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The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
The simplest way to express what Christ asks us to believe about the Real Presence is that the Eucharist is really He. The Real Presence is the real Jesus. We are to believe that the Eucharist began in the womb of the Virgin Mary; that the flesh which the Son of God received from His Mother at the Incarnation is the same flesh into which He changed bread at the Last Supper; that the blood He received from His Mother is the same blood into which He changed wine at the Last Supper. Had she not given Him His flesh and blood there could not be a Eucharist.
We are to believe that the Eucharist is Jesus Christ - simply, without qualification. It is God become man in the fullness of His divine nature, in the fullness of His human nature, in the fullness of His body and soul, in the fullness of everything that makes Jesus Jesus. He is in the Eucharist with His human mind and will united with the Divinity, with His hands and feet, His face and features, with His eyes and lips and ears and nostrils, with His affections and emotions and, with emphasis, with His living, pulsating, physical Sacred Heart. That is what our Catholic Faith demands of us that we believe. If we believe this, we are Catholic. If we do not, we are not, no matter what people may think we are.
Father John A. Hardon S.J.
Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many Churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and often the night. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return?
Excerpt from Real Presence.org
Eucharist Adoration and St Benedict Joseph Labre
Have you ever desired good for someone? What do you do? Simply put, you have a conversation and express yourself to them. Doesn’t everyone desire love? Now you have the answer: Prayer is a love conversation. God the Trinity of Persons wants you to join with Him in
conversation. By raising our minds and hearts to God, we enter in a conversation with God. He is a good listener which gives us strength. What is this strength? It is knowing God is present and that he loves us. St. Francis de Sales puts it this way: “The desire of love makes us pray and the love obtained from prayer makes us contemplate.” And contemplation simply, is wondering through and about God’s love for us. There is no greater example in a saint then in our patron. As you will learn, he was not just a man of prayer, He was “prayer” embodied in a man. Our saint would spend the greater part of everyday, and sometimes the whole day at the 40 hours devotion in Rome.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre was so much in love with God, he followed him. Wherever the 40 Hours devotion was held, there was our patron following him and being present to adore Him. This compelled our saint to walk 20,000 miles in 13 years. Our saint was seen numerous times lifted off the ground levitating while adoring God in the Holy Eucharist.