Eucharistic identity: Christ present

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As a sacrament, the Eucharist has a double aspect: it is both a sign and the reality signified by it, both a remembering of the past and a making-really-present: "When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, she commemorates Christ's Passover, and it is made present: the sacrifice Christ offered once for all on the Cross remains ever present" (Catechism of the Catholic Church,1364).

Here the three meanings of "present" come together: Christ in the Eucharist is 1) present, not absent, but really here; 2) present, not past, but happening now; and 3) presented as a gift (a "present"), really given; offered, not withheld. Christ is "present in many ways to his Church" (CCC, 1373) but "[t]he mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species [forms, appearances] is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as 'the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend' [St. Thomas Aquinas]. In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist 'the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.' '...[I]t is presence in the fullest sense...Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present'" (CCC 1374). (from Peter J. Kreeft, Catholic Christianity, 2001)


Thank you for your work.
In reading about the Eucharist, it made me wonder if you have seen the 2009 book by the Vatican, "Eucharistic Miracles of the World".
about 140 miracles are presented beautifully on high quality paper in a book about 9x6 inches. $25
See it on web

Pages are reproduced (listed by country I think).

I love this work. It is a tour too as you will see for any Parish.

Bless you, Bob

Dear Bob, So kind of you to write. Thanks for reading Communio--happy to know it is helpful to you. I have not seen the book you recommend. Thanks for the recommendation. I will look for it. Let's pray for one another. PAX!

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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