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‘Concomitance,’ as St. Thomas Aquinas explains it, means that ‘nothing is lost by the body being received by the people without the blood.’

By Father John Cush, EWTN News, September 16, 2020

This article originally appeared Sept. 16, 2020, at the Register.


This summer, I got to celebrate Holy Mass in the Brooklyn parish where I stay when I’m home from my assignment as the academic dean of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. It is always a joy to offer Mass for a parish community. For me, it is a homecoming.

This parish is a multi-ethnic one in my diocese with a pastor born in Pakistan, an Urdu Mass, growing Haitian and Hispanic communities, and many other people, most of them longtime residents of this area of Brooklyn. It has in many ways become a welcoming oasis for me, a true family, and a place of rest and prayer. Named after the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I feel her motherly protection and presence — never more so than this summer when I offered my own mother’s funeral Mass in this parish. …