Welcome to the Eucharistic Revival
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I give is my flesh for the life of the world.” -John 6:51
What is the Eucharistic Revival?
Our world is hurting; yet, amid our fallen world, Christ is present. Jesus radically tells us in John 6:41 that “the bread that I give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Revival is a grassroots effort to bring this radical, life-giving promise to the world, inspiring a “movement of Catholics across the United States who are healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist.”
We are now in the “Diocesan Year” of equipping and empowering leaders in the church. During this time, we invite you to join us in Diocesan Year events and explore education and formation resources, all while deepening your personal devotion to the Eucharist. On Corpus Christi Sunday in June of 2023, we will enter into a “Parish Year,” fostering “Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening our liturgical life through faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, missions, resources, preaching, and organic movements of the Holy Spirit.” This will lead into in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost fifty years from July 17-21, 2024 in Indianapolis, which will be followed by a year of going out on mission “for the life of the world.”
Eucharistic Revival Events
You are invited as we focus on regional Eucharistic events and on equipping leaders in the church to share Christ’s love with the faithful. Join us.
Discounted Passes for the National Eucharistic Congress
Cross-Diocesan Eucharistic Pilgrimage
Parish and Community Events
40 Hours Devotion
Find parish and community events for the Eucharistic Revival on the diocesan events calendar.
Forty Hours Devotion is a practice of continuous prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Stop by any parish any hour – day or night – when they are offering this devotion to spend time in adoration. Some parishes may also offer Liturgy of the Hours, preaching, fellowship opportunities, and more. Consult parish websites and bulletins for full details as well as benediction and exposition times.
St. Francis Xavier, Pierceton: June 4-6
St. Patrick, Ligonier: June 11-13
St. Pius X, Granger: June 11-13
St. Anthony de Padua, South Bend: June 11-13
St. Mary, Huntington: June 11-13
Sacred Heart, Fort Wayne: June 16-18
St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, South Bend: June 25-27
St. Catherine, Columbia City: June 26
St. Joseph, Roanoke: June 27
SS. Peter and Paul, Huntington: June 27-29 (updated)
St. Martin de Porres, Syracuse: July 16-18
St. Henry, Fort Wayne: July 16-18
St. Mary of the Presentation, Geneva: July 23-25
St. Rose of Lima, Monroeville: Aug. 6-8
St. Jude/Sacred Heart, South Bend: Aug. 6-8
St. Mary of the Assumption, Avila: Aug. 13-15
St. Peter, Fort Wayne: Aug. 13-15
St. Mary of the Assumption, Decatur: Aug. 13-15
St. Hedwig and St. Patrick, South Bend: Aug. 14-16
St. John the Baptist, New Haven: Aug. 20-22
Queen of Peace, Mishawaka: Aug. 20-22
St. Bernard, Wabash: Aug. 20-23
St. Monica, Mishawaka: Aug. 27-29
St. John the Baptist, Fort Wayne: Aug. 27-29
St. Vincent de Paul, Elkhart: Aug. 27-29
Corpus Christi, South Bend: Sept. 8-10
St. Michael the Archangel, Waterloo: Sept. 10-12
Immaculate Conception, Kendallville: Sept. 10-12
St. Mary of the Lake, Culver: Sept. 10-12
St. Patrick, Fort Wayne: Sept. 10-12
St. Patrick, Arcola: Sept. 17-19
St. Matthew Cathedral, South Bend: Sept. 17-19
St. Michael, Plymouth: Sept. 24-26
Sacred Heart, Warsaw: Oct. 1-3
St. Louis, Besancon, New Haven: Oct. 1-3
St. Therese, Little Flower, South Bend: Oct. 1-3
St. Therese, Fort Wayne: Oct. 8-10
St. Jude, Fort Wayne: Oct. 15-17
Holy Cross, South Bend: Oct. 15-17
St. Joseph-Hessen Cassel, Fort Wayne: Oct. 15-17
St. Paul of the Cross, Columbia City: Oct. 22-24
St. Dominic, Bremen: Nov. 5-7
