Monday, August 26, 2013

Eucharistic faith: the barometer

 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. - John 8:32

"The Eucharist is the mystery of our faith.  We believe in any revealed truth - only as intelligently, only as entirely, only as clearly, only as courageously, as we believe in the Eucharist. 

Faith in the Eucharist is the barometer of our Catholic faith.  It is the test of our Catholicism.  It is the norm of our commitment to everything else which Christ has revealed.  It is no wonder that when, as described by St John, Christ foretold the Holy Eucharist as His living Body and Blood many of His own disciples walked away.  "This is intolerable language,” they declared.  "Who can accept it?"  Christ then turned to His Apostles and asked them,  "Do you want to leave?"  To which Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go.  You have the words of eternal life." 

This has been the verdict of the Church's history.  Every major break in our unity has been over the meaning of the Eucharist. "

Servant of God Fr John A Hardon, S.J. (2000+)

Invite someone to attend Mass with you. 
Meet them there - or offer a ride.
How about coffee after - to discuss the homily!


  1. Love Fr. Hardon's quote! And coffee after Mass with you would be lovely (though, not, I'm sure, what you had in mind. ;-))

  2. Dear one, Barbara - Ohhhh - if anytime you meet me in St Paul for Mass, I will indeed take you to coffee at Nina's (they have the best scones too!)