Summary Against Modern Thought: Final Errors About The Eucharist Cleared Up

Summary Against Modern Thought: Final Errors About The Eucharist Cleared Up

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At long last, the ultimate set of errors about the Eucharist are fixed up this final week, with two small chapters in one.


1 It remains to speculate on the points which belong to the fifth difficulty. It is manifest, of course, from the aforesaid that we can set down as subject of the breaking the dimensions subsisting of themselves. For all that, when dimensions of this kind are broken, the substance of the body of Christ is not broken, because the whole body of Christ remains under every portion.

Notes I suppose it isn’t difficult to think that if Christ is in each individual piece of bread (host), then simply breaking one in half changes nothing

2 Now, to be sure, although this appears difficult, it has an explanation in accord with the things premised. For we said above that the body of Christ is in this sacrament in His substance by force of the sacrament, but the dimensions of the body of Christ are there by their natural accompaniment to the substance; the situation here is contrary to the one in which a body is naturally in a place, for the natural body is in place with those dimensions mediating by which it is measured in the place.

3 But something substantial is related to that in which it is in one way, and something quantified is related in another way. For the quantified whole is in some whole so that the whole is not in the part, but the part is in the part as the whole is in the whole. Hence, too, a natural body is thus in the whole place—a whole which is not whole in every part of the place, but the parts of the body are fitted to the parts of the place. This is because it is in the place by the mediating dimensions. Of course, if a substantial thing is whole in some whole, it is also whole in every part thereof. So, the whole nature and species of water is in every part of water, and the whole soul is in every part of the body.

4 Since, then, the body of Christ is in the sacrament by reason of His substance into which the substance of the bread—the dimensions thereof remaining—has been converted, as the whole species of bread was in every part of its dimensions, so the entire body of Christ is in every part of the same dimensions. Therefore, that breaking or division does not touch on the body of Christ so as to be in it as in a subject, but the subject thereof is the persisting dimensions of the bread or wine; so also we called those dimensions the subject of the other accidents therein persisting.


1 With these difficulties removed, then, it is clear that what ecclesiastical tradition holds about the sacrament of the altar contains nothing impossible for God, who can do all things.

2 Neither is there anything contrary to the teaching of the Church in the word which our Lord spoke to His disciples, who seemed scandalized by His teaching: “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:64). For by these words He did not give them to understand this: in this sacrament His true flesh was not being given to the faithful to eat, but that it is not given to be eaten in an ordinary manner, with the result that, like earthly foods it might be received as macerated in its own appearances. He gave them to understand that it is received in a certain spiritual fashion, apart from the manner of earthly carnal foods.


  1. C-Marie

    Well, of one desires to wade through all of these written words, one can do so, but if the desire to believe Jesus is not present, then even all of these words will be of no effect to produce faith in Christ nor in the Holy Eucharist, for as Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

    God bless, C-Marie

  2. Leo

    A week analogy is that all the information about an analytic function is contained in any neighborhood no matter how small. With due restrictions on the domain of convergence.

  3. Flee

    I have seen original microscopic photographs of the slides prepared from tiny segments of a miraculous Eucharistic host which appeared to ‘bleed’. Traumatised striated heart muscle tissue, and blood replete with white blood corpuscles, is evident. Mr Briggs, please help me understand how Jesus is present entirely and equally in the tiniest particle of a consecrated host as in a larger particle, when what I see in the microscopic photographs is just like any human heart tissue: different on the left side from the right side, different on the top of the image from the bottom, and so on? How do I make sense of a mystical reality when beholding the same reality physically?

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