath the dignity of Our Lord to enter our bodies under the appearance of ordinary food any more than it was beneath His dignity to enter the body of His Blessed Mother and remain there as an ordinary child for nine months. Christ's dignity, being infinite, can never be diminished by any act on His own or on our part.

Q: What is necessary to make a good Communion?
A: To make a good Communion it is necessary to be in the state of sanctifying grace and to fast according to the laws of the Church.

Q: Does he who receives Communion in mortal sin receive the body and blood of Christ?
A: He who receives Communion in mortal sin receives the body and blood of Christ, but does not receive His grace, and commits a great sacrilege.

Q: Is it enough to be free from mortal sin to receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion?
A: To receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion it is not enough to be free from mortal sin, but we should be free from all affection to venial sin, and should make acts of lively faith, of firm hope, and ardent love.

Laugh and the Angels laugh with you!

Outside of prayer, humor can be one of the great medicines available today and it's free...unlike mega expensive prescriptions. In these days of obscene costs and obscene humor in the media, we bring you some good clean fun with The Lighter Side each week. Today we do some substracting that adds up to a chuckle for all...well at least you and me. Click on Accounting for All God's Flock

     We are asked to pray daily for our fellow man, and that seems like a lot of souls to petition for. Last count was a billion plus and counting. How does the Almighty keep track of everyone? We bring you this bit of humor just about the good folk here in the good ol' US of A, which when you subtract the numbers adds up to a laugh or two. Despite the chuckles, don't stop praying for 'em though! The more the merrier!

Accounting for All God's Flock

     Praying for all these people can be tiring. Why am I so tired? For a couple years I've been blaming it on iron poor blood, lack of vitamins, dieting and a dozen other maladies. But now I found out the real reason:      I'm tired because I'm overworked. Why? Here's the reason:
The population of this country is 237 million.


with a Catholic slant



     NEW YORK (CWN) - Cardinal John O'Connor of New York said this week that he is considering re-opening the cause for canonization of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933.

       The cardinal first advanced the idea ten years ago and said that he plans to discuss the idea with Day's friends and supports next month. Day converted to Catholicism in the 1930s after engaging in a dissolute lifestyle as a confirmed Socialist. She later started a soup kitchen and houses of hospitality and began a newspaper called "The Catholic Worker."

       Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, said that since the cardinal didn't personally know Day, who died 17 years ago, he wanted to meet with those lived and worked with her before he makes a decision. The long canonization process begins with the petition by a local bishop for an investigation to be made into the life and work of an acclaimed person.

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"It is honorable for a man to shun strife, while every fool starts a quarrel."

Proverbs 20: 3

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November 12, 1997 volume 8, no. 29         DAILY CATHOLIC

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