Archive for December, 2009

Holy Family 2009

December 31, 2009

Outside of this morning’s Gospel reading, we do not know much about the early life of Our Lord.  The Gospels tell us about His birth; Saint Luke records in his Gospel this incident, when Mary and Saint Joseph found the child in the temple, which happened when Jesus was twelve years old; the next thing that we know of Him is that He began His public ministry when He was about thirty years old.

The silence of the Gospel concerning Jesus’ hidden life tells us that Jesus lived a normal life with His family in Nazareth.  Tradition holds that He was a carpenter, like His foster-father Saint Joseph.  He worked diligently and skillfully with His hands.  By working with His hands He sanctified work.  When we work, we can unite our work to that of Jesus.  We can all imitate the example of the Holy Family by faithfully fulfilling our daily duties.  Whenever we begin a project or start a chore, we can prayerfully offer it to the Lord.  By doing our work willingly, for the love of God, we transform our work into a prayer.  If we form the habit of consecrating our work to God, we will pray always as Saint Paul tells us to.  Our work has to get done one way or another.  Complaining about it or performing the work begrudgingly doesn’t do anything but make us feel worse.  When we offer the work to God as a prayer, the work gets done and we grow closer to God.

We are all called to imitate the virtues practiced by the Holy Family; we are all called to be Saints.  We can easily be tempted to think that if we only lived in different circumstances, then we would be to be a Saint.  One doesn’t have to fly to a monastery in order to become holy.  One doesn’t have to do extraordinary things in order to attain the heights of sanctity; to grow in holiness, we only have to do all that we do out of love.  The Church gives us the Feast we celebrate today, the Feast of the Holy Family, in order to call our attention to that fact that family life is holy.  I am called to be holy in whatever station in life I am in.  I am called to love God regardless of any difficulties.  In fact, the more difficult our live is, the more we stand in need of God’s grace.

By doing each and every action out of love, we can grow in holiness.  Mothers, think of the tenderness and the love which the Blessed Mother had for her Son and for her spouse, Saint Joseph.  Meditate upon the love that she had in her heart as she carried out her daily duties.  Imitate that love.  Ask Our Lady to fill your heart with all the motherly love of her Immaculate Heart.

Fathers, meditate upon the strong and silent witness that Saint Joseph gives to us in Scripture; He faithfully fulfilled God’s will in all things.  He loved his family and provided for them.  He protected them and cherished them.  He was never harsh, but always the most loving of fathers.  Pray to Saint Joseph that you will love your family as he loved the Holy Family.  Pray to him in order to obtain the grace to be a good example for your families.

It is good for us to meditate upon the Christ-child, Whose birth we are still celebrating in this octave of Christmas.  As an infant, He was totally dependent upon Mary and Saint Joseph for everything.  In this morning’s Gospel we hear that “He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.”  The One through Whom and for Whom all things were made, subjected Himself to human parents.

The Holy Family is an important Feast day, especially in our own day and age when the family is under such fierce attack.  Our society wants to bring into question what it means to be a family.  From the beginning, God created man and woman to come together as one flesh.  Jesus Christ reaffirmed that family life is sacred: What God has joined no one must divide.

It is not surprising that the family is under attack.  The family is meant to be an image of God.  From all eternity, God existed as a Community of Persons.  When God made man in His image and likeness, He made man to live in community.  It was not good for the man to be alone, so God made him a helpmate: a wife.  Christ raised the union of husband and wife to the dignity of a Sacrament.  Saint Paul taught us that Christian marriage is an image of the love that Christ has for the Church.  Husbands are supposed to love their wives as Christ loves the Church: and Christ died for the Church.

The Devil hates God and he hates the Church.  The Devil hates human beings because we are made in God’s image and he hates marriage because it is a reflection of the love that Christ has for the Church.  The Devil will do all in his power to destroy souls and to destroy marriage.

The way to fight back, of course, is through prayer.  There is a saying that you have probably heard: the family that prays together, stays together.  This is not just a cute saying; it is very true.  Sin divides.  Conversely, the closer we are to God, the closer we will be to one another.

