April 27, 2016

Pope Benedict XVI on the Eucharist

Pope Benedict XVI
The following quotations from Pope Benedict XVI concern the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist:
Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive. Only in this way do we become one with Him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself.
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In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church’s supreme act of adoration.
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In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering
The first two statements are from Pope Benedict's address to priests in Poland, May 25, 2006, in which he quotes Sacramentum Caritatis. The last is from his meeting with members of the Roman clergy in March of the same year.

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