Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

  • Program #: 102
  • Description: What is one of the most challenging doctrines of the Catholic Church to comprehend? It is the mystery of the real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. The Catholic Catechism tells us that Christ is present to His Church in many ways, but most especially in the Eucharist species and that His presence in these species of bread and wine is unique. The whole Christ "“ body, blood, soul and divinity is "truly, really, substantially contained therein". In other words, under sacramental signs, He is physically as well as spiritually present. St. John Chrysostom declares that man does not cause this miraculous occurrence. A man "“ the priest "“ acting in the role of Christ "“ does pronounce the words, but it is Christ himself whose power and grace brings about the transformation of the bread and wine into His body and blood. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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