In order to understand the Holy Latin Mass and the other powerful Catholic Sacraments, we need to understand the ‘Mystery’ or ‘Mysterio’ of God’s action done through Jesus Christ’s UNIQUE passion, death and resurrection ONCE AND FOREVER. God exists outside of TIME. His divine actions that took place 2000 years ago, continue to be re-made present every time a Holy Sacrament is offered in His Catholic Church.
Jesus continues His preaching, healing, exorcisms and pardoning of sins through His Mystical Body, the Holy Catholic Church. He continues to dispense His salvific graces in Persona Christi through His representatives, His bishops and priests.
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When the priest says; Hoc Est Enim Corpus Meum, Hic Est Enim Calix Sanquinis Mei, Jesus is re-made present in the priest. That is why the Consecration formula says; ‘This Is My Body’, ‘This is My Blood’. The priest does not say ‘This is the Body of Jesus’ or ‘This is the Blood of Jesus’.
In the Holy Sacrament of Confession, the priest again says; Deinde Ego Te Obsolvo A Peccatis Tuis’, ‘I Absolve you of your sins’. Again, in this Holy Sacrament, the priest, in the Persona Christi, absolves the sins. He does not say, ‘Jesus absolves you of your sins.’
‘If under the appearance of bread and wine there can be the Body and Blood of Christ, St. Thomas, the most honest and logical of all thinkers, will say that under baptismal water there also can be power of the Holy Ghost, so that Baptismal water, or any other sacramental sign, is not only an infallible token of God’s activity in the souls of men, but that it is more: the chrism, and words of absolution, they all contain a participated power from Christ.” ‘Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist’, Vonier p. 69.
The Sacraments are called ‘Mysteries’ because God works through the created things we can see, smell, feel and hear. But He is also working in a much more mysterious way when He dispenses His supernatural graces that the Sacraments confect. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have God’s powerful life force, salvation and graces working through the Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.