Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. That is to say that the Eucharist really, truly and substantially is the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Since Christ is present under the appearances of bread and wine in a sacramental way, the Blessed Eucharist is unquestionably a sacrament of the Church. Indeed, in the Eucharist the definition of a Christian sacrament as “an outward sign of an inward grace instituted by Christ” is verified.
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As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.