To the editor:
“The Real Presence is a leap of faith” was marvelously catechetical and tutorial, excellent reading for students in religious education, for RCIA, for Catholics desiring deeper faith. But the picture caption was disappointing: “Catholics believe the body and blood of Jesus Christ is wholly present in the host and wine‚Ä¶.” Such misrepresentation is common in the secular press, not in the diocesan newspaper. Christ isn’t “in” the wine or bread as some Protestant denominations assert. Although the “accidents” remain, there’s no longer any bread or wine; each has become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
This isn’t about just one picture caption; mistakes happen. Rather, it’s about how one can easily slip from witnessing to waffling in fully espousing the Divine Presence. One deacon asked: “Do you know where the bread station is?” I replied “We don’t have a bread station.” … “Of course you do. Where does the priest distribute the hosts?” I pointed: “Right there.” “Well that’s all I wanted to know.” …
We give witness, by words or by silence, especially to children, to the less catechized and to prospective converts. I pray every Catholic always speaks correctly and reverently of the Divine Presence. I pray we correct each other in charity. I pray our tongues as well as our genuflecting knees give witness.
Diane C. Harris
South Lake Road