51 – To make our First Communion we must know what it means to enter into communion with others, with those who belong to different communities but who believe in Jesus

There are few things as moving as a group of children making their First Communion. It brings back vivid memories of our own childhood innocence. After receiving the Sacrament of Penance, often more earnestly than many adults, their souls are purified and made as white as on the day of their Baptism, so that Jesus might find them similar to Him. Then the great day arrives, creating much expectation among the children, manifest in their attentive gaze, their surprising degree of recollection, and the prayers expressed in the silence of their innocent hearts.

Finally, they present themselves before the altar to receive their King and Lord in the greatest of Sacraments. He enters to dwell in their souls and begin a deep friendship with them, one that with the help of grace, will last for their whole lives, culminating in Eternity.

On this momentous occasion, which we Catholics recall with true emotion, abundant graces from Heaven are granted. The ineffable presence of God Himself, present for the first time in our interior, makes a profound impression on us.

Is it possible to interpret this incomparable manifestation of God’s mercy in a way that is alien to its true meaning, thus disfiguring the concept of the reception of the Body and Blood of the Lord? Let us be careful to neither forget nor distort the true significance of what happened on the day of our First Communion, which is repeated every time we desire and are prepared to receive our good Lord.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – What is the Eucharist?
II – The true effects of receiving the Eucharist – and the ecclesial unity it produces
III – Heretics are not part of the Mystical Body of Christ
IV – Truths proclaimed by the Church regarding Eucharistic Faith

I- What is the Eucharist?

Sacred Scripture

Jesus declares Himself to be the bread of life
Those who receive the Eucharist have eternal life
At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood

Catechism of Trent

The Eucharist is a mystery of faith and a true Sacrament

Catechism of Saint Pius X

Marvelous conversion of bread and wine into the Body of Jesus Christ

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The true sign of unity, bond of charity, and paschal banquet

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The most important of sacrifices

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

Immediately after the consecration, Our Lord is truly present under the Eucharistic species

Innocent III

What is perceived differs from the substance really present

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The Sacrifice of the altar is perpetuated in obedience to Christ
A truth preached for centuries by the Church should be believed

Benedict XVI

The Church’s faith is essentially a Eucharistic faith

Saint Thomas Aquinas

A Sacrament confirmed by Christ’s words

II – The true effects of receiving the Eucharist and the ecclesial unity it produces

Sacred Scripture

Through the Eucharist, Jesus remains in us

Benedict XVI

Christ comes to meet men and women, and becomes their food

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Foundation of life in Christ

Saint John Chrysostom

A most elevated Sacrament that entwines us with Jesus Christ

Catechism of Trent

Sacramental unity that corresponds to the unity of the Mystical Body

John Paul II

The Eucharist is the culmination of our assimilation to Christ
This banquet creates intimate communion between God and man

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Whoever receives this Sacrament is made one with Christ, and incorporated in His members
Through the Eucharist, the Church’s children are united to one another

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Eucharist brings about unity among true believers

Benedict XVI

The Eucharist is at the root of the Church as a mystery of communion

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Constituted as members of Christ, let us be that which we receive
Those who do not persevere in a holy life will be deprived of this bread

III – Heretics are not part of the Mystical Body of Christ


Pius XI

St. John the Apostle forbade any association with those who profess a mutilated version of Christ’s teaching

Leo XIII

The members separated from the Mystical Body cannot be united to the Head, Christ
The Church always expelled from the ranks of her children those whose beliefs differed from hers on any point

Pius IX

The necessity to anathematize those who separate from the faith of Christ

Pius XII

Heretics are outside of the Mystical Body of Christ

IV – Truths proclaimed by the Church regarding Eucharistic Faith


Saint Augustine of Hippo

One worthily receives the Eucharist by avoiding false doctrine

Saint Anthony of Padua

It is necessary to firmly believe in the Eucharist and to orally confess it

Catechism of Trent

No Christian should be ignorant of the mysteries hidden within the Eucharist

Council of Trent

The negation of the truth regarding the Body and Blood of Christ is disgraceful

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Erroneously interpreting signs is the result of being misled by error

Council of Trent

The Sacrament instituted with the purpose of maintaining unity without schisms
To deny the substance of the Eucharist is to precipitate oneself into excommunication
The faithful are prohibited to believe, teach or preach regarding the Eucharist in a different way than that proclaimed by the Church

Sacred Scripture

You have seen and you do not believe
There are some of you who do not believe
Whoever teaches something different from the sound words of Jesus Christ is conceited
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