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Week of June 23, 2008
Eucharist, stronger families are antidote to secularism – bishop
By REGINA LINSKEY
"There is nothing wrong with telling children" to turn off the computer and TV and "every distraction to pray."
The family "relies on the Eucharist" by praying and going to Mass together as well as having a family discussion of the homily, he said.
"There is nothing wrong with telling children" to turn off the computer and TV and "every distraction to pray," he said.
Braxton was one of several U.S. prelates who spoke to pilgrims June 16 about what the Eucharist is and how its meaning can be applied and enriched in family and Church life.
He said renewed faith in the Eucharist is not a quick fix that can be used and manipulated to solve family problems.
"God is not God the way we would be God if we were God," Braxton said. Prayers and petitions are an important part of the Catholic faith but "it is important not to have a simplistic view of this," he said.
God accompanies people through troubled times but does not "remove them from us," the bishop said.
Catholics can risk thinking that receiving the Eucharist is about "Jesus and me . . . like a personal Jesus or an insurance policy to heaven," Braxton said. But the Eucharist "is a call to each one of us to a conversion as a community."
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