Okay so my parents came over yesterday to help me put up my own Christmas tree.
Later we were sitting down and drinking hot tea and eating cookies and talking. Earlier I had asked how their church service went (to be respectful) and they said it went well (they are Presbyterian). I used to go to their church before becoming a Catholic but that was over a year ago. They have their Communion every first Saturday/Sunday of the month. My dad told me about how they had their Communion and all that and he explained to me how the pastor breaks the bread (I remember seeing the dude do this too when attending awhile back) and says something like, “It will become the body of Christ in our faith” and same with the Blood, etc.
I try to respect their beliefs and they respect mine (the Eucharist) BUT, I just can’t accept the fact that other Christian religions do their Communion so different from the CC!!! Why? I can’t explain it. I know I sound self-righteous and prideful - which I TRY VERY HARD not fall into - but don’t tell me that OUR Communion is oh, just “another belief”! Let me explain: Protestants have their Communion and their beliefs which is fine but it gets to me enough that it makes ME think, “oh, so does that mean the Eucharist is just another belief that we Catholics believe?”
Do I make sense?
My dad brought that up because he remembered what I told him about the Eucharist and I told him that Christ is substantially present and he said, “I know”.
I was going to tell him that Christ instituted the Eucharist and not symbolic but I told myself not to.
See what I mean? You can’t talk to other Christians about your beliefs otherwise you end up thinking, oh maybe ours is just another belief too.