How can I explain the Eucharist?

I was talking to a colleague who said that the Eucharist isn’t really the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It was just a symbol of what Jesus was trying to say. We Catholics take the Bible too literally! How can I explain this to him. Thanks for the good works you do.

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Recommended Reading:
The Eucharist IS Scriptural!**
]Transubstantiation for Beginners by Canon Francis J. Ripley
The Glory of Transubstantiation by Abbot Vonier**
]**Real Presence (Fathers)**
]Christ in the Eucharist
]Who Can Receive Communion?
]**Sacrifice of the Mass (Fathers)

*]The Institution of the Mass

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