A father gave a beautiful crucifix to his young daughter. Then he asked her, “Annie, what’s the difference between the figure of Jesus on the crucifix and the Host which the priest holds up at the Consecration of the Mass?”
Annie didn’t hesitate a moment, “When I look at the figure on the cross I see Jesus ,and He isn’t there. When I look at the Host, I don’t see Jesus, but He is there.”
This is the true nature of the Most Holy Eucharist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but how much do we really know about the Mass? Before we look a little deeper into the Mass, let’s first look at a couple of the mechanics.
Space does not permit the extensive answer this question deserves, so I recommend that readers obtain a copy of Karl Keating's book Catholicism and Fundamentalism, in which Mr. Keating devotes an entire chapter to this question. Still, I'll attempt an adequate defense of the Church's teaching on the subject of infant baptism.