the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist



“…amazement should always fill the Church assembled for the celebration of the Eucharist. I would like to rekindle this Eucharistic “amazement” (from Ecclesia de Eucharistia, by Saint Pope John Paul II)


“Look at history. (This is the single clearest reason why I became a Catholic: because I looked at history.) Not a single Christian in the world for 1000 years doubted or denied the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The 11th- century heretic Berengar of Tours was the first, and there were no others until the 16th century, except the heretical Waldensians and Albigensians. The Albigensians were the most hated and feared heretics in the history of Christendom, and they were totally wiped out either by plague, persecution, birth dearth, or repentance.

The center of Christian worship until the Reformation was always the Eucharist, not the sermon, as it is for Protestants. The Eucharist was never omitted, as it usually is for Protestants. Any pre-Reformation Christian would see a church service without the Eucharist as something like marriage without sex.

Now comes the supreme irony. What is it that the Eucharist provides? The very thing Protestant evangelicals cherish the most: the Real Presence of Christ and our real union with Christ, “accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior” in the most real, total, complete, personal, concrete, and intimate way!” ( from the book Jesus-Shock, pp. 106-107, by Peter Kreeft).

Peter Kreeft, a well known Catholic convert and author, teaches philosophy at Boston College.

Tom Mulcahy, M.A.

Image: The Last Supper by Vicente Juan Masip, circa 1562, Prado Museum (Public Domain, U.S.A.)

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