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Child Logic in Church

Real-life Sunday School dialogue from this past weekend:

Teacher:  The Holy Spirit changes the bread and the wine into the Body an Blood of Christ.  The priest puts the consecrated bread (called the Lamb) into the chalice, which has already been filled with wine and warm water.  The chalice represents our unity in Christ — when we receive Communion, we receive Christ and become one with God and one another, like He prayed in today’s Gospel, “that we all may be one.”

Student 1:  So what happens to the leftovers?

Teacher:  The priest consumes whatever is left.

Student 2:  You mean Fr Mark gets drunk every Sunday?

Teacher:  Uh, well, there’s a fair amount of water in there…

I am informed by knowledgeable ecclesiastical authorities that Lucas Dreher, age 8, is Student 2.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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