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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The fruits of Holy Communion

I find that there are so many beautiful things written in the Catechism, some things stand out more than others and this stood out to me today:

The fruits of Holy Communion

1391 Holy Communion augments our union with Christ.
The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him" Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet:
"As the living Father has sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me"

On the feasts of the Lord, when the faithful receive
the Body of the Son, they proclaim to one another
the Good News that the first fruits of life have been
given, as when the angel said to Mary Magdalene,
"Christ is risen!" Now too are life and resurrection
conferred to whoever receives Christ.

1392 What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion wonderfully achieves in our spriritual life. Communion with the flesh of the risen Christ, a flesh "given life and giving life through the Holy spirit" preserves, increases and renews the life of grace received at Baptism. This grown in Christian life needs the nourishment of the Eucharistic Communion, the bread for our pilgrimage, until the moment of death, when it will be given to us as viaticum.

posted by Grace B at 3:52 PM


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