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*Image: The Incarnation as Fulfillment of All the Prophecies by Peter Paul Rubens, 1628-1629 [Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA]

By Randall Smith,  The Catholic Thing, Oct. 3, 2022

Randall B. Smith is a Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. His latest book is From Here to Eternity: Reflections on Death, Immortality, and the Resurrection of the Body. …

Recent surveys show that many Catholics no longer believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  I have no idea how to resolve this problem, but perhaps it would help to consider this series of questions.

We begin with the Eucharist.  Do you believe that Christ can be really present in the Eucharist – as present as He was to the apostles in the upper room after the crucifixion?  This is admittedly difficult, since what we see with our eyes still looks like bread and wine.  That’s why in the Middle Ages, the Church attempted to clarify what it meant to say that Christ is “really present” in the Eucharist by saying that, although the accidents of bread and wine remain, the substance is now the body and blood of Christ.  Yes, it still looks like bread and wine, but Christ is truly present there. …