US Catholic Faith in Real Life

For this Catholic, real presence is the heart of Catholicism

The Eucharist connects Christ, local community, and global church

By Shemaiah Gonzalez |
Article Your Faith

Corresponding Reader Survey: Catholics explain the heart of what they believe

The first time I attended Mass was on a lunch break at my Protestant seminary. I was working on a master’s degree in pastoral studies in Portland, Oregon and had begun a long-distance relationship with a childhood friend who was a cradle Catholic. Sneaking away from campus between classes, I walked into the small chapel at the Grotto. I wanted to glimpse this man’s faith to determine whether we were compatible.