Thursday, November 04, 2010

Catholic Q&A: Part 9

The following questions came from the "Catholicism" category at WikiAnswers. Do you know your Catholic faith? Chip in and help bring truth to the masses. You can start with all the unanswered questions.

Is there a “St. Jennifer” in the Catholic Church?

There is no "St. Jennifer" that I was able to find. However, I looked up the name “Jennifer” and found that it is a Cornish variant of the Welsh name "Guinevere." This gives us a possible solution. St. Winifred of Wales is also known as "St. Guinevere of Wales." She is probably the closest thing to a "St. Jennifer" that we have in our current list of saints.

How can we honor the souls in Purgatory?

The souls in Purgatory are honored whenever we pray for their speedy entrance into heaven, particularly on the Feast of All Souls Day (Nov. 2) and throughout the month of November. We can also offer up our pains and sufferings for the souls in Purgatory and pray that the grace and merit we receive from celebrating the Mass would be applied to them.

How many Catholics are in the United States?

According to the Official Catholic Directory published by P. J. Kenedy and Sons, as of Jan. 1, 2010 there are 68,503,456 Catholics in the United States. Twenty-two percent of our nation’s total population is Catholic.

What is the most wonderful thing about the Eucharist?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Different Catholics are going to have different things that they like the most about the Eucharist.

Perhaps a consensus would emerge around the fact that, in receiving the Eucharist, our Lord and Savior comes to abide within us, to live and dwell within us. That is certainly one of the most amazing things about the Eucharist.

What is also amazing is that it is only in transubstantiation (in the transformation from "bread and wine" to "Body and Blood") that the substance changes whereas the accidents remain the same. In other words, what we have after the consecration is something different, even though it looks the same as it did before. This is a miracle that defies the laws of nature. How many people can say they have an opportunity to witness a miracle every day? We can, whenever we go to Mass.

Pax Christi,

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