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That's the great thing about Catholicism - it's very vague and no-one knows what its really all about.
Not surprised, I only have a basic understanding of idea of the Accident/Substance thing & I'm not even sure that's right. It looks wrong: for one thing (in my example) how do we distinguish between an axe-head and an ingot. The substance (i.e. what an axe head is) must exist separate to actual axe-heads. Compounding this is what is the arbiter of what an axe head actually is. we'd probably describe something similar, but imagine a flint or bronze-age axe and they look quite different. Explaining the function wouldn't work either: some chop wood, some were used as weapons and some were used to kill wounded horses. It all rapidly breaks down into the meanings of words. Well beyond my little brain.
The "Substance/Accidentals" (a.k.a. Trans-substantiation) is generally acknowledged as an inadaquate description, but the best one so far (unfortunately). There are no scriptural references indicating how Jesus would change bread and wine into His Body and Blood. But, I believe that many (most?) Christian denominations accept that it does/did happen, at least at the Last Supper when Jesus, himself, said the bread was His body and the wine was His blood, and there's no indication there that the appearance of the bread and wine changed.
Abba Theodore the Asian, formerly a grazer in the Jordanian desert, said: "I was at Latros, a mountain in Asia, when the Slavs came to a village and entered the church. They scoffed at the priest who would not give them the sacrament and at his belief that it did not break down in the stomach. So they made him eat all the eucharistic bread, then cut him open. They found nothing."
it physically becomes Jesus's body and blood. Because of this belief, if you're not Catholic, you would not understand/respect the communion process. Its my understanding that Catholics are the only religion that beleives that communion is physically Jesus's body.
And that's why i'm atheist. Doesn't feel like cannibalism is right every f****** sunday.
btw: i converted to atheism when i was 18. i had my communion.
Hmm i wonder why its doing that......ARGHS NO STOP, ROLLBACK ROLLBACK...F*** That's how i learned to "Always Backup"!!
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Social Security ... he better not do away with that ... oh sh!t look at the first word in SS ... or when your house catches fire or someone robs you or Sandy blows your house away ... no one complains about the social services then ...
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