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Are we really eating Jesus in the Eucharist, or is it only symbolic?

Full Question Do we really "eat Jesus"? Don't the words of consecration call only for a symbolic interpretation of eating and drinking of Christ's body and…

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Can the Church founded by Christ mislead?

Many people who attack certain teachings end up showing their ignorance not in what they say but in what they attack; they show they do not actually understand …

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St. Andrews rejects suggestion to revoke honorary degree for Cardinal O'Brien

Scotland's oldest university has rejected a suggestion that it should rescind an honorary degree awarded to Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned in disgrace in …

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16 Oct 2015 Middle East - Africa News Vatican Comments (2)

A synod conversation with Catholic Africa’s lion in winter

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Does "the black pope" wield the true power in the Vatican?

Full Question I heard that the Vatican is run by an individual called "the black pope," who holds all the real power. What do you say to that? Answe…

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30 May 2015 Exhortations Resources No comments

What does the world need? Mercy and love, Pope tells Christians

The Catholic Church shouldn’t be afraid of the great changes of the modern world, Pope Francis has said. Rather, the Church should embrace this “happy challenge…

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06 Sep 2015 Articles Comments (6)

Top 10 Misconceptions About The Catholic Church

10. Discourage Bible Reading Misconception: The Church discourages Bible reading The very first Christian Bible was produced by the Catholic Church – …

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15 Sep 2015 Americas News No comments

Euthanasia, clerical abuse on agenda of Canadian bishops’ meeting

Euthanasia and the response to the sexual abuse of Native Americans in residential Catholic institutions during the 20th century are among the items on the agen…

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25 Mar 2016 News Vatican No comments

Pope washes feet of several refugees including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

On Thursday, Pope Francis visited a refugee center to wash and kiss the feet of several refugees; including Muslims, Hindus and Copts — a gesture of solidarity …

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The One Who Does the Will of the Father

Jesus comes to us offered and completely surrendered to us in the Eucharist, in order to call forth the same surrender in us.
If we do not receive the Eucharist with at least a desire for complete surrender, the whole thing becomes a lie.  We hinder God when we do not want to respond to his total surrender with our total surrender.

The total surrender referred to here implies that we lay the entire responsibility upon God.  We give him our understanding so that he will use it to think what he will.  We give him our will for his divine will to be incarnated, to that he may will through our human will.  We give him our memory for him to touch it and make it remember what he considers important.  We place ourselves and all of our powers at his disposal.  We say to God: “You can bear the responsibility now,” and he is happy, because this is what he has desired all along.

Saint Teresa of Avila describes the final union with Christ in these words: “The Lord represented himself to her, just after she had received Communion, in the form of shining splendor, beauty, and majesty, as he was after his Resurrection, and told her that now it was time that she consider as her own what belonged to him and that he would take care of what was hers.”  God wants to take our concerns upon himself.


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