Reality of Eucharist

"Dear brothers and sisters, there must always be consistency between what we believe and what we do. We cannot live on the glories of our past Christian history. Our union with Christ in the Eucharist must be expressed in the truth of our lives today--in our action, in our lifestyle, and in our relationship with others...The truth of our union with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is tested by whether or not we really love our fellow men and women; it is tested by how we treat others, especially our families; husbands and wives, children and parents, brothers and sisters. It is tested by whether or not we forgive those who hurt us or offend us. It is tested by whether we practice in life what our faith teaches us. we must always remember what Jesus said: 'You are my friends if you do what I command you.'"

-from Things of the Spirit by Pope John Paul II

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