God Is Near Us

God Is Near Us

The Eucharist, the Heart of Life

Book - 2003
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The Second Vatican Council says, "We ought to try to discover a new reverence for the Eucharistic mystery. Something is happening that is greater than anything we can do. The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is the font from which all her power flows."

This profound statement about the Eucharist stands at the center of this book by Cardinal Ratzinger. He compellingly shows us the biblical, historical, and theological dimensions of the Eucharist. The Cardinal draws far-reaching conclusions, focusing on the importance of one's personal devotion to and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, for the personal reception of Communion by the individual Christian, as well as for the life of the Church. For Ratzinger, any transformation of the world on the social plane grows out of the celebration of the Eucharist. He beautifully illustrates how the omnipotent God comes intimately close to us in the Holy Eucharist, the Heart of Life.

Publisher: San Francisco : Ignatius Press, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780898709629
Branch Call Number: 234.163 BENED
Characteristics: 152 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: A collection of lectures, pastoral letters, sermons, and homilies


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Nov 03, 2017

This short book collects a number of papers, sermons, and talks authored by Joseph Ratzinger between 1963 and 1995, all on the subject of the mystery of the Eucharist. For the priest, bishop, and cardinal, as for the pope he would become, the Eucharist is Emmanuel - "God with us" - the paradigmatic conjunction of Jesus Christ and His Church. For Ratzinger, then, the Eucharist can never be a celebration of the community, rather, it is the celebration that makes the community, the liturgy the place and time where the Crucified draws all things to Himself.


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