Our belief as Catholics in the True Presence of Jesus, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist sets us apart from nearly every other Christian religion because it’s so radical. This one belief is hard to accept; even some of Jesus’ disciples left Him when He said He was truly present in the bread and wine.
However, this is a facet of our faith that has been believed since the very early Christians, some who even died because of it.
We put together a mini-poster PDF for you with quotes about the True Presence from the Catechism, the Bible, saints and early Church Fathers. Go ahead and print it out, share it with your friends or hang it in a place where it will raise discussion.
Quotes on the True Presence
“This is my body.” – Mark 14:22
“If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh” – John 6:51
“And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world!” – Matthew 28:20
The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.” CCC 1376
The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.”201 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.”202 “This presence is called ‘real’—by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.” CCC 1374
Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which Jesus Christ gives his body and blood – himself – for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church. – YouCat 208
“Do not, therefore, regard the bread and wine as simply that, for they are, according to the Master’s declaration, the Body and Blood of Christ. Even though the senses suggest to you the other, let faith make you firm.” – St. Cyril of Jerusalem
“Jesus Christ said over the consecrated elements, ‘This is My Body.’ You say, ‘No. It is not His Body!’ Whom am I to believe? I prefer to believe Jesus Christ.” – Blessed Dominic Barberi
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ instruction and the communal life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”- Acts 2:42
“I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible” (Letter to the Romans 7:3 [A.D. 110]). – St. Ignatius of Antioch
“Formerly there was baptism in an obscure way … now, however, in full view, there is regeneration in water and in the Holy Spirit. Formerly, in an obscure way, there was manna for food; now, however, in full view, there is the true food, the flesh of the Word of God, as he himself says: ‘My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink’ (John 6:56)” (Homilies on Numbers 7:2 [A.D. 248]). – Origen