Let us entrust ourselves, and our families, to the care and protection of the Holy Family this Feast day.  May the love that was lived by the Holy Family in Nazareth inspire us to greater love within our own families.  May the Lord draw families closer together and closer to Himself.  Jesus, Mary and Joseph we love you save souls; save our families and all families.  Amen.

December 27th

December 25, 2009

Once we have all sung the Sanctus (or Holy, Holy, Holy) together, the congregation kneels and the priest begins the high point of the Mass: the Eucharistic Prayer.

There are several options for the Eucharistic prayer from which the priest may choose.  There are four principle ones and the General Instruction makes recommendations when each one is to be used.  The first Eucharistic Prayer is recommended for Sundays, the second for weekdays, the third for feasts and for Masses of the dead, and the fourth may be used on Sundays in Ordinary Time.  (cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal # 365)

There are many other Eucharistic prayers which may be used, but regardless of which Eucharistic Prayer is chosen, there are certain “chief elements” contained in every one of them.  (cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal # 79)

Towards the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest stretches out his hands over the gifts and invokes the Holy Spirit to descend upon the gifts that they may become for us the Body and Blood of Christ.

Next, there is the narrative of the institution, whereby the priest repeats the actions and words of Christ at the Last Supper.  This part of the Eucharistic Prayer is known as the consecration.  Once the priest pronounces the words of consecration over the bread and wine (“This is my body . . .”  “This is my blood . . .”) the elements of bread and wine are supernaturally and substantially changed.  After the consecration, the bread and wine are no more, only the appearances of bread and wine remain; the bread and wine have been miraculously transformed into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

After the consecration, the priest calls to our minds the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of Our Lord.  The Holy and Spotless Victim is offered to the Father and then there are a series of intercessions wherein the priest prays for the whole Church, as well as for all the living and deceased.

The Eucharistic Prayer concludes with the Final Doxology: the priest holds up the Body and Blood of the Lord and gives all glory and honor to God through Jesus Christ.  The Final Doxology concludes with the “Great Amen” which is usually sung by all the people present.

I will not write about all the Eucharistic Prayers, but over the next several articles I will try to show how all these elements come together in the First Eucharistic Prayer.

God bless,

Father White

Christmas (Mass during the day)

December 25, 2009

We were all made to know and to love God.  Love is the purpose of our lives.  Apart from God, life becomes a meaningless search for fulfillment.  Ever since sin entered the world, the purpose for which we were created has become more obscure.  Sin darkens the intellect and weakens the will; sin makes it more difficult to see the things of God.  Jesus Christ is the Light of the world; He is the Light that scatters the darkness.  On Christmas, we celebrate the fact that Our God became a man and dwelt among us.  He came to dwell among us as a man in order to reveal God to us: that is what we mean when we say that He is the Light of the world.  Jesus Christ sheds light upon Who God IS, who we are, and how we are to connect with God.

Jesus is God and He fully reveals God to us.  In the Old Testament, God spoke in partial and various ways through the Prophets, yet that message was veiled.  In the fullness of time, God sent His Son.  The Eternal Son of God became a man, like us in all things except sin, in order to fully reveal God to us.  Jesus teaches us Who God IS by His actions, by His teachings and ultimately by His death upon the Cross.  When you look at a Crucifix, you are looking at how much God loves you.  He loves you so much that He would allow His Son to die in order to save you.  Jesus Christ loves you so much that He willingly laid down His life for each one of you.

Jesus also reveals who we are.  God created us all and He made us in His own image and likeness.  And we know that God IS love.  Before the world began, from all eternity, God has existed as a community of Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We, who are made in His image and likeness, are also made to be in community with others.  We were made in the image of Love and we were made for love.  We know that after God created man He said that it was not good for the man to be alone.  We were made to know and love God; we were made to love others.  We become most fully what we were created to be when we love God with all our hearts and when we love others.  When we love, we are a clearer image of God.  Jesus summed up all the commandments with two commands: that we are to love God above all things and love others as ourselves.  These two most important commandments are really only trying to get us to live in the way that we created to live: in the image and likeness of love.

