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Your son is taking the Word of God to heart.
The Eucharist or Holy Communion remembers Jesus when he gave his disciples bread, saying, "This is my body" and gave them wine saying, "This is my blood".
The substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus is symbolically changed in this most sacred ceremony.
Your son was not trying to hurt himself, but rather trying to prepare himself for this most awesome (to a true believer) event.
He should be encouraged by his priests and is not in need of counseling for this act.
If he has oppositional defiance (which may merely be an outcome of the ADHD), then he should continue therapy.
This act, I believe, was merely an act of faith in the divinity of Christ. I would accept his word and not be swayed by a doubting teacher's concern.
If the wine were to change to blood in his mouth (Transubstantiation) then he would want to know what it would be like.
I would encourage his religious participation and let it be a rock upon which he can build his moral life.
I shall keep him and your family in my prayers.
Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC
Dear XXXXXtie, He is only 7 years old and he has been told this story that is believed by the priest and true believers. It is not in line with mainstream culture but then again religion is not. You are sending him to Catholic school and this idea of taking something into his mouth that is supposed to be blood is a disturbing and awesome idea. If you feel you must take him to a psychologist, then take him to an observant Catholic one so that he understands why your son did this. If your son was not Catholic and was not going to have Communion and did not know about it, then it would be aberrant behavior. Taken in cultural context it is not. If he begins to hurt himself or others, including animals, then you should have reason to worry. Because of the context of this event, however, it is not something to worry about, particularly if it is an isolated incident. A seven year old boy cannot understand abstract reasoning yet and I really do not think you should be concerned about this incident. When you bring it up with his developmental peds, make sure to tell him or her the context of the event. Your son was only exercising curiosity and displaying a bit of fear about the coming event in which he will put God's flesh and blood into his mouth. Please understand that this is a bit scary to someone who is too young to possibly understand the abstract subtleties of transubstantiation. Warm regards, Elliott
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