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Jim Weinstein wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If we eat the Body of Christ and drink His Blood in the host and wine during the Eucharist does that make us cannibalistic?

P.S. I am running a Junior high Youth group discussion and one of the kids asked this question.

Thanks,

Jim

  { If we eat His Body and drink His Blood are we cannibalistic? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Jim —

The Eucharist is the substance, the individual nature, of the living glorified Christ, with the accidents of bread and wine.  The accidents are the physical properties and appearances, everything that is known by the senses. This is a miracle and a mystery.

When we consume meat, we consume a dead creature for the physical properties, the properties that are known by the senses and that can support the body.

When we receive the Eucharist, we are communing with a living Person through the medium (sacramental sign) of the accidents of bread and wine.

A cannibal destroys a human being to consume the accidents of the body. Cannibalism today is a diabolic upside-down mockery of the Eucharist.

Mary Ann

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