A couple of awesome quotes from Cardinal Ratzinger (who is now Pope Benedict XVI) reflecting on transubstantiation – the changing of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. A great mystery of our faith that seems at least a tad less mysterious after reading these:

“The transformation happens, which affects the gifts we bring by taking them up into a higher order and changes them, even if we cannot measure what happens. When material things are taken into our body as nourishment, or for that matter whenever any material becomes part of a living organism, it remains the same, and yet as part of a new whole it is itself changed. Something similar happens here. The Lord takes possession of the bread and the wine; he lifts them up, as it were, out of the setting of their normal existence into a new order; even if, from a purely physical point of view, they remain the same, they have become profoundly different.” – Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI)

“’Reality’ is not just what we can measure. It is not only ‘quantums,’ quantifiable entities, that are real; on the contrary, these are always only manifestations of the hidden mystery of true being.” – Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI)

The man rocks. Like rocks the Casbah. And he doesn’t even really like Rock’n’Roll.

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Sara March 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm

My son learned to spell Transubstantiation as a second grade extra credit word on his spelling test. Now being in 7th grade he can still spell it and KNOWS what it means! Terrific!

Daniel Kenney March 12, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Matthew, keep up the great work; these are great quotes from Benedict. My all time favorite Theology book is his on Eschatology – please check it out if you have time!

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