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Eucharistic Catechesis, Not Politics

The recent statement and document being prepared by the USCCB on the Eucharist is part of a three year program to emphasize the meaning of the great sacrament for Catholics. The whole business of politicians and their reception is entirely a side-note on the periphery of this initiative. We should all be properly disposed to receive Holy Communion. What must be a major concern is that the sacrament that feeds and heals the soul of one in a state of grace can literally sicken and bring judgment to the soul of another in mortal sin or lacking supernatural faith.

I will state something that is at the heart of the current debate about Eucharistic reception:  You cannot say AMEN to the invisible but REAL presence of Christ in the host while saying NO to the invisible but REAL presence of one made in his image and likeness hidden in the womb. This is a truth that I will repeat again and again.  This teaching is intimately connected within the proclamation of the Good News or what Pope John Paul II called the Gospel of Life.