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Why is Jesus Absent from Protestant Communion?

There are many churches that claim to have the True Presence of Jesus in their Communion but do they really?  What ingredients does it take to have the True Presence of Jesus and what did Jesus teach us?

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  • The valid Sacrament of Holy Orders from unbroken Apostolic Succession directly from Christ found only in the Church that Jesus founded (Catholic Church)

Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper.  He also ordained His Apostles that night as the first priests to be able to change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus (see Luke 22:19).  This authority was only meant for the Apostles and their successors through the laying on of hands from the Pope to the Bishops. This is called the valid Sacrament of Holy Orders.  Anyone breaking that line of succession loses their authority.  The Sacrament of Holy Orders from unbroken Apostolic Succession is the sole reason why it is the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  This is only found in the Catholic Church and this is why the Eucharist is kept reverently in a Tabernacle.  If you want the real thing, you have to belong to the Catholic Church.

Protestant churches have broken that Apostolic Succession and their pastors are not validly ordained, invalidating their authority from Christ to change the bread into the Eucharist.  All churches other than the Catholic Church have broken that Apostolic line and splintered off.  No matter how much training or college the pastors receive, they are still not validly ordained with the Authority of Jesus in Apostolic Succession.  Martin Luther was a priest and received Apostolic Succession in the Catholic Church but split off and rejected the Church.  However Martin Luther was not a bishop so he wouldn’t have been able to pass that authority on even if he had stayed in the Church.  Because the Protestant churches do not have Apostolic Succession, they do not have the Real True Presence of Jesus in their Communion.  Their bread is blessed or a symbol, like when we ask for a blessing at meals but it is not the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood.  This is why they can do whatever they want with the leftovers, because the communion wafers are not consecrated; they are not Jesus.

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What happened on Holy Thursday?

Holy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter and is very significant, because it is when Jesus instituted the priesthood of the Catholic Church along with it’s authority.  Jesus celebrated the Passover with the twelve apostles in the upper room.

During the Last Supper, Jesus said, “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you.”  When supper was ended, Jesus said, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this in memory of me.”  Jesus was telling the apostles to “Do this in memory of me.” giving them the authority of the priesthood to celebrate the Mass and consecrate the Eucharist, calling on the Holy Spirit to come and transubstantiate the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.  This authority is passed down through the laying on of hands in an unbroken line from the apostles to the priests, bishops and the pope today in the Catholic Church.

Anyone who has broken from this line loses the authority from Jesus to change the bread and wine into the Holy Eucharist, leaving them with an unconsecrated but blessed bread and wine.  This is not the same as the Eucharist in the Catholic Church.  This blessed bread is not the same bread that Jesus was talking about in John 6 and does not have the same life in it as the Eucharist has.  The Eucharist has Jesus’ life and heart in it.  It is really Jesus.  This is why the Eucharist is not the same as communion bread in other churches…It is all because of the authority that Jesus gave to the priests, and the priests alone.

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I Found True Peace in Sacred Silence

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Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar for Adoration with Tabernacle in the background.  Photo credit: Caring Catholic Convert

In our society, we all have our ear buds, television, computers, radio.  This is our connectivity but it is also noise.  It makes our minds so busy.   I see on the news that a lot of people are doing yoga and meditating to get peace of mind.  It was about 122 years ago that the radio was invented.  Before that, we didn’t have all the gadgets or noise.  We had nature and each other to listen to.  We are missing something though…Silence!

 

When was the last time we took some time and just listened to God?  When was the last time we went to the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration and just sat and spoke with God or just sat in silence in His presence?  If you truly want peace of mind, go to Adoration or pray.  This is so peaceful and easy and free!  You don’t have to go to the gym to do this.  You can pray anytime.  You can go to the chapel and sit in Adoration anytime and it doesn’t have to last an hour; you can do whatever time you have available.  Even five minutes makes a huge difference.

So many people are searching for peace in their lives in many different places and frustrated when they can’t find it, or they think they found it but still feel restless deep down.  They think peace is in the gym, music, drugs, caffeine, hobbies, traveling, money, or whatever else they occupy their minds with.  Peace is not in these things or anything else.  St. Augustine wrote in his book, Confessions, “Our heart is restless until it rests in you (God).” He had searched for peace in his young adulthood in adultery, other religions, and sin after sin until he found the Catholic Church and allowed God in his life.  His mother, St. Monica, prayed for 17 years for him to return to the Church and the salvation of his soul.  She also prayed for her husband and mother-in-law.  Her prayers were answered when all three converted and came into the Church.  St. Ambrose’s prayers, a bishop, also helped to bring them all into the Church.

Did you know you don’t even have to be Catholic to go to Adoration?  If you go, remember proper reverent etiquette:

  •  to be silent while in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
  •  to bow or genuflect on your way in and on your way out 
  • If you don’t know where to find Adoration in your area, call the nearest Catholic Church and ask.
  • If it is not available in your area, you can still go to the Catholic Church and sit before the Tabernacle (look for the candle, usually red, near the gold box or cylinder that is ornate).  This is where the Blessed Sacrament is kept.  You can still pray before the Tabernacle in Adoration.  You can also ask the Church to start Adoration.
  • You can either pray, be silent, read a religious book or just speak with God in your thoughts silently.  Sometimes, just sitting with Jesus is the best.  He knows your heart.

