Author: Bishop Athanasius Schneider

The sacredness of the Eucharist in the teachings of the Fathers of the Church

Ever since apostolic times the Church has shown deep concern to offer a type of worship which would meet the exigency of God’s utter holiness. Therefore, she always prayed to God the Father, particularly in the Latin tradition, through Christ in the Holy Spirit. Our Lord Jesus Christ instructed us to adore God “in Spiritu et Veritate.” (Jn 4:23) In fact, it is only in the Holy Spirit can one truly adore Christ – that is, recognise His Divinity, according to the words of Saint Paul: “Nemo potest dicere, Dominus Iesus, nisi in Spiritu Sancto.” (1 Cor 12:3) In...

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The priest as instrument of holiness and truth

There is a story in the life of the Holy Curé of Ars that goes like this: St Jean Marie Vianney, was on his the way to Ars, his first assignment, when he came to a fork in the road. Not knowing how to continue, it so happened that a boy from Ars came along. The young priest asked the local if he could point the way to Ars. After the boy had obliged, the priest replied, “You have shown me the way to Ars; now I will show you the way to heaven!” Print Friendly Format Download and...

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From the beginning it was not so (Mt 19:9)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Word and the eternal Truth in person, restored the original dignity of the human nature in a most wonderful manner — “Qui dignitatem humanae substantiae mirabilius reformasti.” This is especially so regarding the sexuality of the human being, which was wondrously created in the beginning — “mirabiliter condidisti.” Through the Fall, the dignity of human sexuality was wounded. Because of the hard heartedness of fallen man, Moses introduced divorce, which was contrary to the absolute indissolubility which God had commanded. Although the Pharisees and Scribes had known the Divine Truth about the beginning of the marriage, they...

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