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"Christ our Eucharist": A sermon given at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane

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On 3 September this year, I was asked to preach the sermon at the regular Mass of the Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament at the Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane. It was a great joy to assist at Mass and Benediction and I am grateful to Fr Robinson for his kind hospitality and the members for their company at dinner afterwards.Cur Deus homo? Why was God made man? I wish to propose respectfully to you the Franciscan thesis, that the incarnation of Jesus Christ was decreed in the eternal plan of God from before all creation, and therefore independently of sin.We do, of course, believe that Our Lord came to take away our sins, but the Franciscan or Scotist thesis is that even without sin, He would nevertheless have become incarnate, and we would still have the unsurpassable gift of the Holy Eucharist.Fr Faber was a thoroughgoing Scotist, a view which he expounds in his book The Blessed Sacrament. He says,Those who hold it [this view] dwell very much on the doctrine that Jesus was decr…

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