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Francis and the Eucharist
By
Diane M. Houdek
Source: Bringing Home the Word
Published: Sunday, August 18, 2013

St. Francis was absolutely devoted to the Eucharist. It’s one of the reasons he was so concerned about rebuilding and cleaning local churches, making them suitable homes for the Eucharist.

Thomas of Celano tells us that concerned citizens brought St. Francis to their parish priest who was living in sin; they wanted the saint to reprimand him and condemn his sinful way of life. Instead, St. Francis knelt, took the priest’s hands and said, “I know not whether this priest is sinful. I only know that these hands, and these hands alone, make present upon the altar my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Francis’s respect for the clergy was based on the priest’s power to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, “in whom all things in heaven and on earth are made peaceful and are reconciled to God the Almighty.”

St. Francis is popular with many people for many reasons. He might be the best known and most loved saint among Catholics and non- Catholics alike. He cannot be separated from his belief in and devotion to the sacraments and doctrines of the Church.


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