I used to think the term Cafeteria Catholics applied only to those Catholics who pick and choose which church teachings to apply to their political life—abortion and same-sex marriage for example. But God opened my eyes to see the hypocrite standing in the mirror.
Writing about St. Dominic, St. John Bosco tells us that whenever he talked about the day of his First Communion, he did so with great joy, saying, “That was the happiest and most wonderful day of my life.” Perhaps St. Dominic, who died at the tender age of fourteen, can teach us how to fall in love with the Eucharist as well.
In our trial on the Earth, prayer serves to educate man into the adoration due to God and the love of his fellow brothers. It has a transformative effect on man, uniting him to God and assisting him in living a life of charity in support of the common good.
With the advent of the New Evangelization, there is a renewed interest in introducing others to the life of Christian discipleship. The laity are called to engage in this role. In order to do so fruitfully, they should be reacquainted with the sacraments of initiation.
Here are a few helpful suggestions to use when teaching children and others about the reality of the Eucharist as the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.