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81. Our Lord's Use of the Holy Eucharist

1. Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist atthe Last Supper, the night before he died. He gave this sacramentto his apostles in Holy Communion. And he received this sacramenthimself.

2. Some have thought that Christ did not give HolyCommunion to Judas. But it seems that Judas received our Lord withthe other apostles.

3. When our Lord instituted the Holy Eucharist, and gavehimself to his apostles under the species of bread and wine, he hadnot yet endured his Passion, except in intention. His bodywas not yet glorified, as it was to be glorified in theResurrection, but was a passible body, that is, a bodythat could endure pain and death. What Christ gave to his apostlesin the Holy Eucharist was his body as it was then, thatis, at the time of the Last Supper. And yet, that body, passible initself, was not passible in the Holy Eucharist because pas-sibilitydepends on external extension, and even the passible body of Christwas unextended in the Eucharist, as this was given at the LastSupper. After the Resurrection of our Lord, his body in the HolyEucharist is the glorified and impassible body.

4. If the Blessed Sacrament had been reserved in atabernacle or had been consecrated by an apostle at the time ofChrist's Crucifixion, our Lord would have died in the BlessedSacrament as he died on the cross. For Christ is one and the samesubstantial being in his concrete bodily existence and in the HolyEucharist.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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