Reconciliation is a gift of healing and forgiveness. Through the sacrament we are assured of God's loving forgiveness and we are reconciled with God, our faith community, and ourselves.
In the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. The whole Christ is truly present -- body, blood, soul, and divinity -- under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ who rose from the dead. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the "Real Presence" of Christ in the Eucharist. It is one one of the three sacraments of initiation.