Tuesday, 31 January 2012

In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur, coelestium, terrestrium, et infernorum.

I just found this wonderful picture of the Holy Father giving (First?) Communion, as the child kneels and receives Our Lord -- Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity -- on the tongue.

What a beautiful image. What a glorious continuation of a wonderful tradition. What an inspiring image for all Catholics and especially those studying for their own First Communion (yes, we have one such under our own roof).

Sadly I think on these matters when the Pope knows the Truth of such matters, I think he must order the Church to ensure Communion is received in this way, so Catholics know fully that it is the entirety of Our Lord in the Holy Species.

I believe it shows respect to Our Lord (who gives himself to us in His entirety) that we, the humble and unworthy sinners that we are, are showing in this small way that we know what we are doing, Who it is we are receiving, and the significance of our Communion with Our Lord.

As the rather large sign says in my local Church:

In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur, coelestium, terrestrium, et infernorum.
I am not a theologian, historian, expert nor even a particularly good Catholic, but in my heart of hearts I know many Catholics, many people, are (like me) weak-willed and prone to make short cuts when they can. Ipso facto we rely on Holy Mother Church to tell us right from wrong, to make the hard choices for us so that we may cling to the Rock of Peter in the storms of this world.

When the Church is absolute on matters of theology, liturgy and yes morality too, we know where we stand. But once they start fudging, making excuses, and popping in get-out clauses then far too many of us will search for ways out, stretch meanings and go for the easy option.

We need guidance. We need our shepherd.

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