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Is Jesus present for 15 minutes after we receive him in the Eucharist?

Question:

I have heard that Jesus is present in a very special way for 15 minutes after you receive his precious body and blood. Is this true? My RCIA director does not believe this.

Answer:

It usually takes about ten minutes for the host and the precious blood to be diluted and assimilated in the stomach. During these minutes the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ reside sacramentally within the person’s body in the most intimate of communions.

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