Let me first point out that I am an active and faithful Catholic and that the following is honestly asked with faith seeking deeper and fuller understanding.
I am fairly well versed in typical apologetics, but I something occurred to me today that I have been tossing back and forth in my head:
How am I to tell, personally, the difference between the Eucharist - Christ, the risen and living God - and an unconsecrated host - simple bread - assuming that I am presented both and both have comparable accidents (appearance, etc).
Obviously the Eucharist is a source of sacramental and saving grace, but how am I, as an individual, to distinguish the effects of that grace from, say, the effects of the grace I might receive from prayer after I received what I was made to believe was actually the Eucharist (when it, in reality, was not)?
Thanks in advance for any replies!