The Eucharist

By Christopher Lenart, a parishioner at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Naperville, who is posting once a month, every month, on this blog, writing about faith-related matters, To contact Christopher, email him at To learn more about him, go to his website:

A few weeks ago, I was watching “The World Over, ” EWTN’s international news magazine show, and they were talking about the Eucharist. A recent Pew Research Center study showed that 69 percent of Catholics say they believe that, during the Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion “are symbols of the Body and Blood of Christ.” Only 31 percent say they believe that, “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the Body and Blood of Jesus.”

What the heck is going on? 

The early Church believed that the Eucharist was the Body of Jesus Christ. So, it is not new. Why did people stop believing in this? I don’t really know, but it is not right to say that it is a symbol without any proof. The Church has a lot of proof that the Eucharist is the body of Jesus.

Our society is losing knowledge of the truth because they maybe don’t want to know the truth. In my own opinion, they don’t want to know it because they have to change their ways. Yes, it is scary but you have to look at the consequences. They don’t know what the consequences are. If I were to go out in the street and ask what heaven is, most people might say it is a fake place. If it is fake, why do we believe in God or even the Catholic Church? If the Catholic Church is fake, how is it still standing after 2,000 years? If something is fake, it would not last long. 

A few years ago, there was a church that had the hosts which were producing blood. They had the blood tested and they found out that it was human blood. Isn’t this proof that the Eucharist is truly the body of Jesus Christ? What more do people need to believe?  

I think since we know more about the body and outer space, we want proof that God is real. Sometimes we can’t prove things at all, so we need to have faith. Faith is so important for Catholics, and we need more of it, but yet that is what is most lacking in people today. 

Some churches have an adoration chapel, where people can go to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The people who go there on a regular basis say that it really helps. So why don’t more people go?

If you just ran across this post and you think that the Eucharist is just a symbol, I invite you to find out what the Church says about this. If you want to know what adoration is like, just go to a church and sit in front of the Host. You don’t need to do anything but just allow God to move you. Each time you go, God will touch you. He just wants you to spend time with Him.