Pope Francis - for the first time in history of the Church - led today a worldwide hour of Eucharistic adoration. The two intentions he asked Catholics to pray for were to pray for the adoration of the Eucharist as a sign of unity and for those who suffer slavery.
What does the Church teach us about the Eucharist? The Catechism offers some insight into this central part of our faith:
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch. "
"The Eucharist is an efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God in which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit."
May we celebrate worthily and with great reverence this gift Christ has given us!