Real Presence

What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?

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Publication date: March 12, 2021

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Winner of a first-place award for popular presentation of the faith and second-place in pastoral ministry, catechetical resource from the Catholic Media Association.

Many Catholics don’t believe that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. Rather, they see the bread and wine of Holy Communion as mere symbols of Christ’s body and blood. Is that disbelief just a misunderstanding or is it a blatant rejection of one of the central beliefs of the faith?

In Real Presence, University of Notre Dame theologian Timothy P. O’Malley clears up the confusion and shows you how to learn to love God and neighbor through a deeper understanding of the doctrine of real presence.

A 2019 study by the Pew Research Center found that almost seventy percent of Catholics don’t believe that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist.

O’Malley offers a concise introduction to Catholic teaching on real presence and transubstantiation through a biblical, theological, and spiritual account of these doctrines from the early Church to today. He also explores how real presence enables us to see the vulnerability of human life and the dignity of all flesh and blood.

O’Malley leads you to a deeper understanding and renewed faith in Catholic teaching about transubstantiation and real presence by helping you learn

  • how the doctrine of real presence is rooted in divine revelation and how the Church’s teaching regarding transubstantiation is spiritually fruitful for the believer today;
  • how to make your own the doctrine of real presence by worshipping Christ in the Eucharist and therefore making a real assent to real presence;
  • how the Eucharist, although not the exclusive presence of Christ in the Church’s liturgy and mission, is crucial in growing our capacity for recognizing those other presences; and
  • the important relationship between Eucharistic communion and adoration.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646800551

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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  • “Essential reading.”

    “This book is essential reading at our moment in the Church’s history.”

    Mike Aquilina
    Catholic author and executive vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

  • “What a delightful read!”

    “Experiencing God's presence, not simply knowing the facts of Church teaching, is essential if we are to guide others to discover the gift of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist. In this concise and excellent book, Timothy P. O'Malley helps us recover an integrated understanding of real presence. Once again, he has woven together the academic and pastoral world beautifully. What a delightful read!”

    Ximena DeBroeck
    Interim executive director of the Department of Evangelization
    Director of the Division of Catechetical and Pastoral Formation
    Archdiocese of Baltimore

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    “The Engaging Catholicism series is a powerful tool to bring the beauty and depth of our Catholic theological tradition to those who need it most. This series will help many to truly engage our Catholic faith.”

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