St. Aloysius, Yoder: Nov. 5-7
St. Stanislaus Kostka, New Carlisle: Nov 9-11
St. Gaspar del Bufalo, Rome City: Nov. 19-21
St. Joseph, Bluffton: Nov. 26-28
Christ the King, South Bend: Nov. 26-28
Most Precious Blood, Fort Wayne: Dec. 3-5
St. Augustine, South Bend: Dec 3-5
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Mary Mother of God, Fort Wayne: Dec. 3-5
St. Mary of the Annunciation, Bristol: Dec. 3-5
Immaculate Conception, Ege: Dec. 6-8
St. John Bosco, Churubusco: Jan. 29-31, 2024
St. Joseph, Garrett: Feb. 11-13, 2024
Immaculate Conception, Auburn: Feb. 18-20, 2024
St. Charles Borromeo, Fort Wayne: Feb. 25-27, 2024
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Fort Wayne: March 3-5, 2024
St. Casimir, South Bend: March 3-5, 2024
St. Joseph, Fort Wayne: March 10-12, 2024
St. Joseph, South Bend: March 17-19, 2024
St. Joseph, Mishawaka: March 17-19, 2024
St. John the Evangelist, Goshen: March 17-19, 2024
Queen of Angels, Fort Wayne: March 17-19, 2024
St. Vincent de Paul, Fort Wayne: April 14-16, 2024
Blessed Sacrament, Albion: April 14-16, 2024
Our Lady of Good Hope, Apr 21-23, 2024
St. Adalbert, South Bend: April 21-23, 2024
St. Robert Bellarmine, North Manchester: April 21-23, 2024
Sacred Heart, Notre Dame: April 28-30, 2024
St. Joseph, LaGrange: May 12-14, 2024
St. Anthony of Padua, Angola: June 2-4, 2024
St. John the Baptist, South Bend: June 23-25, 2024
June 4-11, 2023, join pilgrims from across our diocese as we give public witness to our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament in a special Eucharistic procession from Fort Wayne all the way to South Bend. This eight-day event is a kickoff for the national Eucharistic procession occurring during the summer of 2024 all across the U.S., concluding in Indianapolis for the National Eucharistic Congress in July of 2024. Our diocese is honored to help pave the way for this seminal event for our country.
Join 80,000 faithful—including over 600 from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend—at the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.
Our God is a God of miracles. His love heals and transforms us. He sees you exactly where you are and longs to restore you in body, mind, soul, and spirit—to set your heart on fire with his love. You’re invited to a historic moment of revival, where he has particular grace planned for YOU.
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is offering a limited number of discounted passes for individuals, couples and families at a cost of $299 per adult, not including lodging. (Passes for youth group members and for youth group leaders and chaperones are offered by the National Eucharistic Congress at a discount and can be purchased here.)
WHEN: July 17-21, 2024
WHERE: Indianapolis, IN
Go on pilgrimage – right here in our diocese!
Join us for a self-guided pilgrimage to sites of special Eucharistic significance in our Diocese, including those with 24-hour adoration chapels, Eucharistic art, and Eucharistic patron saints. Each month, there will be a new designated pilgrimage location announced on this page. Download your pilgrimage passport and fill it in yourself each time you visit a site (e.g., just handwrite the date of your visit). If you missed a month, you may go back to that pilgrimage site and still self-stamp by writing the date of your visit. Visit six sites or more during the Diocesan Year and receive a free gift from either of two Catholic bookstores in our diocese – Divine Mercy Gifts in South Bend or Good Shepherd Books & Gifts in Fort Wayne.
June Pilgrimage Site: Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Huntington | 860 Cherry Street, Huntington
As you enter, admire and meditate on the extraordinary stained-glass window near the baptismal font, portraying profound Eucharistic themes. Notice also the extraordinary high and front altars, including an exquisite carving of the Last Supper.
