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1396. The unity of the Mystical Body: the Eucharist makes the Church. Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ. Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one body – the Church. Communion renews, strengthens, and deepens this incorporation into the Church, already achieved by Baptism. In Baptism we have been called to form but one body.230The Eucharist fulfills this call: “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? the bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread:”231

If you are the body and members of Christ, then it is your sacrament that is placed on the table of the Lord; it is your sacrament that you receive. To that which you are you respond “Amen” (“yes, it is true!”) and by responding to it you assent to it. For you hear the words, “the Body of Christ” and respond “Amen.” Be then a member of the Body of Christ that your Amen may be true.232


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

310. What are the effects of this sacrament?

282. How is Christ present in the Eucharist?

146. How do Christ and his Spirit act in the hearts of the faithful?

91. How did the two wills of the incarnate Word cooperate?

447. How does one respect the holiness of the Name of God?

213. How can one reconcile the existence of hell with the infinite goodness of God?

307. Who is the minister of this sacrament?


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