The Eucharist, Abuse and the Mystical Body

Posted September 21, 2018 1:38 am by Jennifer Derwey-Deane

The Eucharist, Abuse and the Mystical Body

I have always been an emotional communicant, to this my family and parish priest can attest. The communion this Eucharist establishes is, of course, communion with Christ and each other, even those already in the glory of heaven. Therefore, it establishes us as a single body, one body, in Christ. While we today, too often, think of this in a metaphorical sense, the very radical understandings we find in St Paul (1 Cor. 12: 12-27) and Church Fathers such as St. Augustine (City of God, 10, 6) encourage us to think of it in more realist terms. For them every

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