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Re: Eucharist is bread of sinners, not reward of saints, pope says
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2021, 02:08:58 AM »
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  • Sion Lift Thy Voice and Sing
    (English translation of Lauda Sion Salvatorem, the sequence for the Mass of Corpus Christi)

    Sion, lift thy voice and sing: 
    Praise thy Savior and thy King; 
    Praise with hymns thy Shepherd true: 
    Dare thy most to praise Him well; 
    For He doth all praise excel; 
    None can ever reach His due. 

    Special theme of praise is thine, 
    That true living Bread divine, 
    That life-giving flesh adored, 
    Which the brethren twelve received, 
    As most faithfully believed, 
    At the Supper of the Lord. 

    Let the chant be loud and high;
    Sweet and tranquil be the joy
    Felt to-day in every breast; 
    On this festival divine 
    Which recounts the origin 
    Of the glorious Eucharist. 

    At this table of the King, 
    Our new Paschal offering 
    Brings to end the olden rite;
    Here, for empty shadows fled, 
    Is reality instead; 
    Here, instead of darkness, light. 

    His own act, at supper seated, 
    Christ ordained to be repeated, 
    In His memory divine; 
    Wherefore now, with adoration, 
    We the Host of our salvation 
    Consecrate from bread and wine. 

    Hear what holy Church maintaineth, 
    That the bread its substance changeth 
    Into Flesh, the wine to Blood. 
    Doth it pass thy comprehending? 
    Faith, the law of sight transcending, 
    Leaps to things not understood. 

    Here in outward signs are hidden 
    Priceless things, to sense forbidden;
    Signs, not things, are all we see:- 
    Flesh from bread, and Blood from wine; 
    Yet is Christ, in either sign, 
    All entire confessed to be. 

    They too who of Him partake 
    Sever not, nor rend, nor break, 
    But entire their Lord receive. 
    Whether one or thousands eat, 
    All receive the selfsame meat, 
    Nor the less for others leave. 

    Both the wicked and the good 
    Eat of this celestial Food; 
    But with ends how opposite! 
    Here 'tis life; and there 'tis death; 
    The same, yet issuing to each 
    In a difference infinite. 

    Nor a single doubt retain,
    When they break the Host in twain,
    But that in each part remains
    What was in the whole before;
    Since the simple sign alone
    Suffers change in state or form,
    The Signified remaining One
    And the Same forevermore

    Lo! upon the Altar lies, 
    Hidden deep from human eyes, 
    Angels' Bread from Paradise 
    Made the food of mortal man: 
    Children's meat to dogs denied; 
    In old types foresignified; 
    In the manna from the skies, 
    In Isaac, and the Paschal Lamb. 

    Jesu! Shepherd of the sheep!
    Thy true flock in safety keep.
    Living Bread! Thy life supply;
    Strengthen us, or else we die;
    Fill us with celestial grace:
    Thou, who feedest us below!
    Source of all we have or know!
    Grant that with Thy Saints above,
    Sitting at the Feast of Love,
    We may see Thee face to face. Amen
    "In His wisdom," says St. Gregory, "almighty God preferred rather to bring good out of evil than never allow evil to occur."

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    Re: Eucharist is bread of sinners, not reward of saints, pope says
    « Reply #16 on: June 10, 2021, 04:57:02 AM »
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  • This, I believe is the "homily" in question:

    I actually do not see that particular quote in it (not rewards of saints, etc).  However, what is important is what he leaves out about the Eucharist (ie. the need to be in state of grace).  Of course, he does say this:

    A third image from the Gospel is that of Jesus breaking the bread. This is the Eucharistic gesture par excellence. It is the distinctive sign of our faith and the place where we encounter the Lord who offers himself so that we can be reborn to new life. This gesture also challenges us. Up to that point, lambs were sacrificed and offered to God. Now Jesus becomes the lamb, offering himself in sacrifice in order to give us life. In the Eucharist, we contemplate and worship the God of love. The Lord who breaks no one, yet allows himself to be broken. The Lord who does not demand sacrifices, but sacrifices himself. The Lord who asks nothing but gives everything. In celebrating and experiencing the Eucharist, we too are called to share in this love. For we cannot break bread on Sunday if our hearts are closed to our brothers and sisters. We cannot partake of that Bread if we do not give bread to the hungry. We cannot share that Bread unless we share the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in need. In the end, and the end of our solemn Eucharistic liturgies as well, only love will remain. Even now, our Eucharistic celebrations are transforming the world to the extent that we are allowing ourselves to be transformed and to become bread broken for others.

    Notice the examples for when we "cannot" partake of the bread. And no mention of sin or confession.
    It is really amazing to me how people are so demented (as in dementia, Alzeimers) when it comes to what the Vatican II popes have said and done. Maybe it is just the people who are indifferent or naive? If our neighbor betrayed us as many times as Bergolio, would we still even talk to him?  If a friend, politician, business partner, doctor, CEO, brother or sister betrayed us so many times would we just forget about all of it and still talk well of them and recommend them?

    It is amazing to me how quickly people forget everything when they are thrown a crumb.  Stalin hit the nail on the head!

    The Soviet novelist, Chingiz Aitmatov recounted a story in one of his articles written near the end of the failed Marxist movement in Soviet Union.
     In 1935, Stalin invited his trusted senior advisors and some media henchmen to a meeting with intent to make a point using the most evocative of methods. When everyone was gathered at the barnyard, he called for a live chicken and vigorously clenched it in one hand. With the other hand, he then began to pluck out the chicken’s feathers in handfuls. The poor bird squawked under the torment but Stalin kept at denuding the chicken until it convulsed with agony. Remarkably unperturbed by the feeling of disgust obvious on the faces of the people too afraid to express their unease to the dictator, he continued until the chicken was completely unfeathered.
     He then put the bird down by a small heap of grain and stood up to finish the last act while the people curiously observed the chicken move towards the grain. As the chicken started to peck, Stalin put his hand into his jacket pocket and pulled out another fistful of grain, putting it out in front of the wounded bird. To the utter surprise of the transfixed spectators, the chicken managed a weak-kneed stagger back to Stalin and started to peck the fresh grain right out of the hand that moments ago had inflicted unbearable pain on it. Stalin had made his point — loud and clear.
     He turned to the people and said, “People are like this chicken. It doesn’t matter how much pain you inflict on them. The moment you offer them what they need, they will still follow you and turn to you for their survival.”

    The Vatican II church - Assisting Souls to Hell Since 1962

    For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. Mat 24:24


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