Eucharist: The Source of Life!

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me."

It is a whimsical fact that a huge number of anti-Catholics spend enormous quantities of energy trying to prove that Catholics "worship Mary."  Even in an age of mass communication, this goofy 19th-century Know-Nothing charge is still leveled by people who really ought to know better.  And, of course, as with all such goofy charges (sustainable only by the ability to read minds) the Catholic has a simple reply: "I don't worship Mary."  The reply is based on a simple fact: if you cannot read minds, the only way you can know what somebody worships is to ask them.  If they say they do not worship Mary then that's that.  End of story.  Yet the golden opportunity (tactically speaking) that many such critics of the Faith overlook is this: though Catholics don't worship Mary, we do worship the Eucharist.  We really do hail it as the "source of our life" and adore it exactly as we adore God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Of course, it's still not idolatry for the simple reason that Catholics believe Jesus wasn't kidding when He said "this is My body" and that to worship Jesus is what the Christian faith is all about.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Guest

    On the Journey Home, EWTN, last week,  the guest remarked that in certain Protestant "traditions"  the action of prayer is the equivalent of woship, therfore only due to God.  If this be true, then it goes a long way explaining why they think we WORSHIP Mary.  Whereas in the Catholic faith we do not equate all prayer with worship.  Moreover, I wish we would more often state that we are really asking Mary and/or the saints to INTERCEDE for us realizing that all things come from God.

  • Guest

    Thank you for your reflection today.  It meant a great deal to me.  I brought the rosary to adoration last night, with the intention to pray it.  However, I ended up just sitting in the presence of the Lord, in simple prayer.  Jesus is who we love.  We love Mary too, but not as much as our Lord.  I think she wants it that way, too.