How’s this for an excellent conclusion? From the final page to Lyndon Shakespeare’s Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management:
When Aquinas focuses on the bread and wine, he is not merely addressing the elements associated with the Eucharist, he is making the larger claim that matter matters, it overflows with meaning. For what are human beings but a certain kind of material item in the world, and yet animals that are meaning-making and symbol-sharing embodied souls? It is, for Aquinas, one of the wonders of what it means to be human that we are animals of a kind, ones with potential abilities to transcend our materiality through the formation of communities defined by divine caritas (204).