Real Presence

Help my unbelief: The lesson of Peter of Prague

This Sunday, we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, or Corpus Christi.  As I wrote last year, the feast was established to strengthen belief in the Real Presence, to encourage people to draw close to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and to make reparation for sacrilege committed against the Eucharist.  While we remember and celebrate […]

Encountering the Word – 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also […]

Faithfulness

Belief in God is rather widespread, at least in America.  Various surveys show that over 90% of Americans “believe in God.” But belief and faith are not quite the same thing.  When many people say “I believe in God” they mean that they believe that God exists, that “there is a God” somewhere up there.  Nothing wrong with having such […]

Life and the Feast of Faith

From time to time I run across sophisticated people who don’t, of course, believe in God, at least not in the way he’s represented by organized religion.  But they are very happy that the hoi polloi, the vast crowd of ordinary people, do believe in God.  For to them, religion promotes basic morality in society which is, of course, something […]

You Are What You Eat

  A few years back, George Gallup conducted a poll called “Religion in America.”  He studied two groups of Americans—regular churchgoers from various Christian churches on the one hand, and totally unchurched people on the other.  He quizzed both groups on issues ranging from the divinity of Jesus, to cheating on income tax, infidelity in marriage and abortion. His findings […]

Hidden Meaning in the Loaves & Fishes

Finding the hidden meanings.   Unraveling mysteries.  Deciphering symbols.  The thrill inherent in all this is partly why Dan Brown’s book, the Da Vinci Code, sold so well. But Brown’s secret code, the two thousand year chain of clues supposedly leading to the true identity of Jesus and his holy grail, is simply a parody of the real mystery embedded in […]

Encountering the Word – 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup […]

Daily Catholic Quiz – Real Presence

Catholics profess belief in the True Presence of Jesus in The Blessed Sacrament. We call the change that takes place during Holy Mass, Transubstantiation. The Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, received at Holy Communion is (choose one): bread and wine which symbolizes the spirit and teachings of Jesus by which your reception expresses your attachment to His Person and Words […]

Really, Truly, Substantially Present

Really, Truly, Substantially Present – On the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist [Editor Note: At the end of the article, you can watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s detailed examination of the Bread of Life Discourse in St. John’s Gospel – Chapter 6.] Last month [June 24-25, 2011], I gave an address at the annual Atlanta Eucharistic Congress, […]