My name is Anke de Bernardinis and, like many people in our community, I’m married to an Italian, who is a Roman Catholic Christian. We’ve lived happily together for many years, sharing joys and sorrows. And so we greatly regret being divided in faith and not being able to participate in the Lord’s Supper together. What can we do to achieve, finally, communion on this point?
Pope Francis answered the woman: “To share the Lord’s banquet: is it the goal of the path or is it the viaticum [provisions] for walking together? I leave that question to the theologians and those who understand.
“The question: and the [Lord’s] Supper? There are questions that, only if one is sincere with oneself and with the little theological light one has, must be responded to on one’s own. See for yourself.
Pope Francis continued: “This is my body. This is my blood. Do it in remembrance of me—this is a viaticum that helps us to journey on.
Pope Francis then tells a story about an Episcopalian bishop “who went a little wrong.”
Pope Francis says:
“The bishop accompanied his wife and children to Mass on Sunday, and then went to worship with his community. It was a step of participation in the Lord’s Supper. Then he went forward, the Lord called him, a just man.
To sum it up Pope Francis adds:
“Life is bigger than explanations and interpretations. Always refer back to your baptism. “One faith, one baptism, one Lord.” This is what Paul tells us, and then take the consequences from there.
Let’s cut to the chase: The Mass / Communion / Eurharist / Lord’s Supper never ends…. It must be lived…. Go as one Body of Christ to serve God and love your neighbor? YES, Right -on?