Survey on the Eucharist

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Registered: 05-26-2005
Survey on the Eucharist
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Tue, 01-27-2009 - 10:54am

A friend of mine in my parish who is writing her Master's Thesis in Pastoral Ministry

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 4:09pm

What is your age group: 36-45

15-17; 18-21; 22-35; 36-45; 46-65; 66 or older

1) Do you believe the Eucharist really is the body and blood of Christ? Absolutely!

2) What does the term "Real Presence" mean to you? That Christ is fully and absolutely physically present in the Host and Wine, neither exclusive to the other, as much as He was physically present among us on earth.

3) Do you think belief in the Real Presence matters? Yes or No Why or Why not? Yes. I think it is a core tenet of our faith as Catholics. I also believe it to be spiritually detrimental to receive without fully understanding the implications of that which you are receiving.

4) Do you agree or disagree with these statements:

a) The Eucharist is only a symbol of the body and blood of Christ. Disagree

b) When we receive the Eucharist we are in communion with both God and our fellow Catholics. Agree

5) Do you feel that receiving the Eucharist has helped you to change and/or grow in faith and in relationship to others? If so, in what ways? Yes. It requires me to do a weekly examination of conscience before receiving, first of all ("Lord, I am not worthy to recieve You. . ."). It also unites me to God physically by taking Him into my body. My very cells are nourished physically by Him. This can only serve to elevate me to a higher state of grace, whether I am worthy or not. I am taking God into my body in a physical way like no other Sacrament. I also believe that in sharing this with fellow Catholics, it unites us around a "spiritual table" so-to-speak.




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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 4:02pm

Actually, I'm going to be really nit-picky here, so please forgive me. . . But just for the record, the Orthodox Church(es) completely and absolutely believe in the Real Presence, just as Catholics do. So Catholics are not the only Christians to believe this.

Sorry. . . Just wanted to clarify that ;)




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Wed, 01-28-2009 - 2:40pm

What catches my interest in your thread is the survey remark that the majority (really..most,not just many?) of adult Catholics don't believe in the real presense of the Eucharist..I'm going to step out on a limb and say I can understand a bit why that might be.

 

 

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Registered: 05-26-2005
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 9:08pm

Thanks Mary, Polly and Karen. Keep 'em coming. I am passing along your responses (without your names) to my friend who really appreciates the extra unexpected input from all of you.


I do think something like the Real Presence is difficult to understand simply because it's impossible to truly comprehend it.

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Registered: 04-01-2003
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 9:07pm

I'll answer these questions before reading everyone elses.

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 8:17pm

What is your age group:



15-17;

 


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Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 2:34pm

Ruth,


On a related note -- American Public Radio did a story on Catholics at the time of the Pope's visit. It was pretty obvious from the reporting that they tapped the usual sources of discontent to show how American Catholics have drifted. But what they found was a real attachment to the Eucharist. They reported on it as if they had uncovered Watergate. I was laughing when I was listening to the story, because the reporters were so amazed.


Here's the URL to how the story ended up on line: http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/being_catholic/map_index.shtml


Baby just woke up, so no time for your survey now!


Polly

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Registered: 06-20-2005
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 12:37pm

I am amazed that the majority of Catholics wouldn't believe in the real presecne. That's a shock. Every week the priest holds up the host and says, THIS IS JESUS. At least in our parish, right before communion. This is one of the fundamental beliefs of all Catholics that seperates us from all the other Christian religions, right? maybe I'm wrong, but that is what I've learned. I myself have never questioned this. Interesting questions.


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