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The Holy Eucharist

( Originally Published 1922 )



The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of God's love. In this holy Sacrament Christ gives us His own body and blood to be the nurture of our soul. It is the Sacrament which feeds and nourishes the life of divine grace in our soul. Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper when He changed bread and wine into His own body and blood.

Children, you have told me before about some of the Sacraments. What do the Sacraments give to us ? Which Sacrament first gives us God's grace? Why are we said to be born again in Baptism? What is God's grace to our soul? What does this new life do for our soul? What Sacrament makes us strong in this new life?

Once you told me about the time when you were a little baby. Who gave you to your father and mother? Who gave you your life? Why do you have to eat and drink? What would happen if you didn't eat and drink for a long time? Who gives us things to eat and drink? Why are some things good to eat and drink and others are not? Who made them like that? What keeps you strong and healthy?

What is God's grace for our soul? When were we born in this new life? What Sacrament feeds this new life in our soul? How does the Holy Eucharist feed the life of grace in our soul? Under what form does our Lord give us His body and blood in the Holy Eucharist? What keeps alive the life of grace in our soul? Why, then, did our Lord give us the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?

Why did God give us bread and meat and things to drink? Why did God give us the Holy Eucharist? What life does the Holy Eucharist keep in us ? Why do we need the Holy Eucharist ? Our Lord Himself told us this. You can read in the Gospel of St. John (6, 54) what He said. When the Jews refused to believe that He would give them His body and blood to be the food and drink of their soul, He told them that unless they ate His flesh and drank His blood they could not have life in them. Where, then, can you read that our Lord gave us His body and blood as food and drink? What did our Lord say to show that we must receive the Holy Eucharist to keep the life of grace in our soul? Under what form are our Lord's body and blood in the Holy Eucharist?

When did our Lord give us the Holy Eucharist? How did our Lord institute the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper? How could our Lord change bread and wine into His own body and blood? What can our Lord do? Why can our Lord do all things ? You can read about how our Lord instituted the Holy Eucharist in the New Testament. St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. Paul tell us about it. St. Matthew (24, 2628) says : "Whilst they were at supper Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke it : and gave to His disciples and said : Take ye, and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, He gave thanks, and gave to them, saying : Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto the remission of sins." (See also St. Mark 14, 2224 ; St. Luke 22, 1920 ; I Corinthians 11, 23-25.)

Now, tell me about the Last Supper. What did our Lord first take into His hands? What did He do with the bread? What did He say while He held the bread in His hands? What happened when our Lord said?"This is my body." What person of the Blessed Trinity is our Lord? How long has our Lord been God? How did God make the world? What does God have to do to make anything? What would happen if God wished for another world to be made? How do you know that the bread was changed into our Lord's body? What did our Lord say to show that He had changed bread into His body?

What did our Lord do when He took the chalice of wine into His hands? To whom did He give thanks? What did our Lord say after He had given thanks to God the Father? What happened when our Lord said ? "This is my blood." How, then, do you know that our Lord changed wine into His blood? Why was our Lord able to change wine into His blood? What would our Lord have to do to change wine into His blood? What shows that our Lord did really change wine into His blood?

What did our Lord's body and blood look like at the Last Supper? What color did our Lord's body and blood have at the Last Supper? What taste did our Lord's body and blood have at the Last Supper ? If our Lord's body and blood looked like bread and wine and tasted like bread and wine, how did the Apostles know that they were receiving our Lord's body and blood? Why did the Apostles believe what our Lord said to them? Why do we say that the Apostles had faith in our Lord? How do we know that our Lord changed bread and wine into His own body and blood? Why do you believe what our Lord said? What Church teaches us what our Lord said? Why do you believe all that the Catholic Church teaches? Who sent the Catholic Church to teach us?

Where can we read how our Lord changed bread and wine into His own body and blood? How do we know what the words of the Bible mean? Who sent the Catholic Church to tell us what the words of the Bible mean ? Why do many people not know what the words of the Bible really mean?

