Transubstantiation

Irrationality and Infallibility

St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)

Not too long ago I spoke with yet another Protestant minister who is about to leave his ministry and join the Catholic Church. He said he ended up in this situation because he had a seminary professor who kept challenging his students to, “Think it through.” He tried to think through his opposition to Catholicism because he had a parishioner […]

Eucharist: Body and Blood of Christ

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharist, the communion wafer and the altar wine are transformed and really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  Have you ever met anyone who has found this Catholic doctrine to be a bit hard to take? If so, you shouldn’t be surprised.  When Jesus spoke about eating his flesh and drinking […]

Eucharist: Body and Blood of Christ

The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharist, the communion wafer and the altar wine are transformed and really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  Have you ever met anyone who has found this Catholic doctrine to be a bit hard to take? If so, you shouldn’t be surprised.  When Jesus spoke about eating his flesh and drinking […]

To Amaze Jesus

We know well the words that the centurion speaks to Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel: “I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof…” (Matt 8:8). We say them at each and every Mass. But have you ever taken time to reflect on the words following the Roman officer’s remarks to Jesus? Can you remember the words that the […]

Eucharist: Body and Blood of Christ

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Year B) – Exodus 24:3-8; Psalms 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26. This series appears each Wednesday. The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharist, the communion wafer and the altar wine are transformed and really become the body and blood […]

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 […]