“Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
“Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?”—Acts 7:48–50
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that
he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
“Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he
needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath,
and all things.”—Acts 17:24, 25
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity
of their mind,”—Ephesians 4:17
“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”—2 Corinthians 11:3, 4
Although it may not be common knowledge, Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not be changed) teaches that by eating Jesus’ “real body” and drinking his “real blood” in the Eucharist, a person becomes one with Jesus (union with God).
Oneness with God, intimate union with the divine or transformed into Jesus—the terms all mean the same thing as becoming deity. This is what Satan offered Adam and Eve in the garden—eat something physical, and you will get godhood—something spiritual.
Catholic Catechism: The Eucharist, “Real Presence” and Union
The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.—Catechism of the Catholic Church 1129
Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus.—Catechism of the Catholic Church 1391
The Eucharist, the “Real Presence” and Union in their own words
John Chrysostom said that Jesus Christ…desired so to unite himself to us, as to become one and the same thing with us. ‘He mingled himself with us, that we might be one thing…’ (St Alphonsus: “The Holy Eucharist” ) emmitsburg.net/grotto/father_jack/2003/jesus_the_eucharist.htm
Augustine of Hippo
As Augustine explains it…the Eucharist Christ…receives the church’s sacrifice “in the form of God” in union with God the Father. At the same time, Augustine adds, Christ “in the form of a servant” prefers to be the sacrifice rather than receive it.
In this way Christ is both the priest who offers the sacrifice and the oblation which is offered…” (civ. Dei 10.20).—Allan Fitzgerald, John C. Cavadini, Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia
Francis of Assisi
Let the whole of humanity tremble, the whole world shake and the heavens exult when our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is present on the altar in the hands of a priest…
That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under the little form of bread…Therefore, hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.”—Francis of Assisi
“It fits in perfectly with that charity of Christ which led him to take a real body having human nature and unite it to himself in order to save us. And because it is the very law of friendship that friends should live together, as Aristotle teaches, he promises us his bodily presence as a reward…
“In the meantime, however, he has not left us without his bodily presence in this our pilgrimage, but he joins us to himself in this sacrament in the reality of his body and blood…Hence this sacrament, because it joins Christ so closely to us, is the sign of the extreme of his love.—Thomas Aquinas (ST 3a.75.1) (pontifications.
Thomas a Kempis
Thomas à Kempis’ book, “Imitation of Christ” has a whole section on union with Christ in the Eucharist which I will discuss in my next post.
St. Francis de Sales
‘In no other action can the Savior be considered more tender or more loving than in this, in which he annihilates himself, so to say, and reduces himself to food, in order to penetrate our souls, and to unite himself to the hearts of his faithful.’
—Francis de Sales (emmitsburg.net/grotto/father_jack/2003/jesus_the_eucharist.htm)
Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 to 1690)
“Love keeps Him there [in the Blessed Sacrament] as a victim completely and perpetually delivered over to sacrifice for the glory of the Father and for our salvation. Unite yourself with Him, then, in all that you do…”—Margaret Mary
Peter Julian Eymard
“…There is a relation of life between Jesus living in the sacrament and ourselves living in the midst of the world: a relation of body to body. For that reason, this feast is not called simply the feast of our Lord, but the feast of the body of our Lord, Corpus Christi.
Through this body, we touch him; through it, he is our food, our brother and our guest…If you feel that he loves you more, you will give yourself to him more entirely; and the result of these two loves will be perfect union. Therein lie holiness and perfection.”—From the Real Presence of Saint Peter Julian Eymard (sjbrcc.net/corchris.html)
Pope John 23
“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy…I am determined to give myself no peace until I can truly say I am absorbed into the Heart of Jesus.” (Pope John XXIII, Journal of a Soul) Timothy Terrance O’Donnell, Heart of the Redeemer: An Apologia for the Contemporary and Perennial Value
1895 to 1979
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
We are not called to great penances…but the Holy Hour is a sacrifice in union with Christ!
On Frequent and Daily Reception of Holy Communion
Issued and approved by Pope Pius X on December 20, 1905
But since it is plain that by the frequent or daily reception of the Holy Eucharist union with Christ is strengthened…parish priests, confessors and preachers, according to the approved teaching of the Roman Catechism should exhort the faithful frequently and with great zeal to this devout and salutary practice.
1905 to 1938
“Saint” Faustina (see 1905 justthebook.wordpress.com)
“Saint” Faustina…an “apostle” of the Mercy of the Heart of God, considered a special aspect of her life to be transformed into a living host. “Transform me in yourself, oh Jesus, that I may be a living sacrifice. I desire to atone at each moment for poor sinners,” she prayed.
“Her entire life, in imitation of Christ’s, was to be a sacrifice…she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others.”—catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=510
1978 to 2005
Pope John Paul II
During Eucharistic Adoration we share in Jesus divine life in a transforming union!
Note: some quotes are from stmonicaadoration.com/Adoration%20Quotes.htm or mbprice.com/therealpresence/pea-sayingssaints.htm
Peter Kreeft, One Catholic to Another, 1985,
published by Inter varsity Christian Fellowship
This little booklet is a theologically twisted and unbiblical discussion between Dusty (who is called a Catholic Christian drifting into no church p. 9, and Sonny (the person informing of Catholic doctrine).
On p. 23, Sonny tells Dusty that Faith, which he says is letting Jesus come into your soul and life, is intimate like marriage. In fact, Sonny says, it is “like getting pregnant—letting God get your soul pregnant with his own life.”
The Year of the Eucharist acfp2000.com/Year_Eucharist/yeareu.html
Week 23 “Our union with Christ [in the Eucharist], which is a gift and grace for each of us, makes it possible for us, in him, to share in the unity of his body which is the Church” (Art. 23).
Seeking the Face of the Lord:
The Eucharist transforms us into Christ August 3, 2007
“…we are transformed when we receive Christ in the Eucharist. We are transformed into Christ.
Pope Benedict writes: “…This ‘eternal life’ begins in us even now, thanks to the transformation effected in us by the gift of the Eucharist…It is not the eucharistic food that is changed into us, but, rather, we are mysteriously transformed by it. Christ nourishes us by uniting us to himself…” (n. 70)
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”—2 Timothy 3:13
“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”—2 Peter 2:2
“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who
live in error.”—2 Peter 2:18
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”—Colossians 1:13, 14
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”—Ephesians 3:17