holy communion


#1

I have a good friend who is going to confession tomorrow for the first time in many, many years. He is 46 and is slowly getting back into his Catholic faith. He was brought up Catholic but most of his life didn’t practice it. He has a huge dilemma. He can’t seem to find a way to justify Holy Communion. He says we are taught cannibalism is wrong yet we are to eat the body and blood of Christ. My advise given was it says so in the bible, plus it brings us closer to God… then after a stressful conversation I asked “why can’t you just consider it a Mystery of God?” I need advise about this. Does anyone know of a book or how I can help him understand?


#2

So he does believe is the Real Presence?? Great. That’s a good place to start. Now, does he believe in Christ and following his commandments?? If he DOES, than he should be able to handle this:

“‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, *‘Truly truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed’” (John 6:47-55).
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“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant of my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

“Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:27).


#3

[quote=chochla]I have a good friend who is going to confession tomorrow for the first time in many, many years. He is 46 and is slowly getting back into his Catholic faith. He was brought up Catholic but most of his life didn’t practice it. He has a huge dilemma. He can’t seem to find a way to justify Holy Communion. He says we are taught cannibalism is wrong yet we are to eat the body and blood of Christ. My advise given was it says so in the bible, plus it brings us closer to God… then after a stressful conversation I asked “why can’t you just consider it a Mystery of God?” I need advise about this. Does anyone know of a book or how I can help him understand?
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Your friend suffers from the same problem that many of the disciples suffered from (John 6:48-58).


#4

thank you very much. I shared this with my friend. I hope it helps him understand better. Thank you and have a Blessed Easter.


#5

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