The Feast of Corpus Christi brings to mind the warnings of St. Paul: "Whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the cup; for he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body of the Lord, eats and drinks judgment to himself" (I Cor. 11, 23-29).
Since the breakdown in discipline in the Church, the exposure of the Blessed Eucharist to profanation is a reality.
Every "papal" visit of John Paul II has been an opportunity for this man to make a mockery of this Most Blessed Sacrament by making it available to all kinds of people. Those public appearances of John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) have given him a golden opportunity to put the Holy Eucharist in the hands of those who most certainly were unworthy.
Can we take some consolation in the thought that those wafers were most probably not even consecrated?
Certainly, if there were no transubstantiation, the visible wafer continues to exist as nothing more than a wafer. There would be no profanation per se because our Lord in the Holy Eucharist was not there to begin with.
Nevertheless, there are serious consequences of either possibility. First, if there were no transubstantiation, even those Catholics of good will but little understanding of their faith, would be exposed to idolatry because they would be worshipping a piece of unleavened bread. If this were the case, then the conduct of Karol Wojtyla can only be judged as a public mockery of the Catholic religion.
If, on the other hand, there was a true transubstantiation and the wafers were truly consecrated and became the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, then the insult to God would be even greater.
It has been reported that after such `papal' visits, hosts are found on the ground. Can it be otherwise when thousands of people press forward to receive the Host? How can the clergymen distributing these Hosts (assuming they were the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ) to people whose faith they have not the slightest idea?
Our Lord says: "Do not give to dogs what is holy, neither cast your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet and turn and tear you" (Matt. 7,).
Jesus is speaking here about the sacredness of His doctrines, How much more should we be aware of the sacredness of the Sacraments. Of all the Sacraments, the Holy Eucharist is the greatest because it contains the Author of the Sacraments.
There are many clergymen today who do not hesitate to give Holy Communion to anyone. In fact, they invite everyone to come up to receive the `Holy Eucharist.'
Objectively, these clergymen are not giving the true Sacrament to those who present themselves. From this point of view, we may take some consolation in the knowledge that our Lord in the Holy Eucharist is not being mocked because He is not there.
Yet, this does not excuse such clergymen from blame because whatever their subjective belief may be, the people perceive that they are receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Consequently, even if the wafer is still nothing more than a wafer, in the people's perception, that wafer is deemed to be the consecrated Host.
May heretics be permitted to the Communion rail? Where there is no altar, there is no sacrifice. And where there is no sacrifice, there is no Communion rail. That should make it quite clear why the "priests" of the apostate Church have no altar rail and cheerfully invite everyone to come forward to receive their proffered wafer.
The true Church not only has an altar railing, but also a true Transubstantiation. As a consequence, only those who are permitted to approach the Communion rail who are free of mortal sin and who are not excluded from the Mystical Body through heresy, schism or excommunication.
It is the duty of the priest to protect the sacredness of the Real Presence by not casting It before those who are not united to the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ through unity of faith and obedience.
Heretics are enemies of Jesus Christ, and cannot, therefore, participate in the Sacrament of unity. They are not only disunited with the visible Church, they are also not united to Jesus Christ, the invisible Head of the Church.
Only after abjuring their errors and positively embracing the true Faith can heretics be permitted to approach the Communion rail. Otherwise, both they and the careless clergyman are guilty of grave offense against God.
It is not the individual who is competent to determine whether or not he or she is a Catholic. This determination is made by the duly appointed priest, or the bishop.
Many people labor under the illusion that they are `Catholic' and become very disturbed and irate when it is pointed out to them that they are not Catholics.
The reason for this lamentable situation is that these people are ignorant of the teachings of the Catholic Church, or, that they have become so grossly callous in matters of religion that they fail to see themselves as they really are.
To be sure, this does not make the duty of the priest any easier. He must refuse Communion to such people, particularly when it is evident that these people attend heretical religious services
Among other things, the reason why local parishes have been established is so that the Pastor would know his people. The theft of the Holy Eucharist by Satanists who falsely approach the Communion rail was much reduced in this way.
Today, however, with so many people insisting on some kind of `right' which they do not have, many boldly present themselves for Holy Communion with the false idea that the priest must give It to them.
Sadly, circumstances require that the priest ascertain the spiritual condition of strangers attending Mass before admitting them to Holy Communion.
