The Catholic Church teaches infallibly that the Eucharist is a sacrifice that is necessary to consume to attain salvation, as an airplane is necessary to cross great distances.

Gospel of St. John 6:53-56

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.

The Didache (AD 70)

"Assemble on the Lord’s day, and break bread and offer the Eucharist; but first make confession of your faults, so that your sacrifice may be a pure one. Anyone who has a difference with his fellow is not to take part with you until he has been reconciled, so as to avoid any profanation of your sacrifice [Matt. 5:23–24]. For this is the offering of which the Lord has said, ‘Everywhere and always bring me a sacrifice that is undefiled, for I am a great king, says the Lord, and my name is the wonder of nations’ [Mal. 1:11, 14]" (Didache 14 [A.D. 70]).

St. Justin Martyr (AD 155)

"God speaks by the mouth of Malachi, one of the twelve [minor prophets], as I said before, about the sacrifices at that time presented by you: ‘I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord, and I will not accept your sacrifices at your hands; for from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, my name has been glorified among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering, for my name is great among the Gentiles . . . [Mal. 1:10–11]. He then speaks of those Gentiles, namely us [Christians] who in every place offer sacrifices to him, that is, the bread of the Eucharist and also the cup of the Eucharist" (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 41 [A.D. 155]).

We know that God sees this sacrifice as perfect, but as to the one giving/consuming the sacrifice it is another matter. Does God always give us all the ordinary graces that come with its consumption regardless of our dispositions(state of grace presupposed)?

The Question in it's formality:

Assuming that we are in a state of grace, can the Eucharist be more or less beneficial to us based on our dispositions?

Scenario Examples:

((1)) Two men, in a state of grace, consume the Eucharist. But the first man has a sundays-only-catholic attitude while the second man is on fire for God, both of them believe in the real presence but neither of them worship Jesus in the Eucharist. Do they receive equal blessings of God?

((2)) Two women, in a state of grace, consume the Eucharist. But the first woman regards the Eucharist as merely a symbolic act, while the second woman recognizes and worships Christ in the Eucharist. Do they receive equal blessings of God?

PS: Yes the Eucharist takes away all venial sins regardless of dispositions provided we are in a state of grace, but that is just taking away, I am speaking of what it can potentially give based on our dispositions. The extras if you want.

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    Has the Church ever actually said the Eucharist is as necessary to salvation as an airplane is to long distance travel? If so, it suggests that the Eucharist is merely convenient rather than essential. Ships travel long distances, and there is the Trans-Siberian railway. If one wished to visit the moon, for whatever reason, an airplane would be unsuitable. – davidlol Aug 10 at 4:25

The sacrament in itself is sufficient for giving grace, but the dispositions of the recipient can hinder the action of the sacramental grace.

Discussing whether one can receive the Eucharist daily, St. Thomas Aquinas writes (Summa Theologica III q. 80 a. 10 co.):

There are two things to be considered regarding the use of this sacrament.

  1. The first is on the part of the sacrament itself, the virtue of which gives health to men; and consequently it is profitable to receive it daily so as to receive its fruits daily. Hence Ambrose says (De Sacram. iv): "If, whenever Christ's blood is shed, it is shed for the forgiveness of sins, I who sin often, should receive it often: I need a frequent remedy."

  2. The second thing to be considered is on the part of the recipient, who is required to approach this sacrament with great reverence and devotion. Consequently, if anyone finds that he has these dispositions every day, he will do well to receive it daily. Hence, Augustine after saying, "Receive daily, that it may profit thee daily," adds: "So live, as to deserve to receive it daily." But because many persons are lacking in this devotion, on account of the many drawbacks both spiritual and corporal from which they suffer, it is not expedient for all to approach this sacrament every day; but they should do so as often as they find themselves properly disposed. Hence it is said in De Eccles. Dogmat. liii: "I neither praise nor blame daily reception of the Eucharist."

The "woman [who] regards the Eucharist as merely a symbolic act" of your second scenario disbelieves in transubstantiation and is thus a heretic; she thus receives "unworthily, [and] shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord" (1 Cor. 11:27).