The church is open to pilgrims 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Weekday Masses are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Weekend Masses are Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Adoration is Wednesday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
One of the four pillars of the National Eucharistic Revival is “Missionary Sending: Go out and bring Jesus to the world.” The Revival desires to form Eucharistic Missionaries to “become the hands and feet of Jesus to bring his Good News to the mission field of their neighborhood and parish.” The Church teaches that every one of us is called to evangelize, to share the Good News of Jesus.
Church Teaching on Evangelization
Evangelization Resources for Individuals
You can be a Eucharistic Missionary.
Learn what the church teaches about the precious gift of the Most Holy Eucharist and discover practical ways to share this with those in your community.
“The Church is an evangelizer, but she begins by being evangelized herself. She is the community of believers, the community of hope lived and communicated, the community of brotherly love, and she needs to listen unceasingly to what she must believe, to her reasons for hoping, to the new commandment of love. She is the People of God immersed in the world, and often tempted by idols, and she always needs to hear the proclamation of the ‘mighty works of God’ which converted her to the Lord; she always needs to be called together afresh by Him and reunited. In brief, this means that she has a constant need of being evangelized, if she wishes to retain freshness, vigor and strength in order to proclaim the Gospel. The Second Vatican Council recalled and the 1974 Synod vigorously took up again this theme of the Church which is evangelized by constant conversion and renewal, in order to evangelize the world with credibility.” – Pope St. Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 15
“Those who sincerely accept the Good News, through the power of this acceptance and of shared faith therefore gather together in Jesus’ name in order to seek together the kingdom, build it up and live it. They make up a community which is in its turn evangelizing. The command to the Twelve to go out and proclaim the Good News is also valid for all Christians, though in a different way. It is precisely for this reason that Peter calls Christians ‘a people set apart to sing the praises of God,’ those marvelous things that each one was able to hear in his own language. Moreover, the Good News of the kingdom which is coming and which has begun is meant for all people of all times. Those who have received the Good News and who have been gathered by it into the community of salvation can and must communicate and spread it.” – Pope St. Paul VI, Evangelli Nuntiandi 13
“The specific character of catechesis, as distinct from the initial conversion – bringing proclamation of the Gospel, has the twofold objective of maturing the initial faith and of educating the true disciple of Christ by means of a deeper and more systematic knowledge of the person and the message of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But in catechetical practice, this model order must allow for the fact that the initial evangelization has often not taken place. A certain number of children baptized in infancy come for catechesis in the parish without receiving any other initiation into the faith and still without any explicit personal attachment to Jesus Christ; they only have the capacity to believe placed within them by Baptism and the presence of the Holy Spirit; and opposition is quickly created by the prejudices of their non-Christian family background or of the positivist spirit of their education. In addition, there are other children who have not been baptized and whose parents agree only at a later date to religious education: for practical reasons, the catechumenal stage of these children will often be carried out largely in the course of the ordinary catechesis. Again, many pre-adolescents and adolescents who have been baptized and been given a systematic catechesis and the sacraments still remain hesitant for a long time about committing their whole lives to Jesus Christ – if, moreover, they do not attempt to avoid religious education in the name of their freedom. Finally, even adults are not safe from temptations to doubt or to abandon their faith, especially as a result of their unbelieving surroundings. This means that ‘catechesis’ must often concern itself not only with nourishing and teaching the faith, but also with arousing it unceasingly with the help of grace, with opening the heart, with converting, and with preparing total adherence to Jesus Christ on the part of those who are still on the threshold of faith. This concern will in part decide the tone, the language and the method of catechesis.” – Pope St. John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae 19
“Christ, the great Prophet, who proclaimed the Kingdom of His Father both by the testimony of His life and the power of His words, continually fulfills His prophetic office until the complete manifestation of glory. He does this not only through the hierarchy who teach in His name and with His authority, but also through the laity whom He made His witnesses and to whom He gave understanding of the faith (sensu fidei) and an attractiveness in speech so that the power of the Gospel might shine forth in their daily social and family life. They conduct themselves as children of the promise, and thus strong in faith and in hope they make the most of the present, and with patience await the glory that is to come. Let them not, then, hide this hope in the depths of their hearts, but even in the program of their secular life let them express it by a continual conversion and by wrestling ‘against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness’.