Jesus teaches us how to connect with God.  He taught many things and He gave proof of His authority to teach by the miracles He performed.  He taught that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for another: and He did just that.  He laid down His life to show you that He loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Jesus revealed that God is Our Father; God loves us and wants us to return that love.  Jesus taught us that we are to put God first in our lives.  The first of the Ten Commandments tells us that we are not to put anything before the Lord.  The Ten Commandments are not just arbitrary restrictions on my freedoms.  The Ten Commandments were given to get us to live according to the way that we were made.  If we loved God and neighbor the way that we were supposed to, we would not need Commandments forbidding us to do certain things.  If we had perfect love for God and for our neighbor, we would already be fulfilling the Law.  We need Commandments in order to help us to live in the way that we were created.

It is sometimes said that we were made with a God-sized hole in our hearts.  Nothing in this world will ever satisfy our hearts, because they were made for God and God is infinite: He is greater than everything in this world.  We can try to put all kinds of material things into this hole in our hearts, but they will never be satisfied.  Just look at any number of famous people in our own culture: actors and actresses, sports figures and others.  If God is not a part of their lives they usually get into a lot of trouble.  Why?  They have money and fame.  They seem to have everything that a person could want.  It doesn’t matter how much money you have, you will always want more.  We can be tempted to think that if only we had more, then we would be happy.  Then we get more and we want even more.  What our hearts were made for the Infinite.  Nothing finite, no created thing, can ever truly fulfill them.  Only one thing can give me lasting peace and true joy in this world: being connected to the Lord.

The Lord also knew that we have a weak and fallen nature which is inclined towards sin.  That is why He gave us extra help: Jesus gave us the Sacraments as visible channels of His grace.  The Sacraments enable us to participate in the very life and love of God.  Through Baptism, we become adopted sons and daughters of God; we become temples of the Holy Spirit and sharers in the divine life of God.  In the Eucharist, God feeds us with Himself; in the confessional, we are restored to that share in God’s life whenever we have lost it through sin.

Jesus Christ came into the world and was born in a manger over two thousand years ago, in order to show us the Way to the Father.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  He is the Light of the world: the Light that shines in the darkness.  Let us continue to open wide our hearts to the Lord during this Christmas season and allow His light to illumine our lives and His Spirit to inflame our hearts with love for God and love for others.  May God bless you and your families.  Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2009

December 25, 2009

I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Fourth Sunday of Advent (C)

December 23, 2009

Today we celebrate the fourth and final Sunday of Advent.  The Church gives us the season of Advent as an opportunity to prepare our hearts.  All year long, we should be preparing our hearts.  Our entire life is really a preparation for the next life.  This world is not our homeland.  This life is a time of testing; it is a time of preparation.  Our ultimate goal, of course, is Heaven.  We were made for union with God; we were made to be with God forever.

In order to attain to our goal, we have to remain faithful to the Lord.  Sin is a slippery slope; the more we sin, the more we want to sin.  Saint Thomas Aquinas said that attachment to sin is the first punishment for sin.  Once a sin is committed, it is easier to commit that sin again, and again, and again.  Eventually the sin becomes a habit, and habits can be very hard to break.

We know that sin never makes us happy.  Sin separates us from God, Whom we are to love above all things.  Sin also damages my relationships with others.  Nothing good comes from sinning, and yet once started down the path of sin, it can be very difficult to break free from sin.  Sin enslaves.  Our culture will tell you that laws and rules keep you from being free.  Just the opposite is true.  Only Truth can set you free, and Jesus Christ IS the Truth.

Only by having a real relationship with Jesus Christ can you ever find fulfillment in this life.  Only by following Jesus Christ, Who IS the Way, will you ever find your way home to Heaven.  Jesus, Himself, told us that the road to perdition [Hell] is wide and that many go there.  Why do many refuse to follow Jesus Christ?  It is much easier to buy into the lie that is temptation.  Sin offers immediate gratification.  The problem is, after we have sinned, we are miserable.  Remaining faithful to God can be difficult; especially in the midst of a culture which is hostile towards our Catholic Faith.  Everywhere we look in the media, we are bombarded with images and ideas that are contrary to our Faith.  It was not without reason that John Paul II called the culture in which we live the Culture of Death.  The culture not only promotes death, it leads to everlasting death.

