The Eucharist

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The Eucharist (Otherwise known as the Holy Communion or the Blessed Sacrament) is a Catholic sacrament considered to be the apex of Christianity. While some Catholics and different branches of the English Church believe that this bread and wine are transformed into the literal blood and body of Christ, others believe that it is a simple expression of faith. It is considered to be the very essence of love that binds us to the savior; and it is this teaching of love that inspires the Catholic view on social justice. Social justice spreads love to all humankind, via fighting for equality and respect for all man. The Eucharist is the symbolism of this love, and it is the concept that inspires the catholic doctrine of the social mission.…show more content…
(Engerberton, 2003, p. 156) In order to understand the power of the Eucharist in Social Justice, basic points of the Catholic doctrine on this subject must also be understood. ‘If Christian precepts prevail, the respective classes will not only be united in bonds of friendship, but also those of brotherly love.’ (Leo XIII, Rerum Morarun, 25) According to Leo XIII and his letter ‘Rerum Morarun’, social justice should be working towards uniting the classes, in not only friendship and equality, but also in ‘brotherly love.’ This love and equality is mentioned again in Catholic social justice doctrine, by Pope Benedict in his encyclical letter ‘Caritas in Virtitate’. He states that ‘charity is at the heart of the Church’s social doctrine’ (Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2). In speaking of charity, denoted by love for fellow man, the Pope is creating (or restating) the hypostasis of social justice. Pope John XIII authored an encyclical letter, Pacen in Terris, speaking of this love for fellow man, as stated in the following quote- ‘Human society, as we picture it, demands that men are guided by justice […] It demands, too, that they be animated by such love […]’ (John XIII, Pacen in Terris, 35) He talks of being guided by Christ’s justice, but also of being ‘animated by love’. This is referring to the love received when partaking in the Eucharist. As the love of the

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