Just as the sacraments of the New Law, by which the life and the apostolate of the faithful are nourished, prefigure a new heaven and a new earth, so too the laity go forth as powerful proclaimers of a faith in things to be hoped for, when they courageously join to their profession of faith a life springing from faith. This evangelization, that is, this announcing of Christ by a living testimony as well as by the spoken word, takes on a specific quality and a special force in that it is carried out in the ordinary surroundings of the world.
In connection with the prophetic function is that state of life which is sanctified by a special sacrament obviously of great importance, namely, married and family life. For where Christianity pervades the entire mode of family life, and gradually transforms it, one will find there both the practice and an excellent school of the lay apostolate. In such a home husbands and wives find their proper vocation in being witnesses of the faith and love of Christ to one another and to their children. The Christian family loudly proclaims both the present virtues of the Kingdom of God and the hope of a blessed life to come. Thus by its example and its witness it accuses the world of sin and enlightens those who seek the truth.
Consequently, even when preoccupied with temporal cares, the laity can and must perform a work of great value for the evangelization of the world. For even if some of them have to fulfill their religious duties on their own, when there are no sacred ministers or in times of persecution; and even if many of them devote all their energies to apostolic work; still it remains for each one of them to cooperate in the external spread and the dynamic growth of the Kingdom of Christ in the world. Therefore, let the laity devotedly strive to acquire a more profound grasp of revealed truth, and let them insistently beg of God the gift of wisdom.” – Lumen Gentium (Decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Church), 35
“In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are ‘disciples’ and ‘missionaries’, but rather that we are always ‘missionary disciples’. If we are not convinced, let us look at those first disciples, who, immediately after encountering the gaze of Jesus, went forth to proclaim him joyfully: ‘We have found the Messiah!’ (Jn 1:41). The Samaritan woman became a missionary immediately after speaking with Jesus and many Samaritans come to believe in him ‘because of the woman’s testimony’ (Jn 4:39). So too, Saint Paul, after his encounter with Jesus Christ, ‘immediately proclaimed Jesus’ (Acts 9:20; cf. 22:6-21). So what are we waiting for?” – Pope Francis, Evangelli Gaudium, 120
“In catechesis too, we have rediscovered the fundamental role of the first announcement or kerygma, which needs to be the center of all evangelizing activity and all efforts at Church renewal. The kerygma is trinitarian. The fire of the Spirit is given in the form of tongues and leads us to believe in Jesus Christ who, by his death and resurrection, reveals and communicates to us the Father’s infinite mercy. On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: ‘Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you. ‘This first proclamation is called ‘first’ not because it exists at the beginning and can then be forgotten or replaced by other more important things. It is first in a qualitative sense because it is the principal proclamation, the one which we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment. For this reason too, ‘the priest – like every other member of the Church – ought to grow in awareness that he himself is continually in need of being evangelized’. – Pope Francis, Evangelli Gaudium, 164
“Friendship with Jesus will also lead you to bear witness to the faith wherever you are, even when it meets with rejection or indifference. We cannot encounter Christ and not want to make him known to others. So do not keep Christ to yourselves! Share with others the joy of your faith. The world needs the witness of your faith, it surely needs God. I think that the presence here of so many young people, coming from all over the world, is a wonderful proof of the fruitfulness of Christ’s command to the Church: ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation’ (Mk 16:15). You too have been given the extraordinary task of being disciples and missionaries of Christ in other lands and countries filled with young people who are looking for something greater and, because their heart tells them that more authentic values do exist, they do not let themselves be seduced by the empty promises of a lifestyle which has no room for God” – Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for World Youth Day, 2011.
