On-Going Instruction in the Principles of Christianity
2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 11/15
("MYSTERY OF FAITH",
ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF
POPE PAUL VI)
May the faithful, thanks to your efforts, come to realize and experience ever more perfectly the truth of these words: “He who desires life finds here a place to live in and the means to live by. Let him approach, let him believe, let him be incorporated so that he may receive life. Let him not refuse union with the members, let him not be a corrupt member, deserving to be cut off, nor a disfigured member to be ashamed of. Let him be a grateful, fitting, and healthy member. Let him cleave to the body, let him live by God and for God. Let him labor here on earth, that he may afterwards reign in heaven.”
It is to be desired that the faithful, every day and in great numbers, actively participate in the Sacrifice of the Mass, receive Holy Communion with a pure heart, and give thanks to Christ Our Lord for so great a gift. Let them remember these words: “The desire of Jesus Christ and of the Church that all the faithful receive daily Communion means above all that through the sacramental union with God they may obtain the strength necessary for mastering their passions, for purifying themselves of their daily venial faults, and for avoiding the grave sins to which human frailty is exposed.”
In the course of the day the faithful should not omit to visit the Blessed Sacrament, which according to the liturgical laws must be kept in the churches with great reverence in a most honorable location. Such visits are a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, an acknowledgment of the Lord’s presence.
No one can fail to understand that the Divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people an incomparable dignity. Not only while the Sacrifice is offered and the Sacrament is received, but as long as the Eucharist is kept in our churches and oratories. Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, “God with us.” Day and night He is in our midst. He dwells with us, full of grace and truth. He restores morality, nourishes virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak. He proposes His own example to those who come to Him, that all may learn to be, like Himself, meek and humble of heart and to seek not their own interests but those of God.