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Abstract

Using the Bible, Elizabeth Seton’s writings, and contemporary eucharistic theology, Mary Donovan examines what the eucharist meant to Elizabeth and how this impacts what it means for us. It was the Real Presence of Christ in the eucharist and its power to make recipients part of his body that attracted Elizabeth to Catholicism and made the eucharist of central importance in her life. She recognized that it is the eucharist that unifies Christians in one body, which governs how they should treat each other. It also mandates that they continue Christ’s service on earth, becoming his body for that purpose. The liturgy’s relationship to the eucharist is discussed.

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