“Since, like all the Christian faithful, lay persons are designated by God for the apostolate through baptism and confirmation, they are bound by the general obligation and possess the right as individuals, or joined in associations, to work so that the divine message of salvation is made known and accepted by all persons everywhere in the world. This obligation is even more compelling in those circumstances in which only through them can people hear the gospel and know Christ.” – Code of Canon Law, Canon 225
Eucharistic Reflection | June 2023
The love that we celebrate in the Eucharist is not something we can keep to ourselves. By its very nature it demands to be shared with all. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus. Anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. All that is needed is for one who has known that love—the love that is displayed most preeminently in the Eucharist—to tell other people about it.
All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord, who despite our imperfections offers us his closeness, his word and his strength, and gives meaning to our lives. In your heart you know that it is not the same to live without him; what you have come to realize, what has helped you to live and given you hope, is what you also need to communicate to others. Let us adore Jesus who ever remains with us, on all the altars of the world, and lead others to share in our joy!
Food for the Journey
Eucharistic Reflection | May 2023
The lives of the saints show us the importance of the Eucharist on our journey as disciples of Jesus. Blessed Carlo Acutis, who died at the age of fifteen and was beatified in 2020, used to say: “The Eucharist is my highway to heaven.” He attended Mass daily, prayed each day before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration, and was an apostle of the Eucharist through the internet. He said: “To always be united with Christ: This is my life’s program.”
Likewise, St. José Sánchez del Río, a Mexican teenager who was martyred at the age of fourteen and canonized in 2016, was so filled with love of Christ and his Church that he was willing to give up his life rather than renounce Christ and his Kingship. While imprisoned, St. José Sánchez del Río was able to receive the Blessed Sacrament smuggled into his cell. He replied to his persecutors: “My faith is not for sale.”
Elizabeth Ann Seton was drawn to enter the Catholic Church after she witnessed the devotion of Catholics to the Blessed Sacrament. At her First Communion, St. Elizabeth Ann wrote: “At last GOD IS MINE and I AM HIS.” For the rest of her life, her deep faith and pioneering service to the Church was nourished by the Holy Eucharist.
Eucharistic Reflection | April 2023
Receiving the Eucharist presupposes that one is in communion with the Church. If a Catholic were knowingly and obstinately to reject the defined doctrines or moral teachings of the Church, he or she would seriously diminish his or her communion with the Church and should thereby refrain from receiving Holy Communion. Before we receive Holy Communion, we should make a good examination of conscience to ensure that we are properly disposed. If we find that we have broken communion with Christ and his Church, the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation provides us with the merciful opportunity to recover the gift of sanctifying grace and to be restored to full communion with God and the Church.
Eucharistic Reflection | March 2023
Christ began His public ministry by calling people to repentance and conversion: Repent, and believe in the gospel (Mk 1:15; cf. Mt 4:17). At Mass, we are to approach the Lord with contrite hearts and say: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” While all our failures to do what is right damage our communion with God and with each other, venial sins do not destroy communion because they do not destroy the principle of divine life in us. Indeed, reception of the Eucharist strengthens our charity and wipes away venial sins, while also helping us to avoid more serious sins. Mortal sins (see 1 Jn 5:16-17), however, do rupture the communion we share with God and the Church. One commits a mortal sin by freely, knowingly, and willingly choosing to do something that involves grave matter and that is opposed to love of God and neighbor. One is not to receive Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin without having received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A person who receives Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin not only does not receive the grace that the sacrament conveys; he or she commits the sin of sacrilege by failing to show the reverence due to the sacred Body and Blood of Christ. St. Paul warns us that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself (I Cor 11:27-29).
