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Daily Catholic Question

Why does the priest break the Host at Mass and place a piece in the chalice?

While doing this the priest says, “May this mingling of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.” This action is all that remains of a custom from centuries ago when it was possible for the local bishop to send part of the consecrated Host from his Mass to nearby communities celebrating Mass.

The particle was a reminder of the Church’s unity with the local bishop. This gesture reminded everyone that all of them were celebrating the same Eucharist. Every Eucharistic Prayer has a section acknowledging that each Mass is celebrated in union with the pope, the local bishop, and the Church throughout the world.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013
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Augustine of Hippo: A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience. 
<p>There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother (August 27), the instructions of Ambrose (December 7) and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love. </p><p>Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically, socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism. </p><p>In his day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet. “I say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).</p> American Catholic Blog Silence is the ability to trust that God is acting, teaching, and using me—even before I perform or after my seeming failures. Silence is the necessary space around things that allows them to develop and flourish without my pushing. God takes it from there.

 
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