[quote=kmmd]I attended a lecture the other evening that our parish was having to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist.
The priest said that we don’t have to believe in transubstantiation any more.
I wish I had taken better notes, but my heart was so heavy. The whole evening was about Jesus’s presence at Mass everywhere but in the Eucharist.
Pray for us in the Diocese of Rochester.
The unfortunate priest has a very, very poor understanding of the Catholic Church.
First, since Church teachings come from the apostles, who learned from God and since God never changes, then Church teachings can never change.
Since Church teachings come from God, and God can never be in error, then again, Church teachings can never change. Because either the teaching was wrong before it changed or it was wrong after it changed. Since God’s teachings can never be in error, they can never change.
Third, he doesn’t even know the basic teaching on the Eucharist. What makes the Eucharist different from any other sacrament or from any other way in which Jesus is present is that in the Eucharist ALONE Jesus is present in His Human nature, in addition to being present in His Divinity. Thus, while it is true that Jesus is present where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, and while it is true, He is present in His word, which is read in the Church and commented upon in the Homily and He is present in the minister, etc. But it is in the Eucharist ALONE that He is present as true God and true man. In all the other ways Jesus is only present in His Divinity.
The Church teaches in the Mystery of Faith, " in the Eucharistic species a totally unique presence because in the sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ is wholly and entirely present, God and man, substantially and without interruption."
Why is this important? Well, you you remember when Jesus walked the earth visibly in Israel, many people came to Him and were healed physically and healed spiritually. While it is true that at that time God was everywhere, thus Jesus was everywhere, and while it was true that these same people had prayed to God for healing, it was not until they came near Jesus, in His physical presence that they were healed. In other words, God did not perform miracles until people came next to Him, in His physical presence. This is because ALL the graces which come from Jesus flow through His humanity. That is why the Eucharist is the greatest of all sacraments. That is why so many miracles happen at Eucharistic adoration. That is why Pope John Paul II requested all parishes in the whole world start Eucharistic adoration. He wants people everywhere to receive the benefits of the physical presence of Jesus. In the whole entire world, it is only in the Eucharist that we can come into the physical presence of Jesus.
And just as Jesus did not perform miracles until people came into His physical presence, today He often will not perform miracles until people come into His physical presense in Eucharistic Adoration, where He wants to perform miracles.
I learned all this from Father John Hardon who produced some tapes before he died called “The Blessed Sacrament”. Father Hardon gets ALL the Church teachings on the Eucharist, all the encyclicals and presents these teachings to us.
I have since had so many miracles happen at Eucharistic adoration that I can’t remember them all. Now I go to adoration every day. Why do you think that Padre Pio and the Cure of Ars became such great saints? It was because they spent hours in front of Jesus in the tabernacle in Eucharistic adoration. In Eucharistic adoration Jesus is physically present in His humanity. Thus He watches us as we come in to the chapel with His physical eyes. He watches us with His eyes as we walk around the room. He hears us with His physical ears. This is because in the whole world, it is ONLY in the Eucharist that Jesus is present body, blood, soul and Divinity. It is ONLY in the Eucharist that Jesus, the God who created us and who keeps us in existance is present as a complete man, just as any other man is present in the room. This is why the Church calls His presence in the Eucharist a "unique presence."
And just as Jesus got lonely while visibly present on earth and asked His apostles to stay with Him, He also gets lonely in the tabernacle, because as a man, Jesus has a human mind and a human soul and thus human emotions. He did not lose any of His humanity after His resurrection. He loves us beyond belief and wants us to spend time with Him in adoration. And He will reward us with many graces, blessings and miracles if we do so.
My life changed totally once I learned ALL the teachings on the Eucharist and now receive so many more graces.