Category Archives: Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Ecclesia de Eucharistia 32

Pope John Paul II lamented sizable communities who might otherwise have a priest, but don’t. No solutions were forthcoming here, though. Nothing about bishops reassigning clergy from the central see to parishes in need. 32. All of this shows how … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 31

John Paul II wrote this section for priests. I have no doubt it is lensed through his personal experiences and his obvious devotion to the celebration of Mass, as we’ve seen  on so many occasions in his public ministry. 31. … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 30

Ecumenism and the Sacrament of Baptism give us cause for hope regarding the degree of unity we do have in the Church today: 30. The Catholic Church’s teaching on the relationship between priestly ministry and the Eucharist and her teaching on the … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 29

The local community is dependent on the bishop, a person whose office is rooted in the Church’s apostolicity, to provide a “president” for the celebration of the Eucharist. 29. The expression repeatedly employed by the Second Vatican Council, according to … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 28

Continuing from yesterday’s post, the third sense of the Church’s apostolicity: 28. Lastly, the Church is apostolic in the sense that she “continues to be taught, sanctified and guided by the Apostles until Christ’s return, through their successors in pastoral … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 27

How does the Catechism define “apostolic”? Three reasons, the first two of which we will examine here: 27. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in explaining how the Church is apostolic – founded on the Apostles – sees three meanings … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 26

We’ll spend the next eight days with Chapter Three, “The Apostolicity of the Eucharist and of the Church.” A brief section to get us primed: 26. If, as I have said, the Eucharist builds the Church and the Church makes … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 25

On the worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass: 25. The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. This worship is strictly linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 24

The Eucharist is a means for God to influence the basic unity to which we human beings are called, just by who we are and how God has made us: 24. The gift of Christ and his Spirit which we … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 23

We looked the eschatological reality of the Eucharist in EdE 21. Then the evangelical in EdE 22. Today John Paul II reflects on the communal and ecclesiological while mentioning two important considerations, participation in a shared community meal: 23. Eucharistic … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 22

The sacraments are not just a matter of getting something from God, though many Christians emphasize that. Perhaps understandably–some of us think we have nothing substantive to offer back to God. Baptism and Eucharist involve a mutual exchange, a spiritual … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 21

Chapter 2, “The Eucharist Builds the Church,” runs from today’s post to numbered section 25. 21. The Second Vatican Council teaches that the celebration of the Eucharist is at the centre of the process of the Church’s growth. After stating … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 20

This is a long section, but an important one in this document. 20. A significant consequence of the eschatological tension inherent in the Eucharist is also the fact that it spurs us on our journey through history and plants a … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 19

Pope John Paul II describes this connection to the end things as a “tension.” Not a surprise. We all know of the Catholic need for a certain surety about the Eucharist. That the liturgy might be merely a means to a … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 18

Pope John Paul II implies that the Eucharist is a means to an end, and not itself the final result. The Eucharist points toward a “future glory.” 18. The acclamation of the assembly following the consecration appropriately ends by expressing … Continue reading

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