Born of the Eucharist: A Sprirituality for Priests

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Pope John Paul II once said that the priest is "above all, a man of the Eucharist." In the spirit of this statement, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti weaves together reflections on the Eucharist from over twenty notable contributors, including Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Donald Wuerl, and the late Cardinal Avery Dulles. Moving personal narratives combine with timely and accessible spiritual reflections to make this book a must-read meditation ...

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Pope John Paul II once said that the priest is "above all, a man of the Eucharist." In the spirit of this statement, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti weaves together reflections on the Eucharist from over twenty notable contributors, including Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Donald Wuerl, and the late Cardinal Avery Dulles. Moving personal narratives combine with timely and accessible spiritual reflections to make this book a must-read meditation on the importance of the Eucharist in the life of the priest, and that of the Church.

Endorsements: "The Eucharist proclaims the mystery of the God who dies, who experiences human suffering and death out of love in order 'to draw all things' to Himself. In the Mass, I am confronted with a God who reaches out to me with wounded human hands."
Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.

Half way through Born of the Eucharist: A Spirituality for Priests an image came clearly to me, a memory, of a panificio, an Italian bakery. Just passing by, you are surrounded by the aroma of bread baking. Then, as you walk in, there are big baskets of several kinds of bread, of various shapes and different sizes—round, elongated, flat, and in several shades of tan color.

The flavors, consistency, and crusts are multiple, some slightly sweet, others tending to a sour or a more salty palate; some soft, others crunchy. All make my mouth water, yet each of them is that same basic food—bread—beautiful, tasty, and nutritious.

So too is this book, a rich and varied collection of essays of different lengths and approaches. They range from theological and scriptural reflections like those of Cardinals Avery Dulles, S.J.and Albert Vanhoye, S.J., to deep and more experience-based meditations like the beautiful writing by Fr. Gabriel O'Donnell, O.P. In addition, there are panini—small breads of one or a few pages—that catch and share a specific aspect of the "bread of life" in the life of the priest.

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, who also contributes a few deep and personal reflections, is the chief baker, who has compiled a healthy book for the hungry priest. Young men in discernment will likewise experience an increased hunger for the priesthood. Finally, Catholics who seek to learn about the dynamic relationship between the Eucharist and the priest will be nourished, enlightened, and uplifted by reading this book.

Fr. Italo Dell'Oro, C.R.S.
Director, Ministry to Priests
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Born of the Eucharist is a call to integrity, to prayerful reflection, and to response. Read the whole book at once if you so desire, but be sure to read it again. It is that powerful. Read it piecemeal, preferably in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, to grasp the depth of love contained in its pages as priest after priest reveals his personal eucharistic spirituality. Applying the insights gained and incorporating them into our daily lives could bring priests together in deeper love of the Eucharist and through it to a deeper love and appreciation for each other. This would make an excellent book for a priest to take on his annual retreat. A truly uplifting book!
Rev. Msgr. James E. Wall
Vicar for Priests
Diocese of Buffalo, NY

From the hearts and minds of shepherds—well known and not— here is a lively gathering of eucharistic wisdom that renders priesthood freshly palpable. Clearly, the priests and bishops who come together in this volume to witness to the power of the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist in their lives, draw their strength and joy from this most blessed of sacraments. Born of the Eucharist is a real opportunity for each of us priests to return to the Lord's Table, the source of our vocation, and be renewed in the joy. Msgr. Stephen Rossetti serves his brother priests very well in hosting this gathering.
Rev. Raymond P. Roden, Psy. D.
Vicariate for Clergy and Consecrated Life
Diocese of Brooklyn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594712173
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a priest in Syracuse, New York, and a licensed psychologist. He is currently President and CEO of Saint Luke Institute, a treatment center for clergy and religious in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the author of Behold Your Mother and The Joy of Priesthood.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Miracles Before the Eucharist Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan 7

Priest and Eucharist: No Higher Calling Cardinal Avery Dulles 11

What I Truly Wanted Rev. Peter Murphy 27

A Monastic Yearning for Christ Rev. Kevin Walsh 29

Who is Christ Present in the Eucharist? Rev. Msgr. John J. Strynkowski 31

A Hunger for the Eucharist Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti 43

Universal Communion Cardinal Francis George 45

Eucharist as the Source of Priestly Identity Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl 47

Holy Uselessness Rev. Msgr. J. Wilfrid Parent 61

The Eucharist Strengthens Us in Difficult Times Most Rev. John B. McCormack 63

Communion in a Fractured World Rev. Anthony Oelrich 65

The Pearl of Great Price Rev. David L. Toups 67

Absolute Transcendent Mystery Rev. Benedict J. Groeschel 77

Never Far From Home Rev. Timothy A. Butler 79

A Few Thoughts on the Eucharist Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini 81

The Eucharist: A Call to Priestly Holiness Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti 83

A Journal Entry Most Rev. Victor B. Galeone 101

Disconnected Eucharistic Memories Rev. Stephen Wang 103

A Surprising Gift of Belief Rev. Kevin M. McDonough 105

Gathering the Fragments: Making the Connections Rev. Msgr. John Zenz 107

Entering the Paschal Mystery Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin 121

At Mass with Padre Pio Rev. Msgr. Paul A. Lenz 123

The Luckiest People on Earth Rev. Brendan Daly 125

The Eucharist-Heart of the Priest's Life Rev. Gabriel B. O'Donnell 127

God Waits for Me Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti 141

A Lover's Longing for Communion Rev. George E. Stuart 143

Thanksgiving for God's Victory of Love Cardinal Albert Vanhoye 145

What you Receive as a Gift, Give as a GiftRev. Edward J. Arsenault 155

Go and Live the Mass! Rev. Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi 157

Conclusion 161

Abbreviations 165

Contributors 167

Notes 173

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    This book is a collection of reflections by priests and bishops on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of Catholic Priests. Among the authors are Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. The book is a very good and is particularly useful, though not only for priests, but for seminarians, deacons, religious and all who might be seeking a way to make the Eucharist the center of their lives as well. I have found it helpful personally to refer back to every now and again. Some essays are scholarly while others are personal reflections, but they all combine to make this a very good book.

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