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Letters to the Editor
(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
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In response to the letter last month by Paul McDonnell:
The presiding priest/deacon made him and others feel unwelcome!
I commend the direct approach to inform those attending that only those Catholics in good standing with our loving God, with clear conscience, receive him. This communion with God is receiving him in his fullness body and blood consecrated only by a Catholic Priest. Christians of Non-Roman Catholic believe it is only a symbol.
This last Sunday, Mother’s Day, I was blessed to have all three of my daughters and some of their children spend the weekend with me. I live rural and Mass is 20 miles away. We all went to Mass as a gift to me I suppose.
Walking into church, I mentioned kindly to my one (fallen-away Catholic daughter) who attends her New Age Christian church in Seattle that she could not receive Communion. Needless to say she said some very hurtful remarks to me and about my Church and her rules.
Better me to be hurt than Jesus.
She and another daughter made an effort to walk in front of me and exit the church at the beginning of Communion time.
What sets us Catholics aside from other Christians is primarily the belief in the true presence.
“For whom much is given, much will be expected.”
I and the presiding priest/deacon have been given the knowledge to inform others to not slap Jesus in the face. Pray for us our continued strength.
Carolyn Olson, Addy, Wash.
It appears that Paul McDonnell (Letters, IR 5/17/12) does not understand either Catholic or Protestant teaching on the Eucharist.
As a former Protestant, I know that very few Protestants (outside of the Anglican Church) believe that the bread and wine (or grape juice) become the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. I never even heard that term until I became a Catholic.
Most Protestants believe that the bread and wine (or grape juice) stay bread and wine, and are just symbols of Jesus. As far as I know, the Catholic Church is the only church (except for the Orthodox) that believes in transubstantiation.
For Catholics, the Eucharist is the “real thing,” not just a symbol. It does, however, have the symbolic meaning of “unity.”
Our “separated brethren” are just that – separated. If any of them truly believe that the Eucharist in the Catholic Church is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, then they should seriously consider coming into the Catholic Church. They won’t be getting the Real Presence in any Protestant Church.
St. Paul gives, in I Corinthians 11:23-32, a very clear guide to receiving the Eucharist. Especially appropriate to this conversation is verse 29: “For anyone who eats and drinks [the Eucharist] without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.”
It would be wrong on our part to invite people who do not recognize the body of the Lord to participate in the Eucharist. They would then “eat and drink judgment” on themselves. Anyone who encourages them to do so also commits a sin, since he is leading others into sin.
Bonnie Stichart, Colville, Wash.
Allow me a moment to say how grateful I am for the work of so many talented columnists within the pages of each issue of the Inland Register.
Bishop Cupich, of course, and our diocese’s own Father Mike Savelesky. But also talented writers from outside our diocese: Father Mikulski’s “Question Box,” Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, and Father Jan Larson of the Seattle Archdiocese reinforce my faith, at the very least, and at other times challenge me to live a deeper, more authentic life in Christ. Thank you.
Name withheld by request
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