April is honored as the month of the Holy Eucharist. This year, April 2nd, is Holy Thursday, the day that the Church commentates the Institution of the Eucharist in a special way. For on the night before Jesus' Crucifixion, Jesus met with His apostles, broke bread, and blessed wine. He asked that his followers do these in memory of Him. Catholics believe that when Jesus broke bread and said, "This is my Body", the bread became Jesus' Body and not in a figurative sense; likewise, Catholic believe that the wine when blessed, becomes Jesus' Blood. His command: "Do this in memory of Me", has been adhered to by Catholics for over 2000 years. The mystery of how mere bread and wine can and does transform into Jesus' Body and Blood is called "transubstansiation" and it explains how there is a real substance transformation, while the matter retains its form, taste, etc.,. There have been many Eucharistic miracles and the Holy Eucharist is the most treasured belief and source of grace that Catholics have. more...
Every person was uniquely created to participate in the Kingdom of God; we know this because God said to Jeremiah: “Before you were in the womb, I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5) This indicates Divine Providence, a plan for each of God’s creatures. However, unlike robots, He did not “program” us to respond to His plans in an autonomous way. This is because God wants us to freely choose to love Him.
“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in Himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him a share in His own blessed life.” (CCC 1)
The ability to choose to love or reject Him also means that we are responsible for the consequences—good and bad— of all we do. For instance, if we choose to overindulge in sweets, God isn’t going to step in and “magically” undo the effects. He is like a good parent who allows His children to discover and explore; He wants us to learn how to recognize and act for not just the perceived good (instant gratification of taste), but the actual good (health and longevity of life). Also, like a good parent, He doesn’t leave us “unguided”. Thus, while He allows us to make our own choices, He never turns a blind eye to us, but gives us the tools and gifts we need to make informed decisions. more...