6 Facts About the Eucharist: taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself.
2. All who eat the one broken bread, Christ, enter into communion with him and form but one body in him.
3. By this sacrament we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body.
4. The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ; they continue also to signify the goodness of creation.
5. Christ calls himself the bread of life come down from heaven.
6. We must therefore consider the Eucharist as: Thanksgiving and praise to the Father; the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body; the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit.
I’m a cradle Catholic which means I grew up in the Catholic Church. I attended Catholic school my whole life, and attended Mass pretty much every Sunday. All this being said I have SO much to learn about my faith. Now that, by the grace of God, I have become interested in living out a truly Catholic life, I am excited to dive into the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Recently, I’ve been really curious about the Eucharist. I know Catholic’s are one of the few denominations of Christianity that believe the bread and wine is actually Jesus’s body and blood. We call this the Transubstantiation which is defined as “the conversion of the substance of the Eucharistic elements into the body and blood of Christ at consecration, only the appearances of bread and wine still remaining.”
My favorite thing about the Catholic teaching is that it comes straight from Jesus. It’s the practice that the disciples, who actually knew Christ in the body, performed after the resurrection, and it was practiced until people started to split off and form their own ideas of religion.
I also recently learned that this was a very divisive issue in the time of Jesus. When Jesus claimed that the bread was His flesh, many stopped following Him and stopped believing.
I was doing some research on the matter and came across this website that talks about miraculous events pertaining to the Eucharist. There are endless stories out there but these are truly incredible. I hope you take a look!
Check out the stories here.
Have a blessed weekend!