If you are searching for peace in your life, look as close as your nearest Catholic Church.  You will find peace in Jesus in the Eucharist/Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle of any Catholic Church.  This is true peace.

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The Church is Never Empty-The Mystery

I’ve heard many people who have come into a Catholic Church say that they felt a presence in the Catholic Church the first time they entered.  Or they couldn’t put their finger on it but something was different than any other church they had been in.  What are they talking about????

The Real Presence of Jesus in His quiet, humble silence in the Tabernacle.  When we say that the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, we aren’t thinking symbolically.  He really is there.  This presence is what people are noticing when they enter even if they don’t understand or had never heard of the teaching about the Real Presence, they still feel the presence of Jesus.  This is rather remarkable when you think about it.

When I have spoken to converts, they tell me that after they came into a Catholic Church, they knew that something was different and that they also knew that their old church didn’t have that.  They felt that their old church was empty or lacking something but the Catholic Church was never empty because Jesus was always there waiting for them to come and visit Him. 

There is an old tradition that when you pass by a Catholic Church, you are supposed to make the Sign of the Cross to honor the Real Presence of Jesus in the Tabernacle and all of the Tabernacles of the world.  This is something I have done for some time and enjoy knowing that He is there no matter what Catholic Church I pass by.  I smile and make the Sign of the Cross and say “I love you Jesus present in the Tabernacle”.

I have been in a few different Protestant churches for weddings and funerals, etc. and found that I keep searching for the Tabernacle. There is none.  It’s a religious place but it feels like it’s an empty place.  When I return to the Catholic Church, He is still there waiting for me to return home to Him.  If I am feeling like I need to talk to Him or just be in His presence, I can go to the Church and kneel and pray in front of the Tabernacle and know that He is right there in front of me to comfort me and listen to me.  He’s not a million miles away.  He’s always present there.

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Why Can’t a Non-Catholic take Communion in the Catholic Church?

Our priest was approached by a woman who challenged him with this question.  “Why can’t a non-Catholic take communion in the Catholic Church?  And why can’t a Catholic take communion in a Lutheran or protestant church?”  The priest said, “Let me ask you this; what do you do with the leftovers of communion?”  She said, “Well, we put it (the wafers) back into the little zip baggie and put it back into the cupboard, or we take the homemade bread home and eat it with lunch.”  The priest said, “We as Catholics would gasp at that. We put what hosts are left from Communion in a Tabernacle because we believe it IS the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.”  She said to him, “But we believe that Jesus is with the bread too. Aren’t they the same?”  He said, “We don’t believe it’s a symbol or that Jesus is under the bread, we believe that the bread has turned into Jesus and is no longer bread anymore.”  He also said that if a non-Catholic is not in union with the beliefs of the Catholic Church, then they should not partake of the comm-union of the Catholic Church.  The same is true with a Catholic taking communion in a protestant church.  A Catholic doesn’t believe the same as a protestant and is not in union with that church so they should not partake in their communion.  In leaving, the woman said to him, I guess I never thought of it that way.

I spoke with another priest who told me that some protestants had visited his Cathedral and had a church service in their rooms while they stayed.  After they had left, the priests had found their “blessed bread” in the garbage.  You would never find that in the Catholic Church because we don’t throw away Jesus, we adore and honor Him. (see below photos)

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Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.  A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.   1 Corinthians 11:27-29

This would not be true if it was just a symbol or if Jesus was with the bread.  This is only true if the Eucharist/Holy Communion actually IS the Body of Jesus and not bread anymore.  A miracle occurs each time we are at Mass; the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  This is why we call the Eucharist, The Blessed Sacrament.

Catholics should not receive the Eucharist is they have mortal sin on their souls either.  They have to refrain from receiving until they go to Confession.  We are supposed to go with a clean soul.

So to tell someone who is non-Catholic that they can’t receive communion in the Catholic Church is not being snobbish, it’s to help them understand that Jesus truly is present in the Eucharist and you need to understand that and be in union with the Catholic Church to receive.  We certainly don’t want someone to drink and eat Judgment upon themselves.5409ba69d44ed13c9ebf8c5b565a41f7

 

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No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church

There is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church.  Does that mean that only Catholics are the ones going to heaven?  No.  It means that anyone who knows the truth of the Catholic Church and still rejects it, will not go to heaven.  Anyone who doesn’t know the truth of the Catholic Church and is ignorant of it’s teachings will be given mercy and judged on their current knowledge and desire to be with God.

If someone knows the truth of the Catholic Church and still rejects its teachings, rejects it with their mouth and actions, rejects the Eucharist, rejects the Virgin Mary, and rejects it’s sacraments, then they will not go to heaven.  Also, if they are rejecting the Eucharist, they are rejecting Jesus, Himself.

It states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC#846-848):

“846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?  Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body;

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church, which men enter through Baptism as through as door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

847  This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:

Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience–those too may achieve eternal salvation.

848  Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men.”

Does this mean that a person doesn’t have to search out the truth in the Catholic Church?  No.  This is not a get out of jail free card.  This means that we all have an obligation to God to search out the truth and find our way into the Catholic Church.  We always have to keep learning and we always have to accept the truth and not reject the Church or it’s teachings.  Also, we need the Eucharist, Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, to have eternal life in heaven.  We only find this in the Church so if we reject the Eucharist or it’s teaching, then we will not have eternal life unless we are ignorant of it’s teachings.

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