Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Real Presence: a lost sacrament?

At dinner last night, my knight made a statement that as I watched him find the words cautiously, I knew it was going to be a doozy.  We were talking with our daughters about their religion classes and my knight was asking them what they were learning about now.  Then he said, "I think........hm.. that there are...... some....Catholics, well, that.....don't really believe that....that the host really turns into Jesus."   He was talking to one of the other scientists recently at work who is a Catholic that doesn't believe in the real presence, "he said, No, it's a symbol".

Sadly, I said, yes that's true, there are many Catholics that have lost this aspect of their faith due to poor catechesis, or lack of clarity and correction.

Is there anyone out there that reads this blog that doesn't believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist?  This is the main part that sets us apart from all other Christians, it's the source and summit of our faith, it is what nurtures all other sacraments.

Re-read John 6, slowly.


Allison said...

And in reading John 6, I found it helpful to read an analysis of it, verse by verse.

I've linked to it here- http://totustuusfamily.blogspot.com/2011/01/scripture-eucharist-miracles.html

It goes into word translations and what the first and early Church Fathers believed.

Anonymous said...

It's sad that many Catholics, either through ignorance or lack of faith, don't recognize the Real Presence. Shoot, even some Protestants believe in a form of the Real Presence (such as consubstantiation). How did this problem come about? Transubstantiation has been an integral belief in the Church since... well, always. Ancient sources affirm that the early Christians believed the bread and wine became Christ's body and blood and were not a mere symbol. How did we get in the state we're in now??


Ebeth said...

Thanks, Allison, I'll check it out!

Evan, I don't know how this got so bad......just need to get the word out and reverse this thing!!

Deanna said...

At times, the Real Presence is the only thing that keeps me where I am.
I am always amazed when our priests talk about this problem and then don't preach on the topic. Just because people are at Mass does not mean they believe. We all need to keep speaking the Truth!

Barbara Schoeneberger said...

I've always believed in the Real Presence of Christ. It's because I was blessed to be born into a devout Catholic family and got to attend Catholic schools back in the 1940s and 50s before it became fashionable to dissent from Catholic teaching.

Someone once noted to me that in the case of the Holy Eucharist, the symbol is the Symbol, really and truly Christ, and that this is the only sacrament where this is the case. I've thought a lot about that since. The problem with non-believers is that they don't carry the concept of symbol far enough and don't accept St. John's writing what Jesus said. We need all children to be taught logic and metaphysics in high school because people just can't think things through anymore.