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Mike Aquilina brings together 120 of those reflections to encourage and inspire you as you ponder the fire of God's love revealed in the mystery of ...
Mike Aquilina brings together 120 of those reflections to encourage and inspire you as you ponder the fire of God's love revealed in the mystery of the Eucharist.
Posted August 17, 2009
Aquilina has compiled 120 reflections on the Eucharist featuring words of the saints and "Catholics ancient and modern." In the brief introduction, he lays the groundwork, reminding us that in the Eucharist Jesus makes us like himself and shares his divine nature "as generously as once he took up our human nature." Through the Eucharist God builds up a civilization of love to replace he culture of death, he writes. And "Think globally? Act eucharistically.Asking what you can do for your country? Make a good Communion."
Quotations are taken from the Baltimore Catechism, Scripture, and the writings of numerous saints and several lay people. One of the most quoted saints is John Vianney, a nineteenth century French curate who is patron saint of parish priests. The laity featured in this book range from Italian education reformer Maria Montessori to American biographer and commentator George Weigel. The Montessori reflection recounts "visible miracles, seen not only by holy persons, who were assisting at Mass with great faith; but even by people of little fervor, or by absolute unbelievers." Weigel wrote that true worship isn't about looking into another's eyes, it means "looking together, in love, at the One who is Love all the way through."
Aquilina, author of a number of books on Church history and doctrine, provides a nine-page "Voices" section containing biographical information on those quoted. A list of sources is also included.