Archbishop Cordileone: The path to the Eucharist is the sacrament of penance

In Palm Sunday homily, San Francisco archbishop says the way to stay faithful to the Church is through reverence for the Eucharist

Churchgoers take palms as they enter the church on Palm Sunday (image from Catholic San Francisco)

Archbishop Cordileone celebrated Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion at St. Mary’s Cathedral April 14, imploring worshippers in his homily at the beginning of Holy Week to remain faithful to the church through the centrality of the Eucharist.
 
The path to the Eucharist is the sacrament of penance, the archbishop said. Most Christians can relate to the apostles’ abandonment of the condemned Jesus out of fear. At the same time, all Christians can emulate the apostles in their courageous return and ultimate martyrdom, he said. Return through confession and receive the Eucharist worthily and reverently, the archbishop said, and don’t be like the crowd who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem only to turn on him.
 
The archbishop noted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s recent essay on the clergy abuse crisis and the state of the church. The retired pope “cautions us away from human-engineered solutions and back to the real solutions” in the centrality of the Eucharist.

Full story at Catholic San Francisco.

Comments

  1. Thank you, Archbishop. The Eucharist serves as a sacrament of healing once the cancer of sin has been cleansed through Penance. Otherwise a premature sacrilegious reception of the Eucharist while in mortal sin brings spiritual death rather than the life it can give to a soul which has been cleansed and is ready to receive grace. Sacrilegious reception, that is Eucharist without Penance, would be like putting a skin graft over a life threatening infection, trying to cover over and expecting a healing when the venom is still eating at the wound which needs to be exposed and excised before the overlay of the healing medicine.

  2. Abp Cordeleone needs to send a copy of his sermon to Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsome.

  3. I don’t really know anything about the San Francisco diocese, but I hope his priests offer Confessions more that the usual 20-30 minutes before the Saturday night Mass.

  4. Sadly, the Ordinary Form (OF), lacking many (most?) of the rubrics of the Extraordinary Form (EF), inherently fails to clearly show Who is made present on the altar (er, table). IMO, making the EF the “ordinary form” would go a long way toward restoring respect for Our Lord, God Himself, Who is present – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity — in the Eucharist.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says

      Oh No!!! Mr Bill!!!

      No that’s not correct. The OF makes perfectly clear who is present on the altar. When the priest hovers his hands over the gifts and invokes the Holy Spirit to descend like the dewfall, so that they may become the Body and Blood of Christ, who do you think they are talking about? Who do you say that the son of man is?

COMMENTS POLICY: Comments are limited to 750 characters and will be truncated at 750. Comments should not contain offensive or libelous language. Please strive to be civil. All comments are subject to approval by our moderator and to editing as the moderator deems appropriate. Inclusion of your email address is optional.

Speak Your Mind

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

COMMENTS POLICY: Comments are limited to 750 characters and will be truncated at 750. Comments should not contain offensive or libelous language. Please strive to be civil. All comments are subject to approval by our moderator and to editing as the moderator deems appropriate. Inclusion of your email address is optional.