I suspect, may be it would be better to say I hope, that I’m not the only Latin Catholic that’s confused by two terms. The terms are the Real Presence and Transubstantiation.
I would appreciate it if someone would explain them to me. I appreciate some theological terminology might be required in an answer but I’d prefer an answer to be in plain English as much as possible.
Please do not refer me to Internet links.
Somebody who really does understand these terms will be able to give their own good explanation in plain English and won’t need to refer me on.
To provide you with some basis to my current level of knowledge, my current understanding is:
Real Presence - the liquid/solid substances in/on the chalice, ciborium, monstrance, paten, pyx, tabernacle, etc. appear to all five human senses to be unleavened bread and wine while in fact they are the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of Christ, the same body crucified and blood shed at the Crucifixion, and that both of the sacred species are the Body, Blood, Divinity, and Soul of Christ.
Transubstantiation - an unfathomable mystery that occurs during Mass, celebrated/concelebrated by a validly ordained bishop/priest who has the right intent, uses the proper matter, and says the correct form, by which God, through the Holy Spirit, converts the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.