September 9, 2022

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No letters were printed this week; here is the letter from two weeks ago:

Let’s confess in one voice the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

I found your editorial “What can we expect from a National Eucharistic Revival” in the July 15 issue of The Criterion very interesting.

You correctly state that we are actually receiving the body and blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine. It truly is the sum and summit of our faith.

As I reflected on your editorial, I would like to offer the following. At the mystery of faith response after the consecration, could our response be something like: “I believe that the bread and wine consecrated on this altar is now the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

As we pray so we believe, and today (unfortunately) the majority of Catholics are not as catechized as in previous generations. What we learn of our faith is what we experience on Sundays (and Saturdays) at our parishes.

If we really want to confess in our hearts that the Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, let us start by confessing it in one voice at Mass.

While I know it will only reach those in the pews, it is the first step in saying what we mean and meaning what we say!

- Joe O’Neil | Carmel, Ind.

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