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The Real Presence in the Eucharist: If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning (hint: we didn't get it wrong!)

If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning - Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand


  1. Larry Green28 June, 2017

    "We use the words “really, truly, and substantially” to describe Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist in order to distinguish Our Lord’s teaching from that of mere men who falsely teach that the Holy Eucharist is only a sign or figure of Christ, or that He is present only by His power." Thomas Aquinas used the word "substantially" because,through Aristotle's metaphysics,Aquinas understood how God could be "really and truly" present in the bread and the wine.In other words he was not using the term "substantially" to differentiate one claim about God from another...he and Aristotle used this term to denote being in it's mode as "substance"(e.g. primary substance as the hylomorphic compound of form and matter) rather than being in its mode as attribute,quality or "accident," as the philosophers called it. Every part of the bread and wine retains it's attribute as such and God's substantial presence remains only for as long as the appearance of the bread and wine remain.In a world so predominantly prepared to find it's sought after good on the surface of reality it should be no wonder that anything not tangible can be of no value or importance.I believe though that if we commit ourselves to opening up to the real presence of truth and beauty in others who may appear ugly and false,we both get to experience that which transcends our comprehension.


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