Crucified Christ against sunset backdrop

In the spirit of the Eucharistic Revival, Fr. Thomas continues our series on how the Eucharist has Touched our Lives: Benedict XVI in his apostolic exhortation on the Holy Eucharist, Sacramentum Caritatis (Sacrament of Charity), says: “The substantial conversion of bread and wine into his body and blood introduces within creation the principle of a radical change, a sort of “nuclear fission,” to use an image familiar to us today, which penetrates to the heart of all being, a change meant to set off a process which transforms reality, a process leading ultimately to the transfiguration of the entire world, to the point where God will be all in all.”

Pope Benedict is saying: that Holy Communion is more than just receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord. The Eucharist is Jesus’ self-giving, drawing us into his self-oblation. The Eucharist is a radical change penetrating into our heart, into the core of who and what we are, to transform us; and through this transformation, to transform all creation. These are powerful words.

To allow ourselves to be drawn into this radical change of Jesus’ self-giving, we need to eliminate personal resistance that hinders a process of change. The issue is: What can we do to abolish the resistance that separates us from our Beloved who, in this Sacrament, is gazing at us, looking at us, and whispering to us: Arise my love, my fair one, and come? (Song of Songs 2:9-10)

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Blessing to you,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux

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