We need to be vigilant and remain close to Christ every day of our lives.  We need to constantly be on our guard against temptation; and we need to go to confession as often and as soon as we fall into serious sin.  The Church, in her wisdom, knows that it is difficult to be on guard always.  That is why the Church gives us specific seasons in which she calls us to renew our efforts and recommit ourselves to working to root sin out of our lives.

During this Advent season, the Church calls us to focus on getting sin out of our lives and thus preparing our hearts for the celebration of the Birth of Our Savior at Christmas.  The greatest gift that God gave us is the gift of His Son.  The gift that we give in return is the gift of ourselves.  We are all called to give our whole heart to God; we were made to love God.  We are all called to be Saints.  Advent is a time set aside for us to examine our hearts and rid ourselves of whatever it is that comes in the way of our union with the Lord.  Let us use the remaining days of Advent to prepare our hearts for the Lord.

December 20th

December 19, 2009

As mentioned last week, the Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer comes to a close by inviting all of us to join our voices to those of the Angels and Saints in Heaven.  The song that we sing with the Angels and Saints is known as the Sanctus (Latin for “Holy”).  We take this hymn from a few places in Scripture.

The first words of the hymn come from visions that various people had of Heaven.  In one of Isaiah’s visions, he saw God sitting upon His throne surrounded by Angels whom he heard crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts!  All the earth is filled with His glory!”  (cf. Isaiah 6: 1-4)  Ezekiel and Saint John both describe similar visions.  (cf. Ezekiel 3: 12-13 and Revelation 1: 10-11)

These visions of God on His throne are describing Heaven: that is where God reigns.  “Day and night, without pause” the Angels sing praise to God.  We take the words of our song of praise from the song that they are heard singing in these visions.

The rest of the hymn: “Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the Highest” comes from a different source.  These are the words that the crowd addressed to the Lord as He triumphantly entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, shortly before His crucifixion.  (cf. Mt. 21:9; Mk 11:10; Lk 19:38)

We use these words used to address Our Lord as He entered Jerusalem, to address Our Lord Who is about to descend upon our altar during the consecration.

These words also call to our minds the fact that Our Lord came to earth in order to die for our sins.  He triumphantly entered Jerusalem fully aware of what awaited Him, fully aware of the Passion that He was to undergo.  The people of Jesus’ day sang this to Him shortly before He was put to death; we sing these same words, as His sacrifice is about to be re-presented (in an un-bloody manner) upon our altar.  More next week.

God bless,

Father White

Third Sunday of Advent (C)

December 15, 2009

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I shall say it again: rejoice!”

These are the words of Saint Paul which we heard in our Second Reading this evening.  Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is a letter that is full of love, full of peace and full of joy.  The interesting thing to note about the tone of this Letter is that Saint Paul was writing it from prison.  He had been beaten multiple times, he had been in a shipwreck, he had been almost killed several times and then he was put in prison because of his faith and he still told others to rejoice in the Lord always.  Saint Paul was so united to Christ that nothing could disturb his confidence or his trust in God.  He had placed all his hope in the Lord.

As Christians, we can be full of consolation and hope even in the midst of struggles and sufferings.  We know that the sufferings and struggles of this life will not last forever.  We know that although we are currently walking through a valley of tears which will eventually pass away, we have a Heavenly homeland which will last forever.  We know that happiness in this world is fleeting; we also know that we were made for something greater than this world.  We were made for union with God; we were made to be happy with God forever in Heaven.  As long as we are in this world we have to continually strive for next: keeping our eyes on the goal.

After instructing us to rejoice, Saint Paul further tells us that we are to have no anxiety at all.  Saint Paul was sitting in a first century prison (not likely a very pleasant place), waiting for word from the emperor to find out if he would be set free or killed for his faith.  Yet he wites: “Have no anxiety at all”.  “The Lord is near”, Saint Paul says.  His awareness of the nearness of God was the source of his strength.  We, too, are to cast all our cares on the Lord.  This is not to say that we are to be idle or indifferent.  It is human nature to have worries and anxieties, but as often as they come up, we should turn them over to the Lord.  We should bring all our cares and concerns to the Lord.  Our Heavenly Father wants us to bring all that is on our hearts to Him.  It should bring us great consolation that we have a God Who loves us so much.  If we turn to Him with all our needs, Saint Paul tells us that God Himself will guard our hearts and our minds.  It was because of Saint Paul’s great trust in God that he was able to be without anxiety and even joyful even as he was in prison and was faced with the uncertainty of a possible death sentence.

