FRANCISCAN FRIARS of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Mary’s Army in Blue
The Admonitions of St. Francis
THE BODY OF CHRIST
1. The Lord Jesus says to his disciples: I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. 2. If you had known me, you would also have known my Father; and from now on you will know him and have seen him. 3. Philip says to him: Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us. Jesus says to him: 4. Have I been with you for so long a time and you have not known me? Philip, whoever sees me, sees also my Father (Jn14:6-9). 5. The Father lives in inaccessible light (cf. 1 Tim 6:16), and God is Spirit (Jn 4:24) and, No one has ever seen God (Jn 1:18). 6. Therefore He cannot be seen except in the Spirit since it is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh does not offer anything (Jn 6:64). 7. But neither, inasmuch as He is equal to the Father, is the Son seen by anyone other than the Father [or] other than the Holy Spirit.
8. Therefore all those who saw the Lord Jesus according to [His] humanity and did not see and believe according to the Spirit and the Godhead that He is the Son of God were condemned. 9. And now in the same way, all those who see the sacrament (of the Body of Christ), which is sanctified by the words of the Lord upon the altar at the hands off the priest in the form of bread and wine, and who do not see and believe according to the Spirit and the Godhead that it is truly the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, are condemned. 10. [This] is attested by the Most High Himself Who says: This is my Body and the Blood of my new testament [which will be poured out for many] (cf. Mk 14:22, 24) 11 and He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (cf. Jn 6: 55). Therefore it is the Spirit of the Lord, Who lives in His faithful, Who receives the most holy Body and Blood of the Lord. 13. All others who do not share in this same Spirit and who presumes to receive Him eat and drink judgement to themselves. (cf. 1 Cor 11:29).
14. Therefore, O sons of men, how long will you be hard of heart? (Ps 4:3) 15. Why do you not recognize the truth and believe in the Son of God? (cf. Jn 9:35) 16. See, daily He humbles Himself (cf. Phil 2:8) as when He came from the Royal throne (Wis 18:15) into the womb of the Virgin; 17. Daily He comes to us in a humble form; 18. Daily He comes down from the bosom of the Father (cf Jn 1:18) upon the altar in the hands of the priest. 19. And as He appeared to the holy apostles in true flesh, so now He reveals Himself to us in the Sacred Bread. 20. And as they saw only His flesh by means of their bodily sight, yet believed Him to be God as they contemplated Him with eyes of faith, 21. So, as we see bread and wine with [our] bodily eyes, we too are to see and firmly believe them to be His most holy Body and Blood living and true. 22. And in this way the Lord is always with His faithful, as He Himself says Behold I am with you even to the end of the world (cf. Mt 28:20).
II. THE EVIL OF SELF-WILL
The Lord said to Adam: Eat of every tree; do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (cf. Gn. 2:16-17). 2. He was able to eat of every tree of paradise since he did not sin as long as he did not go against obedience.
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