When Receiving the Eucharist Becomes a Lie

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Birgit J

Birgit Jones is a ‘slightly 60,’ passionately pro-life, cradle Catholic. She and her Catholic convert husband, Rick, have been married for 40+ years. Frequent visits from their four adult children and 9 living grandchildren eliminate any fear of an empty nest. Birgit can also be found on Catholic Stand and her Facebook fan page Designs by Birgit.

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13 Responses

  1. Devon says:

    Wow! You are so full of hate. Good thing Christ is a lot more forgiving. Self-righteous people always assume their own sins are so negligible compared to the people they are condemning, but which human has the right to make that judgment? Even our Holy Father Pope Francis has said, “Who am I to judge?” I think you would have been one of those Catholics who condemned Galileo for saying the earth is not the center of the universe, a truth that was contrary to official church doctrine. Yes, abortion is an abomination. The best way to deal with pols who support it isn’t to excommunicate them (they probably don’t care anyway) but to reach their minds through their hearts. I found showing our state senator photos of my children and asking them which of my kids should have been aborted is a very effective way to communicate the truth of the sanctity of life. When he objected that not all kids are born healthy, I showed him a pic of my nephew, born profoundly disabled after his mother was advised to abort, who graduated from college, holds a great job and owns a house. Even a profound disability doesn’t make a person disposable, and that was the theme of my campaign against abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment: “Human beings are not disposable.” It’s been pretty effective. I don’t mind if you borrow it, I’m not possessive about it, but please keep it positive and leave your bitterness and hate behind when you use it.

    • Birgit J says:

      Your personal way of communicating the truth of the sanctity of life is admirable. My personal method is soft as well. Check out the memes I create on my Facebook page (link below) to see examples.

      At the heart of the above post, however, I merely state examples from Church teaching. By your mention of ‘our’ Holy Father, I take it that you are Catholic. Where is it, then, that you find me ‘full of hate’? When I quote the Bible, the USCCB, or the Catechism? They all clearly illustrate what is required for a person to present themselves for reception of Holy Communion. These are not fabrications of my making; they are dogma – the uninterrupted teaching of Holy Mother Church.

      If a person publicly cheers at the horrendous act of killing full term babies (there is video available of just that), that person has brought God’s judgment on himself. I am certainly not sinless, I am also not judging their immortal souls. What I am doing is stating the facts, as presented by the Church.

      Any good Catholic should love their neighbor enough to find fault with this type of public action and the effect it has by bad example. We should also do all we can to avoid the profanation of our Eucharistic Lord. All of the sources in the article point out just that.


    • Martin says:

      Accuse a pro-lifer of hate for simply proclaiming church teaching, suggest that they are hypocrites & tell them that they would have been against Galileo. Then you proclaim how forgiving Jesus was, ignoring His own admonitions against sin, and top it off with quoting Pope Francis out of context and bragging about how christlike you are when you confront pro-aborts. So …how long have you been writing for the Huffington Post? If your comment was any more cliche, it’d have to be a parody. Stop pretending to be pro life, because if you were you wouldn’t be spewing such nonsense. Your tales of showing pics are obviously a ruse to promote a pro abortion agenda. Please leave this Catholic site, go back to HuffPo, and stay there. Btw, no, I won’t pray for you.

    • Dave Gaetano says:

      People have the capacity to reject both truth and love for truth. No one can make pro-abortionists accept the truth about abortion or care about it. Those who refuse to accept the truths taught by the Catholic Church should not be accorded the status of “Catholic”.

  2. nancyv says:

    I thought this a concise clear writing on you know, what Jesus SAID. Maybe ought to be included in every homily.
    Thank you.

  3. Angel says:

    Very well said. I agree with everything you said. This should be preached from every pulpit. The condemnation doesn’t come from you or me, but comes from the person’s actions which reflect their inner beliefs. A politician or anyone for that matter can’t have it both ways on issues.

    • Birgit J says:

      Exactly, @Angel, Jesus spoke truth and the Church protects His truth. The decision of obeying or not is strictly up to each individual. God, or the Church, doesn’t leave people behind. They are the ones who walk away from Truth.


    Extraordinary, precise, accurate, and beautiful articulation of the profound truth of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
    Not surprisingly Devon declared you “full of hate” and supported his contempt for truth by referencing Pope Francis’ admonition “who am I to judge”-Like a true liberal he arrogantly attacks you rather than speak in rebuttal with facts and authentic and rational thought. AND notice how Devon openly judges you as “full of hate” and “self-righteous” despite his own weak reliance of “who am I to judge'”. Don’t let folks like him deter you from your obvious gift of understanding and knowledge of Catholic truth. May God bless you Birgit.

  5. Katrina Fernandes says:

    Devon thanks for your beautiful pro-life witness. However, there is no mention of hate in Brigit’s analysis – it is love. First, love for Our Lord truly present in the Eucharist. Second, love for Scripture and church teaching that guides us in this matter. Finally, love for our neighbor so that they may not be condemned for receiving the Eucharist unworthily.

    “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” 1 John 3:18

    Thank you for another excellent article Brigit! God bless.

  6. aiello01 says:

    In John 6:63, Jesus further explains what He meant by eating His flesh and drinking His blood. Jesus says “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (see also 1Corinthians 15:45). This doesn’t sound Eucharistic. It sounds more like Pentecost. Jesus says that the Spirit gives life. This is in line with what John says in 1John 3:24: “And hereby we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” Christ lives in us when we consume His Spirit. The sacraments associated with this are Baptism and Confirmation. In John 6:62, Jesus asks the disciples that complained: “What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before” How would it be possible for them to actually eat His flesh and drink His blood after He ascended? It would not be.

    • Birgit J says:

      I’d like to ask you if you are Catholic because every Catholic must hold the True Presence as reality. This is not optional.

      In any case, plucking a couple of lines out of the entire sixth chapter, to disprove the many lines confirming the Truth of His Presence is hardly sufficient. Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” This causes murmuring against Him.

      Then Jesus goes on to say, “For My flesh is [k]food indeed, and My blood is [l]drink indeed“, He cannot be misunderstood. He repeatedly insists on this Truth. Disciples leave due to this hard saying. Yes, Pentecost is the Holy Spirit coming down upon those in the Upper Room, but that doesn’t happen until after Jesus’ death and resurrection. That would be completely out of context for this particular conversation. It also wouldn’t be a hard saying. Talking about Pentecost wouldn’t cause so many to leave. After all, they had already witnessed all sorts of miracles.

      As far as receiving Him after the resurrection goes, this because His sacrifice doesn’t occur over and over again. He died once for the many. Attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass transcends time. It is the same one sacrifice. Jesus is present – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – each and every time because we are transported to the foot of the cross at every Mass.

      The accidents of bread and wine are changed into the Substance of Jesus during the consecration. It is Him. If God can create the universe and everything in it from nothing, the Holy Spirit come down as flames of fire, Jesus perform miracles, and rise from the dead – why is it so difficult to believe in the reality of the Eucharist?

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