Defending the Real Presence

A host was found amidst the dust under a kneeler in the Church. A man took the host in his hand and walked out of the Church without consuming it. These sacrileges, and others, are increasing. Such horrors are shaped by a culture that denies the Real Presence and scorns the Eucharistic sacrament.

Brother David Mary and the Knights of the Holy Eucharist have taken up the challenge to defend, protect and educate. “We must be witnesses. Only true and deep devotion will bring others back to faith.” To that end, Brother David calls on young men to join him.

Knights of the Holy EucharistThe Knights are ready to defend the Eucharist with their very lives. They show true reverence–prostrating themselves become the Eucharist during Adoration.  They show others what it means to be in the presence of the Holy of Holies and speak on behalf of the great wonder of Our Lord’s presence.

Our Lord Jesus, who hung on the cross by the spikes driven into His hands, bled and died to rescue us from ignorance and the power of the devil. He asks of us in return such few things: devotion, remembrance and attention to His presence.

The Knights are spreading this powerful truth. They ask you to visit their website at They draw their inspiration from the enthusiastic surrender of St. Francis of Assisi. But St. Thomas Aquinas could be said to be the first true Knight of the Holy Eucharist. He wrote hymns of praise and adoration for the “food of the angels that is consumed by the poor and humble servants on earth.” His glorious hymns, which form the basis for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, have been used for over 750 years.

The Knights of the Holy Eucharist are a small band of lay brothers living in community at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. They began their ministry in 1998 at the request of Mother Angelica and they are on fire with love for the King of kings.

They are now spreading the word–and their calling. They want to show young people a vision of what it means to come before the Lord in true reverence, deep respect and devout attention to His Real Presence. Won’t you join them? Every one of us is called to “spend just one hour with Him:” 

  • Go to Eucharistic Adoration to “just be with Him.”
  • Pray for those who have committed sacrileges against Our Lord.
  • Pray for vocations. Answer “the call” that comes from heaven. Feel the fire that burns within. Allow God to use YOU.
  • Adore Jesus who gives us Himself in the bread of angels!

“A life that is not given away, is a life that is not worth living.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Give your life to Him.


Judith Costello


Judith Costello, MA, OCDS is a Third Order Discalced Carmelite from a rural town in New Mexico. She and her family live on a five acre plot they call "Sagging Acres." Even though Peter, age 18, weed whacks two acres on a regular basis, the weeds keep on growing! With two kids, one goat "kid", several chickens and ducks, Sagging Acres is always busy! Judith writes from her experiences in parenting and in studying the faith. She blogs regularly with and and now with She writes for regional and national publications as well. Her lessons on faith, written for are now available in limited edition book form--"How to Pray Like the Saints" and "To Mary, Our Morning Star." She is an artist and her work can be seen at Peter is heading for Notre Dame.

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  • After a very tiring day, this article rejuvinated my spitrit, and I go to bed with meaningful thoughts and a deeper reverence for our Lord. This was well-written, timely, and very moving. Thank you , Judith.

  • Ben

    Thanks, Judith for your timely article, and for the Knights of the Holy Eucharist – my profound appreciation. Having been a Special Minister of the Eucharist for at least 10 years, I know your feelings on the need for awe and reverence to the Real Presence. In my own modest way, I gladly embrace the Knight’s challenge to defend, protect and educate the Real Presence! Ben

  • NYCFiredog

    This is why we need to go back to communion in the mouth.

  • chaco

    I was raised in a Catholic Mom – Lutheran Dad home that somewhat hindered deeper reflection on theTrue Presence. Until I learned about our participation in Jesus’ offerring, as spoken of by St. Paul in Col. 1: 24, being told that Jesus was present didn’t hold much signifigance for me. I’ve since come up with 3 acronymns to impress on my children the signifigance of Our Lord with us; J. W. T.s – J oys – W orks – T rials [sacri(holy) – fice(to make) ; not only trials can be offerred.] P. O. P. – P assion – O ver – P ain [When we unite our lives with Jesus’ offerring of His, we possess His Victory (“…I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16: 33) ] C.O G. – C apital(bank) – O f – G race (see Col. 1: 24) This way I can spare my children the trial of a sermon by just saying JWT -POP – COG

  • Billy Bean

    I was humbled by your reminder to pray for those in spiritual darkness. Another thought that came to me was that priests should take greater care to guard the sacrament and protect the souls of those who approach the Eucharist, as our Eastern brethren do. Eastern Catholic and Orthodox priests generally pronounce the Christian name of those who present themselves for communion, and will not commune anyone who is obviously not in communion with the Church.