Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

TRANSFORMATION

A term used, especially by the Greek Fathers of the Church, to describe what happens at Mass when the bread and wine are changed into Christ's body and blood. St. Thomas Aquinas makes clear, however, that "this conversion is not according to form, but according to substance" (Summa Theologica, III, 75, 4). An ontological change in the substance occurs at the eucharistic consecration. (Etym. Latin trans-, so as to change + forma, the form: transformare, to change in shape or form.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Spiritual riches and poverty 1 hours ago
Vibrant Catholicism, 1: Lamenting the entire 20th century 7 hours ago
Holding bishops accountable: the next steps May 27
The real story behind the French ambassador's nomination to the Holy See May 27
A joyful noise unto the Lord: Goal met! May 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days