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Lord, You engender the Body of the Holy Church in a way which You alone know and understand….. By means of Your Blood, You make a well-organized, well-formed Body of which You are the Head.  The angels delight in its beauty, the archangels admire it, the seraphim are enraptured by it, all the angelic spirits marvel at it, and all the souls of the blessed in heaven rejoice in it.  The Blessed Trinity takes delight in it in a manner beyond our comprehension.

St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi

Quoted from Divine Intimacy, First Week After The Ephiphany, 44.

Pope Pius XII delivered Mystici Corporis Christ in June 1943 during World War II when people all over the world were questioning their faith in light of the sufferings and persecutions many were enduring. This encyclical reminds us that we are all members of one body in union with the divine Redeemer. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26) This is as relevant now as it was in 1943.

It could not be clearer – we are all members of one body – the Church – of which Christ is the head. “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:12,27) I read those words and I find myself standing taller, praying longer and working harder. Just as the hand depends on the eyes and the legs depend on the knees, you and I depend on each other. I don’t want to let you down, my fellow member. Like you, I take my lead from the head of our body – Christ. And I have been graced with gifts just as you have. I have skills just as you do. And I have weaknesses just as you do. And I depend entirely on Christ to show me how to work with you to “make us grow toward him, our head.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 794)

We are in it together! But by being members of the same body, we don’t need to give up our own individual personalities, our differences. Our diversity is what makes our body – the Church – so strong. Through Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit and grace, we have been given different gifts for the welfare of the Church. If Christ is the head of that body, the Holy Spirit is her soul.

Take joy in knowing that you are a member of this transcendental Body!

Father Neil

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