Sunday, June 10, 2012

Papal Wisdom

When the Lord says, "Unless ye have eaten the flesh of the Son of Man, and drunk His blood, ye will not have life in you," you ought so to be partakers at the Holy Table, as to have no doubt whatever concerning the reality of Christ's Body and Blood.'
St. Leo I the Great, Sermon 91, A.D.461

'Among the weapons against the prince of this world, the most potent is... a frequent partaking of the Lord's Body.'
St. Gregory VII, Letter to Matilda of Uscany, Feb. 16, 1074

'The effect of this sacrament [the Eucharist] which He operates in the soul for him who takes it worthily is the union of man with Christ.'
Eugenius IV, Exultate Deo, Nov. 22, 1439

'In the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ are truly, really, and substantially present.'
Pius IV, Injunctum Nobis, Nov 13, 1564

'There is a difference between the food of the body and that of the soul, that whereas the form is changed into our substance, the latter changes us into its own.'
Leo XIII, Mira Caritatis, May 28, 1902

'By this Sacrament faith is fed, in it the mind finds its nourishment, the objections of the rationalists are brought to naught, and abundant light is thrown on the supernatural order.'
Leo XIII, Mira Caritatis, May 28, 1902

'The faithful, being united to God by means of the Sacrament, may thence derive strength to resist their sensual passions, to cleanse themselves from the stains of daily faults, and to avoid those grave sins to which human frailty is liable.
St. Pius X, Sacra Tridentina Synodus, Dec. 20, 1905

'In the profound vision which he had fo the Church as a society, Pope Pius X recognized that it was the Blessed Sacrament which had the power to nourish her initimate life substantially, and to elevate her high above all other human societies.'
Pius XIII, Quest' ore di fulgente, May 29, 1954

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