With the Pro-life issue so hot right now especially with some Catholic Universities inviting pro-abortion speakers to their commencement ceremonies, I wonder how deep this issue really goes. For instance, the lay ministries have grown throughout the Catholic Church during the past decade to the degree that some Catholics probably haven't received communion from a priest in months or even years with the growing use of Eucharistic Ministers and shortage of priests. What are these special ministers of the Church? How much training to they receive, by whom, and what are the requirements needed by these individuals to fulfill this sacred post?
"the Church, in Christ, is a sacrament - a sign and instrument - of communion with God and of the unity of the entire human race." The good pope continued in writing that, "The fact that the Church is the 'universal sacrament of salvation" shows how the sacramental economy ultimately determines the way that Christ, the one Savior, through the Spirit, reaches our lives in ALL their particularity."
"The Christian faithful need a fuller understanding of the relationship between the Eucharist and their daily lives. Eucharistic spirituality is not just participation in Mass and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. It embraces the whole of life."
The Eucharist and the lay faithful should be "lived," meeting each of us where we are, making our existence the place where we experience daily the radical newness of the Christian life...a call to holiness - which must be clearly evident in the way individual Christians live their lives - as a vocation for God's glory. The moral transformation of the Eucharist that takes place in a believer
has the value of a 'spiritual worship' (Rom 12:1; Phil 3:3) flowing from and nourished by that inexhaustible source of holiness and glorification of God which is found in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist; by sharing in the sacrament of the Cross, the Christian partakes of Christ's self-giving love and is equipped and committed to live this same charity in all his thoughts and deeds."
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Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.