How is the Eucharist not a violation of Lenten abstentence?


This question posed by a non-Catholic Christian. If we believe in the eucharist is the body blood soul and divinity of Christ, is receiving on Friday’s in Lent against our duty to abstain from meat? I know the answer is no; I am looking for an explaination that will satisfy this non-Catholic Christian.



Jesus is present in the Eucharist sacramentally and not physically in the sense thatwe eat a part of His body such as a finger or hair. He is present under the appearances of bread and wine. So we are not eating meat when we sacramentally receive His body and blood.

At the Last Supper Jesus was present to Apostles both physically and sacramentally. They saw His physical body before them and then received His body and blood sacramentally. He is present to us only sacramentally.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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