I will be off tumblr and social media for Lent this year to devote more time to prayer, work, and those God has put in my life. I love you all and will see you at Easter! God bless you.
@ProLifePolitics: “Chillingly, @CecileRichards admits that her own children were not alive to her prior to their births” http://t.co/fRlNSGXtPF #prolife
Anyone giving up social media for lent?
Peter Seewald: In the eleventh chapter, the conciliar document Lumen Gentium describes Sunday participation in the Eucharistic sacrifice as the “source and summit of the entire Christian life”. Christ says: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” As Pope, you have begun to administer communion on the tongue, while the communicants receive the sacrament on their knees. Do you regard this as the appropriate posture?
Pope Benedict XVI: The first point that needs to be made is that time has a structure that is common for all believers. The Old Testament prescribes this structure already in light of the creation account, presenting the Sabbath as the day when God rests and men rest with him. For Christians, time gets this structure from Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, when he encounters us and we encounter him. Once again, the most important act here is, as it were, the moment when he unites himself to us through his self-gift.
I am not opposed in principle to communion in the hand; I have both administered and received communion in this way myself. The idea behind my current practice of having people kneel to receive communion on the tongue was to send a signal and to underscore the real presence with an exclamation point. One very important reason is that there is a great danger of superficiality precisely in the kinds of mass events we hold at Saint Peter’s, both in the Basilica and in the Square. I have heard of people who, after receiving communion, stick the Host in their wallet to take home as a kind of souvenir. In this context, where people think that everyone is just automatically supposed to receive communion – everyone else is going up, so I will, too – I wanted to send a clear signal. I wanted it to be clear: Something quite special is going on here! He is here, the One before whom we fall on our knees! Pay attention! This is not just some social ritual in which we can take part if we want to.