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Do Not Weaponize the Eucharist?

We are hearing a cry of timidity today, even from church shepherds, not to weaponize the Eucharist. But did we not once regard the pilgrim church as the Church Militant, campaigning not only against men but powers and principalities? The Eucharist has always been regarded as the most effective weapon in our arsenal. Indeed, it may be all that really stands between us and the legions that oppose the sanctity of life and devalue the dignity of persons. The fuse is lit when as people of faith we courageously proclaim and commit ourselves to the Gospel of Life.  The battle with modernity is real but we opt for the path of nonviolence even if it should demand that we mix our blood with Christ’s.  The Eucharist signifies unity with the Lord and one another in the great peace of Christ.  “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  It is this Lord that comes to us in Holy Communion.  It is this Lord that cannot be reconciled with those who would promote or enable the killing of children in the womb— those who would steal the gift of life; slaughter the innocent; and destroy or usurp what God has made. 

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