[quote="James1990, post:3, topic:310011"]
Thank you. But I still dont quite understand it fully. Hmm could you maybe put it in your own words and make it easier to understand?
Also, I'm going to be a cathecism teacher this year so if one of the kids asks I will need to offer a good workable explanation for a group of young teens :)
This is how it was explained to me at school (back in gr 9). I'm paraphrasing from an assignment I did in class. Personally I found the explanation in the links better, but maybe (hopefully) you'll find this easier to understand. And hopefully someone else will reply too with a clearer answer. :o
The Eucharist is Jesus' body, blood, soul and divinity, but still looks, tastes, and feels like bread and wine, even though it's not bread and wine anymore.
Jesus isn't simply spiritually present in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is not just his soul and divinity, but also his body and blood.
Just because it's his body and blood doesn't mean that the bread and wine just turn into cells, tissues, and organs and taste and look like flesh. That would be cannabalism. The Eucharist still appears to be bread and wine, but miraculously, really isn't anymore. It's kind of like a disguise. It looks like bread, but it's actually Jesus.
And each piece of the Eucharist, even when broken into small pieces, is still the whole body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. He isn't any less present in a fragment of a Host compared to an entire host. If it was cannabalism, breaking the Eucharist would be like physically breaking Jesus into pieces, and chewing the Host would be like taking a bite from his arm.