Saint Francis and the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

On June 6, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, popularly known as Corpus Christi.

The Real Presence of Christ

Originally celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, in most places today it is observed the following Sunday. This feast celebrates the great gift of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist in the life of the Church.

Saint Thomas Aquinas urged extending this feast

First observed locally in northern France and what is now Belgium in the 1240s, Pope Urban VI extended this feast to the universal Church in 1264 at the urging of St. Thomas Aquinas. However, this mystery was already central to the spirituality of Francis of Assisi.

The Eucharistic writings of Saint Francis

On this point, see the enlightening column below by George Corrigan, OFM.

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