Madeline, out of the blue: Mommy, what’s the Eucharist?
Oh, boy and I thought explaining what jails were recently and what an emergency was the other day was tough.
Me: Okay, let me think how to explain. It’s about giving thanks to Jesus. You know when I go up for Communion and you get blessed?
Me: Well, I’m receiving the Bread of Life, Jesus, nourishment. Kind of like how the food you eat helps your body and helps you feel strong. The Eucharist helps my soul. It gives me strength. It helps me live my life better, with more love. Wait, let me go get a book I have.
(I race to a nearby bookshelf and pull off Catechism for Kindergartners. HELP! I peruse the section on the Eucharist. Hmmmm…it has a lot of big words for a 3-year-old.)
Me: Okay, Madeline. Let me read this to you, but it has some pretty big words that you may not understand. But, you know, there are a lot of things about our faith that I don’t even understand. Sometimes you just have to believe with your heart.
Madeline: Don’t worry. I’ll understand. I can say big words like “John Jacob Jingleheimer Smit.”
Oh, then you’ll have no problem understanding things like the Most Blessed Sacrament and transubstantiation.