How to Explain and Defend the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Fr. Frank Chacon & Jim Burnham present a clear explanation and defense of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
It's hard to imagine that any Catholic could misunderstand the central doctrine of his faith. However, according to an alarming 1992 poll, the majority of Catholics are confused in their beliefs about Christ's presence in the Eucharist:
- 30% believe they are really and truly receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.
- 29% believe they are receiving bread and wine that symbolize the Body and Blood of Jesus.
- 10% believe they receive bread and wine in which Jesus is also present.
- 24% believe they are receiving what has become Christ's Body and Blood only because of their personal belief.
Any well-informed Catholic will recognize that only the first option, chosen by the 30 percent, represents true Catholic teaching. The other options represent various Protestant beliefs. In other words, nearly 70 percent of all Catholics in this country hold erroneous beliefs about Christ's presence in the Eucharist.
- Foreword By Mark P. Shea
- What Does the Church Teach About the Eucharist? Three Ways Jesus is Present
- Why Should We Believe in the Real Presence?
- The Biblical Basis for the Real Presence
- The Historical Basis for the Real Presence
- Evidence from the Early Church Fathers
- Evidence from History
- Evidence from Eucharistic Miracles
- A Saint's Summary
- I Believe! Now What Should I Do?
- A Saint's Reflection
- Holy Communion Prayers Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas (before Communion)
- Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas (after Communion)
- Pange Lingua (Tantum Ergo)
- Adoro Te (translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.)
- Glossary of Terms
- Recommended Resources
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