9% of Catholics who attend weekly Mass, 35% who attend Mass at least once a month and 60% who only attend Mass a few times or less a year do not believe that Jesus is present in Holy Communion (CARA research, 2008).
Outside of the Catholic Church, most Christians view the Eucharist as either something spiritual, symbolic or non-existent.
Volunteers at FamilyPrayerNight.org are currently producing a new full-feature video to re-present Catholic teaching on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to help not only Catholics but all people realize God’s unfathomable gift of Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist.
To help better understand this great mystery, we’ll look to Sacred Scripture to see how the Eucharist is prefigured in the Old Testament and becomes reality New Testament. We'll also learn what Jesus meant when He said, “I am the bread of life...unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (Jn 6:48, 53).
We’ll learn what the early Church Fathers believed and how they worshipped. We’ll also examine nearly 2000 years of official Church teachings on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Breaking of the Bread.
And finally, we’ll back everything up with evidence from Church approved Eucharistic Miracles that have been independently verified by scientific research and analysis.
The Church has recognized more than 150 Eucharistic Miracles that have been granted by Our Lord as testimony to the truth: ordinary bread and wine becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at the words of Consecration during every validly celebrated Mass throughout history. The Miracles at Lanciano, Tixtla, Sokolka and Buenos Aires were chosen for your consideration because they have been verified by independent scientific analysis and research.