St Ignatius of Loyola Eucharistic Beliefs

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St Ignatius of Loyola Eucharistic Beliefs

By | December 2011
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Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) lived during the early beginnings of the Protestant Reformation. With this Protestant Reformation came many new views of the Eucharist. Martin Luther, who many people consider to be the launching pad of the Protestant Reformation, believed in the idea of consubstantiation. Consubstantiation is the idea that the substances of Jesus’ body and blood are present alongside the substances of bread and wine. Martin Luther disagreed with the Church’s teaching of transubstantiation, which states that after the consecration, the substances of bread and wine no longer exist and Jesus’ true body, blood, soul, and divinity take their place. Saint Ignatius held a true understanding and devotion to what the Eucharist truly was. In The Spiritual Writings of St. Loyola Ignatius said “He instituted the most sacred sacrifice of the Eucharist, to be the greatest mark of His love”. Ignatius understood how truly magnificent the Eucharist is. He understood that Jesus gave us the Eucharist to save and redeem us because he truly loves us. Jesus did not have to give us this great sacrifice, but he did, and Ignatius understood how truly important it was. Saint Ignatius also says in his Spiritual Writings that “Having made a better Confession and being better disposed, one finds himself in condition and prepared to receive the Blessed Sacrament: the reception of which is an aid not only not to fall into sin, but also to preserve the increase of grace”. Saint Ignatius reveals much about his understanding of the sacred nature and power of the Eucharist in this short passage. The first thing he reveals is how we must prepare ourselves for the reception of the Eucharist. He knows that we must have made a good confession and be free from all mortal sins and that we must be properly disposed in order to truly receive the Eucharist along with all of its fruits. He also understands the power of these fruits of the Eucharist. He knows that the reception of these...