*]What should I do when I cannot believe that “what looks to be” a piece of bread is Jesus’ Body and Blood?
*] How can you tell if the consecration did not take place if you don’t speak the language used for consecration and don’t know the exact prayer to be used? (The matter used appeared to be the standard unleavened bread wafer and wine; the priest appears to be endorsed by the Archbishop in Tokyo.)
*] How are we to understand 1 Corinthians 11 where Paul talks about discerning the Lord’s body?
*] Shouldn’t we expect more healing and more illness for those receiving the Eucharist with faith and those receiving unworthily?
*] Isn’t it unreasonable to tell yourself it’s Jesus’ Body without this evidence?
*] Isn’t it true that God wouldn’t require us to actually do something unreasonable?
*] How do you know whether you’ve met the three conditions for a mortal sin, and whether you’re “just kidding yourself” in thinking that you haven’t?
This thread seems related to my previous concerning creed recitation.
For the last Sunday Mass I was praying for numerous things; in addition to miraculous healing for myself, some sign to console the parents of a ten-year-old girl who died suddenly of a heart defect two days ago, days before her tenth birthday. (Alleah Jen appears to have been her name, if you want to pray for her or her family.) I both prayed for her purification and for her intercession, thinking perhaps some miracle from her, a sign of her being in heaven, would comfort her devastated mother.
Frankly, this appears to me evidence that the Church’s doctrine of the Eucharist is not true: If it really is Jesus’ Body and Blood, then surely it’s not a guessing game – reality ought to be like what St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11, “he is eating and drinking damnation to himself if he eats and drinks unworthily, not recognizing the Lord’s body for what it is. That is why many of your number want strength and health, and not a few have died.” We ought to be seeing more healings among people receiving the Eucharist who really believe, who have faith and ask to be healed, and more sicknesses among those who are receiving while guilty of grave sin, e.g. pro-feticide politicians. Instead, it appears nothing is happening either way: No healings, no sickness. It’s like what St. Paul wrote no longer applies. Why?
This observation raises the question: What if this priest hasn’t been validly ordained? How can you tell? What if the Eucharist isn’t being validly confected? How can you tell?
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