September 29, 2006

In practice and in attitude, are we forgetting that the Eucharist is a covenant?

[I originally posted this in March 2006. A new comment has come in, so I re-dated the post to appear here today.]

Our Lord gave us his Eucharist by referring to his Blood as "the Blood of the new and everlasting Covenant." With that declaration he echoes Moses' words in ratifying the ancient Mt. Sinai Covenant. "Behold the blood of the Covenant!" [Exodus 24:8]

The Mt. Sinai Covenant took place with God DEMANDING reverence for his untouchably holy mountain at whose foot he decreed an altar of piled stones unmarked by human tools.

The Mt. Sinai Covenant— just as any covenant— is a life-and-death mutual transaction, by which both parties in the Covenant vow to lay their lives on the line for each other.

By our casual liturgical manners today, we fail to let the New and Everlasting Covenant speak of the implicit, solemn and dangerous demand Christ is requiring of us by giving us his Eucharist AS a covenant.

We do not "receive" the Eucharist with right intention if we fail to understand that it is a COVENANT, that is, a binding two-way "faithful-unto-death" vow. One never “receives” a covenant. A covenant is always agreed to and entered.

ALL SOLEMNITY is owed to the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist, the Mass, simply by the very nature of a covenant.

September 24, 2006

Filipino Muslim leaders sign a manifesto of support for the Pope

"It is our honest belief that it was never the intention of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to hurt or offend the feelings of Muslims"
Click HERE for it.

Scouring the internet for Catholic and Papal daily news items

Besides other blogs, here are the places I visit each day.

  • "Pope Benedict" on

  • And now Muslims are denying they ever invaded Spain

    Rather, they say it was a "momentum to human civilization and brought human beings closer".

    Read their B.S.
    Click HERE for it.