Our First Reading also focused on joy.  The Prophet Zephaniah told the People of God to: “Shout for joy . . . sing joyfully . . . be glad and exalt with all your heart.”  Why were the people to rejoice?  The Israelites were to rejoice because the Lord was in their midst.  We have even more reason to rejoice: not only do we have the Lord in our midst in the Holy Eucharist; we are able to be united with Him in Holy Communion every time we come to Mass.

The third Sunday of Advent focuses us on the joy that we are to have as Christians.  We are to be joyful at the nearness of Our God.  The readings are about rejoicing; the color of the priest’s vestment changes from purple (a color of penance) to rose which is a color of subdued joy.  We are now halfway through the Advent Season: Christmas is quickly approaching.  We know that our time of waiting and preparing is almost over and so we rejoice.

Our joy comes from our union with the Lord.  We were made for God.  The more we love God, the more we follow His commandments the happier we will be.  If you want to be happy, draw closer to the Lord.  Sin separates us from God.  Temptation tells us that sinning will make me happy.  Temptation is always a lie, of course.  There can be no real happiness apart from God.  If we stay united to Our Lord, we can experience peace, hope, and joy, even in the midst of difficulties.  Love, joy and peace are fruits of the Holy Spirit.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit are a result of the Holy Spirit dwelling within our hearts.

Let us continue to make use of this Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Savior and Our King.  Let us all work to root sin out of our lives, that we may more fully experience the joy that comes from faithfully following Jesus Christ.  Amen.

December 13th

December 13, 2009

The Preface is a prayer that introduces the Eucharistic prayer.  The body of the Preface changes from Mass to Mass based on the season or the Feast being celebrated.  Regardless of the season or Feast, however, the dialogue between the priest and the people that introduces the Preface always remains the same.

At the very beginning of the Preface dialogue, the priest prays that the Lord will be with the people (as he does at various other places in the Mass); the people respond by praying that the Lord will be with the priest as well.  We are praying that God will help us all to be attentive to the great mysteries that are about to take place upon our altar.  We are also praying that each and every one of us may be open to receiving all of the graces that God wants to pour out upon us.

The priest then invites all of us to lift up our hearts.  The heart is often used as a symbol of the whole person; the heart can also be a sign of love.  By this invitation, the priest is motivating us to engage in this part of the Mass with all our being and to stir up within ourselves the love that we are all called to have for our God, Who is about to descend upon our altar and into our hearts at Holy Communion.

The final part of the dialogue reminds us that God deserves our thanks and our praise.  We are dependent upon God for our next breath; all that we have that is good comes from Him.  It is only right that we thank Him and praise Him for His goodness and for all the good things that He has done for us.

The body of the Preface, as mentioned, changes from season to season but it always tries to call to our minds some aspect of what God has done for us.  At the end of the Preface we are all reminded that we are not alone in our celebration of the Mass: we are united with all the Angels in Heaven as we sing praise to God. The Angels always sing God’s praises.  Singing to God is one thing that we do here on earth that we will also do in Heaven.  The conclusion of the Preface exhorts us to join our voices with the Angels and sing “their unending song of praise.”

God bless,

Father White

Second Sunday of Advent (C)

December 13, 2009

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. . . ”

These type of historical facts which the Gospels relate can seem rather boring to us at times, but they in fact show us that Our Lord and Savior came to us in a real historical context.  The fact that Our God became a man and dwelt among us is not a fairy tale set in a land far, far away in a time long ago.  Jesus Christ, Who is both fully God and fully man, dwelt among us in a very particular place at a very specific point in history: during the reign of a particular emperor, while a particular person was the high priest in Jerusalem.