When has any one the Catholic Faith? What do you believe when you have the Catholic Faith ? Why do you believe that our Lord changed bread and wine into His own body and blood? Why are you sure that the Catholic Church always teaches the truth? What does the Catholic Church tell us about the Holy Eucharist? When did Christ institute the Holy Eucharist? What happened at the Last Supper? Who were with our Lord at the Last Supper ? What did our Lord give the Apostles to eat and drink? Under what form did our Lord give them His body and blood ?

After our Lord had changed bread and wine into His own body and blood, He gave the Apostles power to do the same. He said to them : "Do this in remembrance of me." He gave them power to do what He had done. Who were the first priests of the Catholic Church? Who ordained the Apostles priests? What power did our Lord give the Apostles at the Last Supper? What did our Lord say when He gave them power to change bread and wine into His body and blood ?

Who ordained other priests after our Lord went up to heaven? Who gave the Apostles power to ordain other priests? Who gave these other priests power to change bread and wine into our Lord's body and blood? Who ordained priests after the Apostles died? Who ordain priests now? Who gives priests the power to change bread and wine into our Lord's body and blood? When does our Lord give the priests power to change bread and wine into His body and blood?

To what Church did our Lord give the care of the seven Sacraments? Why did our Lord give the Sacraments to the care of the Catholic Church alone? Who founded the Catholic Church? To what Church did our Lord give the Holy Eucharist? Who are the only men in the world that can change bread and wine into our Lord's body and blood? By whose power did our Lord change bread and wine into His own body and blood? By whose power did the Apostles change bread and wine into our Lord's body and blood? By whose power do priests change bread and wine into our Lord's body and blood ?

In the catacombs at Rome you can see many pictures that represent the Holy Eucharist. By whose power did the priests in the catacombs change bread and wine into our Lord's body and blood? How long is it since the Christians used to worship God in the catacombs? Why did they have to hide in these dark places?

The bread we use for the Holy Eucharist is made from pure wheat flour and water. No other bread will serve for the Holy Eucharist. It is called unleavened bread because there is no yeast in it. The altar breads are baked with hot irons ; they are pure white. None other than pure grape wine may be used for the Holy Eucharist.

You know our Lord's body and blood are both under the form of bread. Both His body and blood are also present under the form of wine. It is because our Lord is alive in the Holy Eucharist. Our Lord gives us His living body and blood in the Holy Eucharist.

What grace does the Holy Eucharist bring into your soul? How often does the Holy Eucharist give you more of God's grace ? Why is the Holy Eucharist called the Sacrament of our Lord's body and blood ? Why is it called the Sacrament of God's love? When did our Lord institute the Holy Eucharist? What did our Lord do at the Last Supper? To whom did our Lord give the power to change bread and wine into His body and blood? To whom does our Lord give that power now? How does our Lord give that power to priests? Who sent the bishop to ordain priests?

How do we know that our Lord changed bread and wine into His body and blood? How do we know what our Lord told us? Who sent the Catholic Church to teach us? Where can we read about how our Lord changed bread and wine into His body and blood? In what part of the Bible can we read this? How long has the Catholic Church taught about the Holy Eucharist ? Who were the first priests of the Catholic Church ? What did the Apostles teach the people about the Holy Eucharist? When did the Apostles live? Who taught the people in the catacombs about the Holy Eucharist? In how many countries of the world do priests teach the people about the Holy Eucharist ?

Which Sacrament best shows God's love for us ? Why does the Holy Eucharist best show God's love for us? Who comes to us in the Holy Eucharist? When did our Lord come to us in another form? In what form did our Lord come to us in the stable of Bethlehem? Which person of the Blessed Trinity took the form of a little child? Which person of the Blessed Trinity takes the form of bread and wine? You know our Lord is both God and man. In the Holy Eucharist, too, our Lord is both God and man. What can our Lord in the Holy Eucharist do? Why can He do all things? How much does our Lord in the Holy Eucharist know? Why do we adore our Lord in the Holy Eucharist?

How does the Holy Eucharist show God's love for us? Whom can you thank for giving us the Holy Eucharist? Why did God give us the Holy Eucharist? Where will the Holy Eucharist help us to go when we die? How does the Holy Eucharist help us to go to heaven? What does it do for our soul?



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