[quote=Paris Blues]I was watching EWTN and you know how they have a short 2 min. something like that of “Miracles of the Eucharist” where the bread and wine miraculiously (forget spelling! LOL!) turns into the real literal Blood and Flesh. JAW DROPS This is a mystery…but I wish it would happen at ALL Catholic churches!
All right…I’ll admit that I’m having a hard time believing that…I would like to believe but how can I convince myself? There’s something wrong with me!
No, there is nothing wrong with you. It does seem unbelievable, but as another poster pointed out, so are many other mysteries in Christianity. As and ex- atheist, I thought God was unbelievable and especially a virgin birth and a man that was also God’s son and our Savior?? Come 'on. It all seemed very hard to believe until I did believe in God, none of it made sense.
I suggest studying Church Authority, so that you trust her more. Get whatever kind of book that “speaks to you” and is about Church Authority. I read Jesus, Peter and the Keys - the Papacy and it helped me a lot.
The other thing is Adoration. Have you been to Eucharistic Adoration? This is what opened my mind. I was not yet baptized, but I went to adoration and after about 45 mins. I had a feeling that made me feel like Jesus was there in front of me on the altar. I won’t go into long detail, but this opened my mind up.
Then, when you do receive Communion, I think you will be sure of the “Real Presence” because of how you feel and you will have a longing for it. I actually felt like my soul needed it for food. Sounds silly, but as I said, lots of Christianity sounds silly until you believe in God and realize that all things are possible. He has no limit, but to decide between fact and fiction, you have the Church and to help you understand, you have the Bible and The Church. Read Jesus’ own words about the Eucharist at the Last Supper in the Gospels. Read how strong of a point he is making about it being His flesh INDEED. It is unbelievable, but it is true. Give it time and keep studying Scripture and go to Adoration somewhere. You may have to experience Communion to become fully convince, but just don’t have the thought in your head that God couldn’t or wouldn’t turn bread into The Body of Jesus. You know that he could and from the Bible, it seems that he would.
Read Exodus Chapter 12 and then Read John Chapter 1 and Chapter 6. Jesus is the Sacrificial Lamb. It seems strange to us to offer a lamb for the forgiveness of our sins, but I think it was what Jews did. It wouldn’t have seemed strange to them at all that they would eat what they sacrificed to God. Keep studying.
I’ve only been Catholic for about 3 yrs. now, but it makes sense. There is nothing wrong because you doubt some things, but feed yourself with good information and as much spiritual help as you can get through prayer, scripture, Priests, adoration, the Rosary and eventually, you feel quite confident that The Church will guide you and you will know the truth.