Eucharist: You are what you eat, part two

Eucharist means “Thanksgiving.” Each time we participate in the Eucharist, we are invited to show our thankfulness to God by responding with our lives. When the Eucharist gives someone the strength to live his or her life in a remarkable way, the rest of us are moved to a better understanding of how the Eucharist can transform us.

Writing in U.S. Catholic on the question of “When do the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ?”, Father James Field says: “There is a . . . more personal question. At what point do we become the Body and Blood of Christ? The bread and wine is not consecrated for its own sake, after all, but for the good of the church and for the world.”

Andrea, mother of a college student and a high school freshman, feels this challenge of the Eucharist in each encounter. Continue reading