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1. Matthew 26, 26-29; Mk 14, 22-25
2. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1324)
3. Catechism (CCC 1376) Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread it has always been the conviction of the Church that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of his blood… In the Eucharist, our Lord is present “truly, really, substantially,” CCC 1374 … We call the sacramental presence of Christ in the Eucharist the “Real Presence” and refer to the change of the bread and wine into his body and blood as ‘transubstantiation’ to explain the miracle of the altar.
4. St. John Mary Vianney (1786-1859) was canonized a saint in 1925. He lived at the time of the French Revolution that wreaked havoc on the Church as well as the nation. Priests were forbidden to teach or preach. Many were growing up without education in the faith. Devastation, spiritually and materially and politically was everywhere. Vianney was sent to a small village in rural France called Ars where he met up with at best the indifference of the people. Eager to draw the villages back to God and Christian living, he sat in the confessional absolving the sins of many locally and beyond who came to the village as his reputation grew. He prayed and fasted for his people. It is reported that he spent an average of ten hours a day in the confessional during the winter and almost fifteen hours every day during the summer. Father Vianney led an austere life, was tremendously generous with people, and slept little. People were calling him a saint long before he died.
5. John 6