“You Catholics are idolaters, adoring bread and wine as the body and blood of Jesus Christ! How can you believe such a thing?”
“They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer,” wrote the great St Ignatius around 107 A.D., “because they do not confess the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, which was offered for our sins and which the Father, in His goodness raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes.” Apart from those referred to by Ignatius, we know of no church or Christian movement in the first millennium of Christian history that did not confess Jesus to be truly present in the Eucharist.
This was the faith of the fathers of the early Church, the faith of St Augustine, the universal faith of Christians essentially until the time of the Reformation in the 16th century. St Ignatius referred to the Eucharist as “the medicine of immortality” through which we receive the very life God. Vatican II described it as “the source and summit of the Christian life.” It’s critical that Catholics understand and feel confident to defend what scripture, tradition and the Church teach about this most important subject.
There are many, many great resources out there for learning about the Eucharist. Here are some of our favorites.
A FEW GREAT VIDEOS
A FEW GREAT TALKS
by Scott Hahn
by Fr. Larry Richards
Inspiring speaker Fr. Larry Richards presents wonderful insights into the history, spirituality, and biblical foundations of the Eucharist. He opens the door for us to enter more profoundly into this most perfect prayer and unite our offering with that of the priest. Great lessons that can change the way you experience the Mass.
by Fr. William Casey C.P.M.
According to Fr. William Casey, Superior General of the Fathers of Mercy, “We are living at the time of the greatest loss of faith in the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church.” Discover how faith in the Real Presence and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament can remedy this desperate situation and help us grow spiritually.
A FEW GREAT BOOKS
by Mark Shea
This little book is a great place for a convert to start reading about the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist. Mark Shea tells the story of his own discovery of the Real Presence in terms engaging and accessible to Evangelical Protestants. He treats standard misconceptions and objections to the Catholic teaching showing the errors in thinking Evangelicals make. Great book!
by James T. O’Connor
“This book is a comprehensive study of the Church’s meditation on the Mystery of the Eucharist from the first centuries to our won times…. For the lay reader who wants a rich understanding…The Hidden Manna is a superb work” – John Cardinal O’Connor
by Brant Pitre
This is a book of biblical theology, meaning that the author works to help us understand the Eucharist within the context of Jewish history and practice and as the fulfillment of all the Old Testament images of the Passover, the Manna, the Bread of the Presence in the tabernacle. This book will really open your eyes to the Scriptural background to our Lord’s institution of the Blessed Sacrament!