Some thoughts of the Holy Father on the Holy Eucharist

"Love, which becomes visible in the mystery of the Cross presented anew in every celebration of the Eucharist, lays the foundations of our capacity to love and to make a gift. of ourselves, only in this way can we be credible proclaimers of his love"

(Pope Benedict XVI. Letter on the 50th Anniversary of "Haurietis Aquas." May 15.2006).



Because of His awesome love for us, Jesus chose to give up His life on the cross for us. His offering gave us His Eucharistic Presence! Through His glorious sacrifice He remains with us Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Holy Eucharist at every Sacrifice of the Mass, in every Consecrated Host, in every Tabernacle, in every Catholic Church throughout the world!

There He awaits our presence day and night, night and day. He yearns to be with us, to comfort, console and cradle us in His Sacred Eucharistic Heart. Jesus is our most attentive soul mate, our best friend, our life, our salvation and resurrection; through Him we are saved and made free!

Christians should be aware that they are not following a character from past history, but the livine Christ, present in the ‘today’ and ‘now’ of their lives…the encounter with Christ is the Eucharist which calls forth a commitment to evangelization and in impulse towards solidarity; it awakens in the Christian a strong desire to proclaim the Gospel and to bear witness to it I the world so as to build a more just and humane society…only from the Eucharist will the civilization of love spring forth. (Pope Benedict XVI, May 13, 2007)

"Adoration outside Holy Mass prolongs and intensifies what has taken place in the liturgical celebration and makes a true and profound reception of Christ possible. I warmly recommend, to Pastors and to all the faithful, the practice of Eucharistic adoration" (Pope Benedict XVI, June 10,2007).

My dear young friends, if you take part frequently in the Eucharistic celebration, if you dedicate some of your time to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Source of love which is the Eucharist, you will acquire that joyful determination to dedicate your lives to following the Gospel.

At the same times it will be your experience that whenever our strength is not enough, it is the Holy Spirit who transforms us, filling us with His strength and making us witnesses suffused by te missionary fervor of the risen Christ. (Pope Benedict XVI—World Youth Day 2008 message)




Ultimately, the Church draws her life from the Eucharist, from this real, self-giving presence of the Lord. Without this ever­new encounter with him, she would necessarily with­er … Anyone who repeatedly exposes himself to it and confides in it will be changed. You cannot walk con­stantly with the Lord, cannot ever anew pronounce these tremendous words, ‘This is My Body’ and ‘This is My Blood’, you cannot touch the Body of the Lord again and again, without being affected by him and challenged by him, being changed and led by him.

We may of course lag behind him, and will again and again lag immeasurably far behind, but in the long run there are really only two possibilities: either to shake off the Eucharist, with the enormous demands and power it sets up in life, or to surrender to it, to hold fast to it. Anyone who holds fast to the Lord will not be abandoned by him. Anyone who grapples with him calmly and patiently, humbly and sincerely, will be led by him; he will never be denied his light …

Christ genuinely shared himself out, gave himself with the torn-up bread, so that his life might be ours: that is the incred­ible event that occurs ever anew. Herein lies the great significance of the Eucharist, and that is why it is no game, but quite real. When death comes onstage the game is at an end. Man is set before the truth. But only when this encounter reaches right down unto death can true hope arise for man. (from Benedictus)

Art 1. The Roman Missal promulgated by Paul VI is the ordinary expression of the 'Lex orandi' (Law of prayer) of the Catholic Church of the Latin rite. Nonetheless, the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and reissued by Bl. John XXIII is to be considered as an extraordinary expression of that same 'Lex orandi,' and must be given due honour for its venerable and ancient usage. These two expressions of the Church's Lex orandi will in no any way lead to a division in the Church's 'Lex credendi' (Law of belief). They are, in fact two usages of the one Roman rite. (from Summorum Pontificum)


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