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Was the Eucharist Ever a Little Snack?


An acquaintance recently joked, “
-slippery slope! The Eucharist started out as ‘snack time’ for the Catholics and look where that went!

I’m not sure he knows how a slippery slope works.

The Eucharist is a Christian teaching that has remained constant for 2000 years. That is no slippery slope. The real slide is on the protestant side, slipping away from His Church (John 16:13; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:16-20) with thousands of competing denominations all claiming to be “Bible only.” The Eucharist has been the pinnacle of our services since Acts; they are the ones who have slid into little snacks. I don’t care if he doesn’t believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but I do care when Church teaching is misrepresented.

The Eucharist has never been “snack time.” About an hour of reading the first Christian writers (If one can stop after only an hour; we couldn’t!), beginning with the Gospels and epistles, then onward 300 years until the New Testament was codified (and on and on …) makes it crystal clear that these men believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the bread and wine. And these were the same men who picked and prayed our New Testament into life.

The apostles were Jews. They knew about manna from heaven. They knew what the Passover was ~ the sacrifice of the innocent lamb whose blood saved them from death. They ate their lamb. They watched Jesus bless food, break it, and feed 5000. He told them to eat His flesh in John 6. When some left out of horror, Our Lord said again that they had to eat His flesh. At the Last Supper, when He lifted up the Passover bread and wine and said, “This is My Body; this is My Blood,” they were floored. They got it. After the resurrection, with some disciples in Emmaus, He was known in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:30-32). Paul told the Corinthians that they would be guilty of a sin against the Lord, his body and blood, if they came unworthily (I Corinthians 11:27-29).

The Didache, a catechism written in the 90’s (yes, the 90’s!), directs Christians to confess their sins before partaking in the Eucharist so that the sacrifice would be pure. Since the sacrifice of Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, what He did 2000 years ago is just as efficacious now. He is our perfect sacrifice for sin!

Ignatius of Antioch, writing in the year AD 110, said that he desired the Eucharist, the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Justin the Martyr, AD 100-165, wrote, “For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic prayer set down by Him, and by the change of which, our blood and flesh is nourished, is both the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.”

And on and on they wrote of the Real Presence of Jesus in the bread and wine, long before the New Testament was even bound and called sacred by Church councils. Men like Irenaus of Lyons, Tertullian, Origen, Clement, Augustine, and the council of Nicaea. The first Church council was in Jerusalem, recorded in Acts 15, when the question of circumcision was hashed out by Church leaders, then explained to the people. We believe what Jesus said to the Twelve in John 16, that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. He still does. And we still follow. 

So I encourage my non-Catholic friends as they insult the Church, to at least make sure the facts are straight. When you falsely say that the Eucharist began as a little snack, your entire witticism falls apart.

To know what the Catholic Church teaches, go to its catechism online or pick up a print copy. Those of us who love our Church will call out blatant untruths and bad jokes. And tell good ones about ourselves!

Want to read some good Catholic jokes? Click here and here.


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Your Handy-Dandy List to All Things All Saints Day!

Just the other day, my kiddos came home with a sheet from their faith formation classes that outlined some great ideas for dressing as a saint for All Saints Day! Whether your family celebrates Halloween, or you are craft challenged or you have just plain dropped the ball on costumes this year, this is the post for you!

Have any favorite links or perhaps you have written a post on this very topic? Share with us in the comboxes below!

FOR THE CRAFT SAVVY: If you are a fan of all things crafty, see the bottom for a list of external resources to help you come up with something fun for All Saints and/or Halloween.

MARY

WHO: Mother of God

DETAILS: white dress and a blue shawl over the head and shoulders.

APOSTLES/FRIARS/MONK – for any saint that was an Apostle or monk,

DETAILS: Use an extra large men’s t-shirt, put a rope around the waist and put on some sandals. Use face paint for a beard. DONE!

KING/QUEEN – for any saint that was a king or queen, you can make a crown.

WHO: St. Queen Elizabeth of Hungary

DETAILS: She took bread to the poor and built a hospital and cared for the sick. Your little saint can carry a basket of bread or flowers.

WHO: King Louis IX of France

DETAILS: He was crowned at 12. Your little saint can hold a cross.

KNIGHT/ARMOR

WHO: St. Joan of Arc

WHO: St. George and the Dragon

WHO: St. Michael the Archangel

DETAILS: They can all wear armor. For St. Michael, you can make wings of cardboard and put tin foil over them and staple elastic to put them over the shoulders.

NUNS – Use a black dress or skirt or use a men’s black t-shirt. Your little saint can put a square of black material over her head as a veil, and wear a crucifix or cross.

WHO: St. Brigid of Ireland

DETAILS: Often pictured holding a lamp or candle, she began life as a slave and heard St. Patrick preach.

WHO: St. Therese of Lisieux, France – the little flower/child of Jesus.

DETAILS: She was a Carmelite at the age of 15. At age eight, she was healed from an illness when a statue of the Virgin Mary smiled at her. Your little saint can wear a brown habit hand out roses to people, as St. Therese is known to have promised to shower the earth with roses from heaven.

PRIESTS

WHO: St. John Bosco

DETAILS: He founded the Salesians to work with and educate boys, and wore a black cassock. Your little saint can wear a large black t-shirt with a white turtleneck underneath.

WHO: St. John Vianney

DETAILS: A known confessor and preacher from France.

MEXICAN INDIAN

WHO: Saint Juan Diego

DETAILS: He saw Our Lady of Guadalupe and wore a tilma. Your little saint can wear a burlap sack or dark colored towel and tie it loosely around the neck.

FANCY: Print up an iron on picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe and iron it to the towel or burlap sack for added effect.

PRISONER

WHO: St. Maximilian Kolbe

DETAILS: blue striped prison uniform and glasses. He was a priest who was killed by Nazis during WWII

HOLY MEN & WOMEN

WHO: St. Dominic Savio

DETAILS: Born in Italy, he died at age 15. He was studying to be a priest and is the patron saint of boys, altar boys and choirboys. He is pictured in a white dress shirt, bow tie, vest, and jacket or as an altar boy.

WHO: St. Veronica {who wiped the face of Jesus}

DETAILS: Your little saint can wear a dress or man’s t-shirt tied at the waist, sandals, and carrying her veil

FANCY: You can attach a picture of Jesus to the veil using glue or an iron-on transfer

HALO

Use gold pipe cleaners to bend into halos to put on any saint! Or use bendable wired ribbon to make a halo. These are available from any craft store. Party and toy stores carry halos, too.

GALLERY – And now for the cute kiddies portion of the post! Scroll at your discretion and be inspired by these fun costumes!

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The venerable Fulton Sheen
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St. Vincent de Paul
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Therese of Lisieux
A crusader, St. Francis, Noah and the Venerable Vincent Capadano
A crusader, St. Francis, Noah and the Venerable Vincent Capadano
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Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist – Sr. Elizabeth Ann, little sister, Sr. Jude Andrew and Sr. Mary Elizabeth.
North American Martyrs: St. Jean de LaLande & St. Isaac Jogues.
North American Martyrs: St. Jean de LaLande & St. Isaac Jogues.
St. Isidore the Farmer and St. Dominic Savio
St. Isidore the Farmer and St. Dominic Savio
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Perfect for a knight, this is made from felt and ribbon!
Perfect for a knight, this is made from fabric squares and ribbon!

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Noah and his Ark
Noah and his Ark
Saint Therese
Saint Therese
Saint Joseph
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St. Joan of Arc, Clare as St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

MORE RESOURCES

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For even more ideas visit Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints’s A Colossal Set of Resources on All Saints Day