This Week’s Ask Alice: A Question About Divine Judgment, Cremation, the Resurrection of the Body, and the Real Presence, Plus Eucharistic Adoration.

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Paul asks: 1) Where do we go immediately after death? How can we be raised up if cremated? 2) How is consuming the holy Eucharist suppose to make us feel. I believe what the church says about the Eucharist being the body and blood of Christ, but my physical body tells me it is bread and wine. How do we make it the body and blood.

Alice answers: 1) The moment we die, we will appear before the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ, where we will become aware of the entirety of our lives in terms of our sinfulness, obedience and acts of charity … and where … hopefully … we will have a final chance to repent and beg God for mercy.

2Corinthians 5:10  For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.

A few holy souls will immediately enter Heaven, while the majority will first, necessarily experience Purgatory. Unrepentant souls who choose to refuse God’s mercy, will likely be spending a good deal of quality time (eternity) with Satan the devil, in Hell.

All dead bodies decompose and eventually turn to dust, and the same is true of bodies that are cremated, disintegrated, or otherwise totally destroyed. At the end of this present world age, on the Last Day, when Jesus comes again in glory, the earthly bodies of all those who ever lived will be supernaturally reconstituted and reunited with their respective souls.

1Co 15:52-53  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall rise again incorruptible. And we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption: and this mortal must put on immortality.

2) When the priest says the words of consecration at Mass, ordinary bread and wine is transformed (by the power of Holy Spirit) into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Although we cannot see the change in substance, we believe in the miracle … termed “transubstantiation” … that is obtained through the power given to the Catholic Church and to the Catholic ministerial priesthood, by Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper.

Matthew 26:26-28  And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to his disciples and said: Take ye and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this.  For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.

Receiving the Holy Eucharist can give us a sense of love and peace. Often, communicants feel peace, joy, a gentle warmth or even a powerful heat. Every time we receive Jesus in Holy Eucharist is different. Sometimes, people cry as their hearts are touched so deeply by Divine Love. A person may feel a special connection with God, and a certain unity with all of the other people who are receiving Communion … and also … with the angels and saints.

Whether you actually feel or perceive any of these things is not really pertinent or essential, since every time you partake of The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, you undoubtedly receive countless graces, along with the unfathomable affection of our Lord God, truly present in both your heart and your soul (a real, yet sacramental presence that is at once, both physical and spiritual) simply because God loves you … and because the ancient faith of the Catholic Church informs us that the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ is really and truly present in the substance of the Holy Eucharist.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

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Brian asks: What is the purpose and what are the benefits of Eucharistic adoration?

Alice Answers:

Eucharistic Adoration is a precious time to spend up close and personal with Jesus. Adoring the Blessed Sacrament is a beautiful way to console the heart of Jesus and make reparations for all of the indignities, blasphemies and atrocities committed by sinful humanity against our Savior.

Jesus loves when we spend time with Him during Eucharistic Adoration! Many churches are locked. Few Catholics come to visit our Lord today. Jesus is eager to listen as we quietly share all of our problems, concerns and joys with Him. He loves spending time with us and delights in our expressions of love for him.

We receive benefits of many graces and experience a feeling of peace after spending time with Jesus. When we sit quietly and let Jesus speak to our hearts, He comforts and consoles us. When we bring our questions and burdens to Him during Eucharistic Adoration, we find the answers we seek and feel our burdens lightened after placing all at Jesus’ feet.

You might find some useful inspiration in this beautiful and most powerful passage from the Book of Revelation:

Revelation 5:6-14  And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing, as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne. And when he had opened the book, the four living creatures and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book and to open the seals thereof: because thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation: And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the ancients (and the number of them was thousands of thousands), Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and benediction. And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard all saying: To him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb, benediction and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever.  And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the four and twenty ancients fell down on their faces and adored him that liveth for ever and ever.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

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