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Monday, December 5, 2016
Westminster: Cardinal Cormac issues Pastoral Letter for Corpus Christi
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¬†In a Pastoral Letter for the Diocese of Westminster to mark the Feast of Corpus Christi yesterday, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, urged Catholics to grow in their understanding, their faith and their love of the Holy Eucharist. "The feast of Corpus Christi," said Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, "helps people to understand the words of Pope Benedict in his recent Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, where he says: "the Holy Eucharist is a mystery that needs to be firmly believed, devoutly celebrated and intensely lived in the Church." The celebration and worship of the Eucharist enables us to draw near to God's love and to persevere in that love until we are united with the Lord whom we love. " In the Pastoral Letter, he also drew attention to the importance of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. "Eucharistic Adoration is simply the natural consequence of the celebration which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration. The act of Adoration outside the Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself. Pope Benedict again reminds us that adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is to be commended and that children, even in their preparation for first Holy Communion, should be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus." Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor emphasised the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. " All of us need to cultivate a sense of awe before the Lord's presence in the Eucharist, and to receive Him worthily and with a clear conscience. Regular celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation ≠ Confession ≠ should be a natural part of our desire to receive the Holy Eucharist." A recording of the Pastoral Letter was heard during Mass in the 216 Parishes in the Diocese of Westminster over the weekend. The Pastoral Letter can be read or heard as an Audio download from the Diocese of Westminster's website at www.rcdow.org.uk Source: Archbishop's House
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