Genuine Catholics would not mind this, fully understanding that this is the duty of the priest. The priest must consider the honor and respect due to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Also, the priest cannot be expected to knowingly cooperate in the great sacrilege committed by those who brazenly approach the Lord.
It is time people began to understand the full implications of the words they use and the things they are dealing with.
A `heretic,' for example, is a baptized person who rejects some teaching of the Catholic Church. All heretics were once Catholic. Martin Luther was an Augustinian monk; Calvin was a priest; King Henry VIII was a staunch Catholic at one time. The list can go on and on.
To be a `heretic' one must know something of what one is to believe and then consciously and adamantly reject the teaching of the Church in favor of an opposing opinion.
Formal heretics are those who know that they are rejecting a teaching of the Church. They know this and they willing do it. One cannot be a `formal heretic' if one doesn't know what the Church teaches. One can become a formal heretic by blindly accepting the false teaching of others.
Someone might argue: "But, if the acceptance is `blind,' how can that person be considered a formal heretic?
Such a person becomes a formal heretic when blindly accepting error because everyone has the obligation to find the truth. Intellectual laziness is no excuse.
A `material heretic' is one who accepts heresy but is not aware that it is heresy. Although a person may be a material heretic for a time, such a condition cannot exist permanently because God gives sufficient grace to everyone to come to the truth.
The very fact of doubt is already a sign of God's grace urging the one in error to examine more closely the content of one's belief.
Keeping in mind the lessons and parables taught us by Jesus Christ concerning the true faith, doubts should be a means to strengthen our own faith by the fact that we examine it more closely.
Heretics and schismatics are outside the Church. They cannot, then, fruitfully receive Sacraments inside the Church.
It is certain that all those attending the "Vatican Council II Church" are heretics. For, it is sufficient to deny one truth to be guilty of denying all the truths, as St. Thomas Aquinas says, because the Author of the truth is being denied.
Of all the saints of the Church, no other can compare to the founder of the Franciscan Order for his devotion to the Holy Eucharist: St. Francis of Assisi.
This saint's attitude and reverence for priests might serve as a lesson to those whose attitude could be improved.
He had Brother Leo write:
"The Lord gave to me, Brother Francis, thus to begin to do penance; for when I was in sin it seemed to me very bitter to see lepers, and the Lord Himself led me amongst them, and I showed mercy to them. And when I left them, that which had seemed to me bitter was changed for me into sweetness of body and soul. And afterward I remained a little and I left the world. And the Lord gave me so much faith in churches, that I would simply pray and say thus: `We adore Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all Thy churches which are in the whole world, and we bless Thee, because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.'
After that the Lord gave me, and gives me, so much faith in priests who live according to the form of the holy Roman Church, on account of their order, that if they should persecute me, I would have recourse to them.
And if I had as much wisdom as Solomon had, and if I should find poor priests of this world, I would not preach against their will in the parishes in which they live. And I desire to fear, love and honor them and all others as my masters; and I do not wish to consider sin in them, for in them I see the Son of God, and they are my masters.
And I do this because in this world I see nothing corporally of the most high Son of God Himself except His most holy body and blood, which they alone consecrate and receive and they alone administer to others, And I will that these Most Holy Mysteries be honored and revered above all things and that they be placed in precious places. Wheresoever I find His most holy Names and written words in unseemly places, I wish to collect them, and I ask that they may be collected and put in a becoming place.
And we ought to honor and venerate all theologians and those who minister to us the most holy divine words as those who minister to us spirit and life."
The Apostles beheld the divinity of Jesus Christ through the veil of His humanity. We of today, however, behold and believe the Son of God present under the eucharistic veil.
Jesus lived with His Apostles as an historical Person. Today, Jesus lives just as truly in the eucharistic Presence.
Since damnation and salvation are hinged on belief in Him and love for Him then, likewise will our soul's salvation hinge on our belief and love for Him in the Holy Eucharist.
Those modern heretics of the Great Apostasy headed by Karol Wojtyla have only concern to maintain the false image of the Real Presence. This false image of the Real Presence only proves the belief of the apostates in the Real Absence!
More than at any other time known to us of this generation must care be taken not to cast the greatest pearl _ Jesus Christ Himself _ into the mouths of swine.
The priest must not become an accomplice in such a demonic travesty. Nor should anyone of supernatural faith confuse the haughty attitude of heretics with a genuine love for Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
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