Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pope: Eucharist Transforms Us to Be Like Christ; Makes Us Persons of Peace, Forgiveness, Sharing

At his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis said that the Eucharist -- the true body and blood of Jesus Christ -- has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like Him, the National Catholic Register website reports today (August 18, 2015).

"The Eucharist is Jesus, who gives Himself entirely to us. To nourish ourselves with Him and abide in Him through Holy Communion, if we do it with faith, transforms our life into a gift to God and to our brothers," the Pope said on August 16.

To let ourselves be nourished by the Bread of Life, he said, "means to be in tune with the heart of Christ, to assimilate His choices, thoughts, behaviors."

It also means that we enter into "a dynamism of sacrificial love and become persons of peace, forgiveness, reconciliation, and sharing in solidarity," he added.

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