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Jackie wrote:

Hi, guys —

Today at Mass, a Dominican sister was asked to preach. What was even more confusing was what she said. Her main theme was:

We are Eucharist to each other.

Please tell me if this is ever correct, in any context.

Jackie

  { Can a Dominican sister preach and was her theme — We are Eucharist to each other — correct? }

John replied:

Hi, Jackie —

Thanks for question.

The only people who can give a homily are clerics, a:

  • bishop
  • priest or
  • deacon.
    Period, End of Story!

I believe it's sometimes permissible to for some one, other than the aforementioned, to give a short talk apart from the homily. For example, a lay or religious missionary might come to your parish and make an appeal for funds. In that process, they might share about what God is doing in his or her mission field. That also does not mean that religious can't give a talk in another context, outside the context of the Mass.

As for this nun's content, I did not hear the full text, but it is an unorthodox language to be using. We are the "People of God" and we are the "Body of Christ", but we are not the "Real Presence" of Our Lord. We are not the "Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, sacramentally present" here on earth to be worshipped.

The only way that we could possibly use the word Eucharist to describe ourselves is if we go back and look at the etymology of the word. The word, in Greek, means "to give thanks", or "thanksgiving". If the nun meant we ought to be living, breathing, walking, and talking about giving thanksgiving offerings to God, in the way we relate to one another, then the word is OK to use. However, I don't know that we can give this nun that much credit, nor do I think the average congregation has had any training in classical Greek. Even giving her the benefit of the doubt, her use of the word is very ill advised.

Sad to say, there are many who wish to overemphasize the horizontal relationship amongst Christians at the expense of the Mysteries of our Faith. In short, it's a bunch of modernist wacko bull otherwise known as garbage!

Besides, today is the feast of Corpus Christi. It was a feast that Our Lord requested in a private revelation. In this revelation, He warned that there would come a day that faith in the Blessed Sacrament would wane. This kind of disobedience to Holy mother Church and psycho-babble from the pulpit is evidence that the day has come.

I would approach your pastor, in charity, with regards to why he let a non-ordained person preach. If that gets you nowhere, I'd drop a line to your local bishop.

God Bless,

John DiMascio

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