The claims some people make saying the Eucharist is nothing more than a "cracker". Is not consistent with scripture.
St. Paul says "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself." (1Cor 11:26-29)
I could put my two cents in here, but Karl Keating does a superb job in his book Catholicism and Fundamentalism " 'Plain and simple reason', observed Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman more than a century ago in his lectures on the Real Presence, 'Seems to tell us that the presence of Christ's body is necessary for an offense committed against it. A man cannot be 'guilty of majesty' unless the majesty exists in the object against which his crime is committed. In like manner, an offender against the Blessed Eucharist cannot be described as guilty of Christ's Body and Blood, if these be not present in the Sacrament'.
God spoke and the world was created. Jesus spoke "This is my body" and the Eucharist was created.
Talk at ya Later