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    @geremiah To be consistent in your answer, you need to affirm that the two men are also heretics who are also bound for hell per your religion. Neither the one woman (as you mention) nor the two men understand the Catholic position like the one woman who worships the bread/wine as Christ. – SLM Aug 10 at 3:48
  • Worshipping Jesus in the Eucharist isn't an obligation from what I know. The obligation is to worship Jesus, not necessarily in the Eucharist, both men know the dogma and believe it. In the case of the women, the first woman has materialized heresy but has not formalized it. – Destynation Y Aug 10 at 13:37
  • Real presence is also not the same doctrine as transubstantiation. Again as pointed out in this answer, the one woman WORSHIPS the created bread/wine as Christ. The other woman does not. The two men do not. To be consistent, the answer should condemn all three to hell. – SLM Aug 10 at 13:45

"The Catholic Church teaches infallibly that the Eucharist is a sacrifice that is necessary to consume to attain salvation, as an airplane is necessary to cross great distances."(Your statement)

The Catholic Church not only teaches the Holy Eucharist as necessary to consume to attain salvation, it's more than that it is the "source and summit of the Christian Life". (CCC1324)

2031 The moral life is spiritual worship. We "present [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God," within the Body of Christ that we form and in communion with the offering of his Eucharist. In the liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments, prayer and teaching are conjoined with the grace of Christ to enlighten and nourish Christian activity. As does the whole of the Christian life, the moral life finds its source and summit in the Eucharistic sacrifice.

The Holy Eucharist is a very hard teaching to accept during Jesus discourse, and it's so important that Jesus never compromise or doesn't care if the people at that time refuse to accept and turn their back on Him.

Even all the Apostles too, almost are thinking to leave Jesus, until the contemplative heart of Peter speaks saying "Lord, to whom shall we go you have the words of eternal life." See Peter, are now eyeing on Jesus promise of eternal life, the Apostles were confused too but Peter already knew and understand that there's is life after death and only by following Jesus one can attain it. And this words of Peter kept all the Apostles from following the body of believers who left Jesus.Peter words strengthen and enlighten them.

Why, the Eucharist is so important?

Our bodies are corruptible, and Jesus wants to transform our corruptible bodies into incorruptible, meaning spiritual bodies thru transfiguration by eating His glorified/resurrected flesh & blood.

A Christian cannot by mere reading and meditation of scriptures can transform his corruptible body into incorruptible bodies.Only by eating the "flesh & blood" of resurrected Jesus.

1000 This "how" exceeds our imagination and understanding; it is accessible only to faith. Yet our participation in the Eucharist already gives us a foretaste of Christ's transfiguration of our bodies:

Just as bread that comes from the earth, after God's blessing has been invoked upon it, is no longer ordinary bread, but Eucharist, formed of two things, the one earthly and the other heavenly: so too our bodies, which partake of the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, but possess the hope of resurrection.

So, at baptism we are form into a "new creature" the Holy Eucharist completes the Christian initiation. (CCC1322).

The Holy Eucharist explain the mystery of the incorruptibility of the numerous body of saints.

So, if you are a Catholic we must always seek the abiding presence of Christ not only in bible reading but more importantly by eating the very WORD the LOGOS who are yearning oneness in our bodies intimately.This is the Catholic important advantage over our Christian brothers.

Your other questions:

Assuming that we are in a state of grace, can the Eucharist be more or less beneficial to us based on our dispositions?

((1)) Two men, in a state of grace, consume the Eucharist. But the first man has a sundays-only-catholic attitude while the second man is on fire for God, both of them believe in the real presence but neither of them worship Jesus in the Eucharist. Do they receive equal blessings of God?

Answer

God looks in the heart, not by appearance. Human as we are God has not given us faculties to quantify His graces. The Catholic Church and all the Saints assures us that the time spent in Holy Mass and by receiving the Holy Eucharist the faithfuls will receive the graces necessary towards his sanctification to strengthen his faith even more.

((2)) Two women, in a state of grace, consume the Eucharist. But the first woman regards the Eucharist as merely a symbolic act, while the second woman recognizes and worships Christ in the Eucharist. Do they receive equal blessings of God?

Answer

The example is flawed, if you are in the 'state of grace" the Holy Spirit will guide you to the Truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and your conversion rest in his salvific works.As scriptures, God will supply what is lacking in your faith.

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippinas4:19)

PS: Yes the Eucharist takes away all venial sins regardless of dispositions provided we are in a state of grace, but that is just taking away, I am speaking of what it can potentially give based on our dispositions. The extras if you want.

The Catholic Church teaching is the Holy Trinity is inseparable, by receiving the Holy Eucharist your strengthen to do the Will of the Father and by abiding presence of Christ you will be empowered by the Holy Spirit thru the outpouring of his graces in the Holy sacrifice of the Mass.

As St.Peter Julian Eymard said;

"If we have the Eucharist what else do we need."

PS : When you consume the Holy Eucharist it's not only the Most Holy Trinity that will dwells in our heart. Don't forget that the Holy Eucharist is the Immaculate Body (flesh & blood) of Blessed Mary in a glorified/resurrected form that Jesus offered in Calvary.So the Theotokos is also there for you as your Spiritual Mother as a bonus if you are looking for extras.

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