Question from Anonymous on 6/4/2008:

I would like to know what it means when we speak of Christ's real presence in the Eucharistic host. We know that the elements, after consecretion, becomes Christ body & blood. Do we mean His body & blood materially? Or do the Eucharistic host possesses the senses of humans, e.g. feel, hear, smell, see etc, and also thinking & reasoning capacity? Does Christ's divinity resides in them and able to hear our prayers & bless us? Thank you.
Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 6/21/2008:

Dear Anon, The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is explained substantially. The substance of Christ is present but not his accidents. Sadly, most believers don't comprehend the meaning of the notion of substance. Sustance is the essence of something or someone and it denotes that it exists of itself, it doesn't exist dependently on anything else, which defines the notion of accident. There is no difference between the substance of Jesus Christ as he walked the earth in his Incarnation and his substance in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Any today who come up with the old saw about cannibalism have no notion of substance. God bless. Fr. Bob Levis

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