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By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Catholic Exchange, December 11, 2020

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a daily reflection in Advent with Our Lady of Fatimawhich is available from Sophia Institute Press.

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a Catholic wife, mother of five, grandmother, speaker, catechist, and EWTN TV host of “Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms,” “Catholic Mom’s Café,” and “Feeding Your Family’s Soul.”  …

Moving closer to the end of the second week of Advent, we focus on the Eucharist. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. . . . He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. As I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me” (John 6:48, 56–57).

The Eucharist is central to our lives as Catholics and a vital part of Our Lady of Fatima’s message. The shepherd children were instructed in the Eucharist. Let’s look at what our Church teaches:

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’”  …

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