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Musings 2002/159

That we are members of Christ's Mystical Body is an indication of the reality of the union and communion between Christ and His disciples. This union and communion will be realised perfectly in Heaven, where union will not be diminished by physical properties or distance or time. That heavenly union of body, soul and spirit will be complete not only in and with Christ but in all members of His Mystical Body - one with another - while each retains his unique, individual character and personal will.
The earthly communion of the faithful with the Real Presence, Christ the Lord, by way of the Manna from Heaven, must be a foretaste of the heavenly union which will be complete and forever.
The attempt by some 'Catholics', to reduce this Real Presence to a symbolic thing, or a spiritual presence, only, comes out of a failure of faith; a failure to detect Truth as taught by
the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation upon which the truth rests. (1 Tim. 3:15)
How sad it is for such 'Catholics'! How empty for them! What a let-down, to replace Christ Himself with a mere symbol of Him!!
And some of these 'Catholics' hold theological degrees and prestigious positions!
It is little wonder that, in many a Catholic church today, we find Scripture marched up to the altar along the main aisle with ceremony, while Christ in His Real Presence is snuck into the
assembly space from the Tabernacle via a side passage, unnoticed!
Yes, Scripture must be accorded every dignity and devotion - it is God's Word, written by the early Church pastors - and so must the Manna from Heaven be given every sign of attention and affection. Even more so, for the Eucharist is the very pivot point of Church life.
Little wonder, too, that the
Tabernacle space, the tiny room where pro-modernists delegate the Real Presence, is little frequented by the faithful!
The great miracles of Fatima, Portugal, where Mary appeared to three children in 1917, were accompanied by wonderful confirmations of Church doctrine, specifically that of the Real Presence. The following prayer came to us from these children, given them by an Angel from Heaven:

MOST HOLY TRINITY,
FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT,
I ADORE YOU PROFOUNDLY:
I OFFER YOU
THE MOST PRECIOUS BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY
OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
PRESENT IN ALL THE TABERNACLES OF THE WORLD,
IN REPARATION
FOR THE OUTRAGES, SACRILEGES AND INDIFFERENCES WITH WHICH HE IS SURROUNDED.
BY THE INFINITE MERITS
OF HIS SACRED HEART
AND THROUGH THE INTERCESSION
OF THE IMMACULATE HEART
OF MARY,
I PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION
OF POOR SINNERS.
O MY GOD,
I BELIEVE, I ADORE, I HOPE FOR,
I LOVE YOU.
I ASK PARDON FOR THOSE WHO
DO NOT BELIEVE,
DO NOT ADORE,
DO NOT HOPE FOR,
DO NOT LOVE YOU.

A marvellous prayer. In just a few words it provides a resume of much Catholic doctrine - Three Persons in One God; the Real Presence; Christ's Sacrifice for sinners; Mary's role of intercession; the Infinite Merits of Christ; the Divinity of Christ; the Humanity of Christ; the reality of sin and sinners; the power of prayer for others; the Priesthood and Consecration; and more.
There is another prayer which I am attached to, regarding the Real Presence:

This is You my Lord Jesus Christ,
Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. I adore You.
This is You, my Lord Jesus Christ,
conceived by The Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary. I adore You.
This is You, my Lord Jesus Christ,
a Baby, a Boy, a Young Man, a Man. I adore You.
This is You, my Lord Jesus Christ,
working, teaching, preaching, praying, I adore You.
This is You, my Lord Jesus Christ,
betrayed, deserted, condemned,
tortured, crucified. I adore You.
This is You, my Lord Jesus Christ,
descending into hell, rising from the dead,
ascending in Heaven,
sitting at the right hand of The Father. I adore You.
This is You, Almighty God the Father. I adore You.
This is You, Almighty God the Son. I adore You.
This is You, Almighty God the Spirit. I adore You.
This is You, Most Holy Trinity. I adore You.

To me, that says it all. It seems to sum up the Real Presence in a nutshell. It is quite impossible to ponder on Christ only as a Person of The Trinity, forgetting about His Humanity. We can not ponder on His Humanity without thinking about His conception, birth, teaching, interaction with man, crucifixion and death.
We can not ponder on His Divinity without realising that God is Father, Son and Spirit and so within the Real Presence we find God.
The Real Presence must include all of these, or there is no Real Presence at all, only the real absence.
Sacrament of Penance
Our great Pope, John Paul II, the greatest of all Popes in my view, has again proven his place in history, Church and otherwise, in His "Misericordia Dei," printed herein in full. (p.13)
It may be a simple matter in that he requires the faithful to observe the requirements of The Universal Church in the exceptionally important Sacrament of Penance. It may be that he reiterates Church instruction and guidelines, which are already known to Bishops and Priests around the world.
It may be that he is repeating himself when he and his Magisterium have made Church position clear and explicit more

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