Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Gift of Communion: Part II (Theology of the Body article)

The Gift of Communion, Part II

By Fr. James Farfaglia

As discussed last time, the gift of communion in Marriage is only possible when man and woman make a sincere gift of themselves. Communion of persons in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony of course is only possible if both husband and wife live the theological virtue of charity with Christian authenticity and maturity. The spouses live out in the ordinary circumstances of their lives the daily program of Christian love so beautifully delineated by St. Paul.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)
This program of love is certainly not easy to live out within our daily existence. However, it is possible to live this life of love if we have a mature spiritual life. Most of all, we need to center our lives on the Sacrament of Love; i.e., the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is called Holy Communion. Jesus himself, through the Eucharist, grants to us the most powerful experience of intimacy possible within our earthly existence. As Pope Benedict explains: “And that is what is really happening in Communion, that we allow ourselves to be drawn into him, into his inner communion, and are thus led finally into a state of inner resemblance...” (Continued here at Catholic Exchange)

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