Who is a Minister of the Eucharist?

…and other facts about Holy Communion

Last week during our Credo discussion after Mass, we had an interesting conversation about the Eucharist. While we discussed many of the theological and spiritual considerations around Holy Communion, we didn’t get a chance to cover what you might call some of the “straightforward facts” about the Blessed Sacrament: who can administer it? who can receive it? what are the guidelines for reception?

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Can Catholics Receive Communion in Protestant Churches?

Here’s a recent question asked by a student. Is it OK for Catholics to go to a Protestant worship service?I told him, “The answer is yes, but with an important asterisk.”

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The Eucharist & the Way of Understanding

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

I think it is fitting to start a new academic year with this Sunday’s lectionary readings for two reasons. First, because of what they tell us to seek. Second, because of what they tell us to avoid.

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The Miracle of the Loaves & Fishes

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

This week we begin to look at the sixth chapter of John; a chapter every Catholic should be familiar with because of its culmination in the great “Bread of Life” Eucharistic discourse. But before Jesus teaches his followers that he is the bread from heaven they must eat to gain eternal life, he first feeds them with ordinary bread which he gives to them in a very extraordinary way. It is the extraordinary way in which Jesus feeds the multitude in this Sunday’s gospel that I want to focus on.

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To Be Close to Jesus

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

(Corpus Christi)

For the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, I share with you a transcript of the homily I preached one month ago for my daughter’s First Holy Communion. If you prefer, you may listen to it here.

When I was in high school I had a part time job working in a warehouse. It was good work for a teenager, but it was boring work. Not that boring is bad. Now if you are a parent, like me, your child has come up to you at some point and said, “I’m bored!” And, if you are like me, you’ve probably responded by giving your child a list of possible chores they could be doing. “Clean your room. Unload the dishwasher. Put away the laundry.” Of course they don’t want to do those things. We don’t either! When a child complains about being bored, they are not looking for work to do. They are looking for games to play, for secrets to discover, for wilderness to explore.

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