Transformation in Christ
Eucharistic Reflection | February 2023
We are impelled by the Eucharist to hear the cry of the poor and to respond in love. As Christians, we bear the responsibility to promote the life and dignity of the human person and to love and protect the most vulnerable in our midst: the unborn, migrants and refugees, victims of racial injustice, the sick, and the elderly. We must consider our every neighbor without exception as another self. We are also called to hear the cry of the earth and, likewise, respond with loving care. We look forward to the day when all evils will be eliminated, when the Kingdom of God is established in its fullness. God has called us out of sinful indifference to do whatever we can to contribute to the coming of the Kingdom. Through Christ, he has given us the grace we need to do this.
Transformation in Christ
Eucharistic Reflection | January 2023
The person who shares worthily in the Eucharist is enabled more and more to live the new law of love given by Christ precisely because Christ communicates himself to us in the sacrament of the altar. The moral life of the Christian flows from and is nourished by the inexhaustible source of holiness that is found in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
The personal and moral transformation that is sustained by the Eucharist reaches out to every sphere of human life. The love of Christ can permeate all our relationships: with our families, our friends, and our neighbors. It can also reshape the life of our society as a whole. Our relationship with Christ extends to all human beings, whom we are to love with that very same love that forms our communion with the Lord. This love extends particularly and “preferentially” to the poor and the most vulnerable. We all need to be consistent in bringing the love of Christ not only to our personal lives, but also to every dimension of our public lives.
It is the role of the laity in particular to transform social relations in accord with the love of Christ, which is carried out concretely in actions that work for the objective common good. Lay people who exercise some form of public authority have a special responsibility to form their consciences in accord with the Church’s faith and the moral law, and to serve the human family by upholding human life and dignity.
Thanksgiving and Worship
Eucharistic Reflection | Dec 2022
The word “Eucharist” literally means “thanksgiving.” To give thanks properly, we should take a full, conscious, and active part in the liturgical celebration. We need to be conscious of the gift we have received, a gift that is none other than the Lord himself in his act of self-giving. We become conscious of this gift when we actively engage our minds, hearts, and bodies to every part of the liturgy, allowing God through the words, actions, gestures, and even the moments of silence to speak to us. We actively and consciously participate by giving our full attention to the words being spoken in the prayers and the Scriptures, even if we have heard them hundreds of times before. We do so also by listening to the homily and reflecting upon how the Lord may be speaking to us through his ordained minister. We actively give thanks when we join in singing and in the responses; when we kneel, stand, and sit; and when we pay attention to the liturgical seasons where the entire history of what God has done for us, in and through his Son, is revealed to us.
Our gratitude is also expressed in our worship of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass. St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta reportedly once said: “When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.
Our Response to the Gift of the Eucharist
Eucharistic Reflection | Nov 2022
In the fourth Common Preface of the Roman Missal, the priest prays the following: For, although you have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness but profit us for salvation. . . . These words speak of the grace of God, the gift freely given, which inspires us to give thanks and worship him, works our transformation into the likeness of Christ, helps us to seek pardon and to receive it when we fall into sin, and impels us to go forth and bear witness to Christ in the world.
Communion with Christ and the Church
Eucharistic Reflection | October 2022
The Church is born from the sacrificial love of Christ on the cross. The Eucharist re-presents this one sacrifice so that we are placed in communion with it and with the divine love from which it flows. We are invited to offer our whole selves together with Christ in the Eucharist. The Most Blessed Eucharist contains the entire spiritual boon of the Church, that is, Christ himself. The eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” When we receive Holy Communion, Christ gives himself to us. We are placed in intimate communion with him and, through him, with each other. During every Mass we are united with all the saints who have preceded us. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation is a vital expression of our unity as members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Our participation in the Mass is an act of love and a manifestation of the truth that we are utterly dependent upon God and his grace.
The Real Presence of Christ
Eucharistic Reflection | September 2022
From the very beginning, the Church has believed and celebrated according to the teaching of Jesus himself: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:54-56). In the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ without ceasing to appear as bread and wine.“This mysterious change is very appropriately called by the Church transubstantiation.” In the Eucharist, with the eyes of faith we see before us Jesus Christ.