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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “A Young Minister Refuses to Perform a Crucial Duty”

This essay refers to the writer's personal stand on why he would refuse to administer the Eucharist, or communion, during mass.

For him, such act was just one of the many symbolical actions set by the Easterners, followed from Jesus Christ’s Last Supper. “This mode of commemorating Christ is not suitable to me,” said Emerson… because according to such writer, the kingdom of God is not meat and drink. In order to follow Christ’s footsteps, in our daily lives, it is not enough to just do a symbolical action without practicing it further. “Freedom is the essence of Christianity,” he also said, therefore, people have the right to or not to have communion…

In these modern times, it is sad to see people hearing the priest’s sermons, taking communion, and praying during mass but go back to their bad ways even right after the mass. - ARVillanueva text or image

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