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What does it mean to consume the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass? Is the Eucharist just a symbol? Is Christ present in the same way he was to the disciples in the upper room?
If you are not sure how to answer these questions about this central mystery of our faith, you aren’t alone—most Catholics don’t. In Real Presence, University of Notre Dame theologian Timothy P. O’Malley clears up the confusion by explaining the biblical origins and long tradition of the Church’s doctrines of real presence and transubstantiation. He also explores the spiritual practices necessary to form us to recognize Christ in the Eucharist and to see the Lord in others.
You will learn
● how the doctrine of real presence is rooted in divine revelation and how the Church’s teaching regarding transubstantiation is spiritually fruitful for the believer today;
● how to worship Christ in the Eucharist and make a real assent to real presence;
● how the Eucharist is crucial in growing our capacity for recognizing Christ in the Word and in others; and
● the important relationship between Eucharistic communion and adoration.
Books in the Engaging Catholicism series from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University Notre Dame help readers discover the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith through a concise exploration of the Church’s most important but often difficult-to-grasp doctrines as well as crucial pastoral and spiritual practices. Perfect for seekers and new Catholics; clergy and catechetical leaders; and everyone in between the series, expands the McGrath Institute’s mission to connect the Catholic intellectual life at Notre Dame to the pastoral life of the Church and the spiritual needs of her people.
A Note From the Publisher
“Tim O’Malley is that great rarity—a theologian who’s a joy for ordinary Catholics to read. He’s deep. He’s grounded in family life. He’s a careful observer of human behavior. And he’s funny. This book is essential reading at our moment in the Church’s history. We have failed to communicate the most important thing in life, the mystery of Christ present in the Eucharist—something our ancestors managed to pass on without the extraordinary advantages we have today. O’Malley sees the problem with extraordinary clarity and proposes very practical ways forward. Without an approach like this, our efforts at a new evangelization will be futile. With such an approach—and the grace of God—our prospects are excellent.”
Catholic author and executive vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
"Experiencing God’s presence, not simply knowing the facts of Church teaching, is essential if we are to guide others to discover the gift of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist. In this concise and excellent book, Timothy P. O’Malley helps us recover an integrated understanding of real presence. Once again, he has woven the academic and pastoral world beautifully. The work of the McGrath Institute is phenomenal!"
Director of the Division of Catechetical and Pastoral Formation
Archdiocese of Baltimore