Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity
"Hail, most blessed hope, and most holy redemption!
Hail true flesh of Christ, to me precious above gold and topaz and all most goodly stones!
Hail, most blessed blood of Christ,
poured forth to ransom me, a sinner,
and wash away my stains!
Hail, Jesus Christ, defend me against the ancient enemy." - St. Tresan
This prayer of the 6th century Irish saint, which I came across in Magnificat, demonstrates the ancient faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist. It isn't just a sign. "We eat this body and drink this blood."
Today I think there are Catholics - priests included, who think it is only a sign, a symbol.
I prefer to hold to the faith of the ancients... when I touch the Blessed Sacrament, I am touching Christ Himself.