More than 50% of Catholics believe the Eucharist is merely a symbol of Christ, according to a recent poll. The True Presence is a core belief of the Catholic faith, instituted by Christ during the Last Supper.
When I joined the Church in 2012, my last hurdle in RCIA was the Eucharist. I had SUCH a difficult time accepting the True Presence, I couldn’t fathom how He was present in the wafer. In truth, I initially thought it was bizarre, and I really struggled with it. I won’t pretend that I fully understand it today, because it IS a mystery, it’s incredible. However, I fully accepted this teaching before joining the Church, I truly believe it. I veil whenever I’m in a Catholic Church because I believe He is truly present in the Eucharist and I veil before Him. We know only Catholics in a state of grace may receive the Eucharist worthily, but how many of us don’t believe He is truly present, and receive in a state of sin? How many of us really don’t think there are consequences to this?
How do we combat errors in faith? Through education. We must take pains to educate ourselves, to read Scripture, the Catechism (a great place to start if you don’t know what we believe!) and reach out when we have questions instead of going our own way. There really isn’t an excuse for ignorance with all of the resources available to us - seek and ye shall find! As a convert, research was imperative in my decision to join the Church, and it was my responsibility as an adult to educate myself if I wished to follow Christ.
Friends, if you’re Catholic, you must believe that He is truly present in the Eucharist. We don’t pick and choose which doctrine to believe. Simply put, we believe all that we profess to believe as members of the Church, or we are heretics.