The ruler of the entire empire is mentioned first, in this historical setting given to us by Saint Luke, and then the rulers of the Jews in Judea and in Galilee are mentioned, as well as others, and finally the high priests in Jerusalem are named.  The reason that the ruler of the entire empire was named was to show that the message of Jesus Christ was not just for the Jewish people; the message of Jesus Christ was to go out to all the earth.  Both rulers and high priests are mentioned because Jesus Christ is King of kings and He is also the High Priest.  Jesus offered Himself upon the Cross: He was both Priest and Victim.  His Sacrifice is the definitive Sacrifice that won redemption for the entire human race.  No new sacrifices are required; the Sacrifice of the Mass is not a new Sacrifice at each Mass, it is the one Sacrifice that Jesus Christ offered on Calvary.  The Sacrifice that Jesus Christ made of Himself upon the Cross is re-presented, in an un-bloody manner, of course, but the Sacrifice of Calvary is truly made present and is really offered to the Father upon our altar at every Mass.

After setting the historical context, the Gospel goes on to introduce Saint John the Baptist.  The Gospel implies that He is a Prophet when it says that the word of God came to him.  This is the same wording that many of the Old Testament Prophets used when describing their own call to announce the message they received from God.  Saint John the Baptist is not just another Prophet: he is the final Prophet.  All the Prophets of the Old Testament foretold the coming of the Savior.  Saint John didn’t just predict the coming of the Savior, He pointed to Him and announced His arrival.

The message of Saint John the Baptist is that we are to prepare the way of the Lord; that is why the Church gives us this Gospel during Advent.  Advent is a time for us to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord.  How do we make straight the paths?  By our faithfulness, keeping our eyes fixed on the Lord and not wandering or wavering between seeking God and seeking other things.  If we seek God first, Jesus assures us, all other things will be given to us as well.

Saint John also tells us that we need to bring mountains low and fill in the valleys.  The mountains represent our pride which must be brought low, for pride is an obstacle to closer union with God.  Valleys are the times when we fall, through sin and they need to be filled in with virtue.  It is by rooting sin out of our lives that we prepare our hearts to be a fit dwelling place for our God.

Saint Theresa of Avila taught that our soul is like a castle where God reigns.  Sin, she said, is like dust or dirt.  We need to clean the sin out, so that our Lord will have a more pleasing dwelling place within us.  When we root sin out of our lives, we clean the castle of our souls; when we practice virtue, we polish it and make it really shine.

Many of us will have visitors to our homes during this Christmas Season.  When we know we have family or friends coming over what do we do?  We spend extra time cleaning the house so that it looks nice when they arrive.  We want everything to look just perfect.  Do we spend the same amount of effort in preparing our souls for Our Lord?

Let us use this Advent season to make our rough ways smooth, that we may have hearts that are prepared to see the salvation of our God, which we will celebrate at Christmas.  May God bless you!

December 6th

December 6, 2009

Once the altar has been prepared, the priest invites us all to pray that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God.  We all respond by praying that God will accept the sacrifice “at the hands” of the priest.

At his ordination, the priest’s hands were anointed with sacred chrism.  By the anointing of the priest’s hands they were consecrated for the very purpose of offering sacrifice to God.

By virtue of their baptism, all Christians share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  Each one of us is called to offer ourselves as a sacrifice to the Father, returning to Him all that He has given to us.  It is because we share in Christ’s priesthood that we can offer ourselves to God.

The ordained priest did not begin to be a priest on the day of his ordination: he shared in Christ’s priestly office from the time he was baptized.  At ordination, he was consecrated and conformed to Christ in a special way.  Sacred ordination imprints a mark on the soul of the priest that can never be erased, hence the line of Psalm 110 can be applied to him: “You are a priest forever.”

The ministerial priesthood differs from the common priesthood of all baptized in kind not in degree. (cf. Lumen Gentium # 10) It is not that the ordained priest shares in Christ’s priesthood more than others; he shares in Christ’s priesthood in a different way.

By virtue of his ordination, the priest is conformed to Christ and transformed in such a way that he completely gives himself over to Christ so that Christ can act through him.  It is Christ Who acts through the priest when the priest offers Sacraments; so much so that during confession the priest does not say: “Jesus absolves you” when he gives absolution, he says: “I absolve you.”  At the consecration at Mass, the priest does not say: “This is Jesus’ body”, he says: “This is my body.”  It is Jesus Who is absolving and Jesus Who is changing the bread and wine into His own body and blood, and he does so through the priest.

God bless,

Father White