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Peter Kreeft: What Is God’s Answer to Human Suffering?

The answer is not just a word but the Word; not an idea but a person. Clues are abstract, persons are concrete. Clues are signs; they signify something beyond themselves, something real. Our solution cannot be a mere idea, however true, profound, or useful, because that would be only another sign, another finger, another clue—like fingers pointing to other fingers, like having faith in faith, or hope in hope, or being in love with love. A hall of mirrors.

Besides being here, he is now. Besides being concretely real in our world, he, our answer, is also in our story, our history. Our story is also his-story. The answer is not a timeless truth but a once-for-all catastrophic event, as real as the stories in today’s newspapers.

It is, of course, the most familiar, the most often-told story in the world. Yet it is also the strangest, and it has never lost its strangeness, its awe, and will not even in eternity, where angels tremble to gaze at things we yawn at. And however strange, it is the only key that fits the lock of our tortured lives and needs. We needed a surgeon, and he came and reached into our wounds with bloody hands. He didn’t give us a placebo or a pill or good advice. He gave us himself.

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The Eucharist: symbolic or real?

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Q: The Eucharist: symbolic or real?

Do you think that the Eucharist (“body and blood of Christ” … “bread and wine”) is a symbolic thing, or the real PRESENCE of God. And why do you think that?

A: The Catholic and Orthodox churches have an authentic ministerial priesthood, according to the authority of the original apostles, given to them by Jesus at the Last Supper, and transmitted to their successors through ordination, in the sacrament of Holy Orders.

Consequently, ordinary bread and wine becomes the real and substantial body and blood of Jesus Christ, and Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist: body, blood, soul, and divinity.

None of the protestant Christian denominations have an authentic priesthood or valid holy orders, so they have no power whatsoever to consecrate the authentic eucharist.

As a result, their communion remains purely spiritual and symbolic.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since whenever two or more are gathered in his name, Jesus will be there … but NOT in a physical way.

Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are not included in the above group, since they follow “strange” christs and are not even authentically Christian.

It’s really that simple.