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January / February 2019


This issue introduces us to two men who lived in the energy of Vatican II. As a young auxiliary bishop, Marcos McGrath attended the first session of the council, was inspired by its agenda, and dedicated himself to renewing the local church he served in every aspect of its life and mission, particularly with regard to the role of the laity. Basil Pennington was a Trappist monk and one of the founders of the Centering Prayer Movement that promoted an ancient form of scriptural prayer for a new age. The Eucharist was important to each of them. James Kroeger, MM, concludes his reflection on the missionary challenges of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, challenges applicable everywhere in our world. I suggest reading “A Celtic Prayer” in the Eucharist & Culture section as a starting-point. Let us be gentle with the Eucharistic bread Christ blessed for us!

Table of Contents


From the Editor
From the Editor (January/February 2019) Free Article
by Anthony Schueller, SSS
Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing
Eucharistic Teachings
Basil Pennington on the Eucharist
by Dennis J. Billy, CSsR
Eucharistic Spirituality
Eucharistic Spirituality
Eucharistic Spirituality
Pastoral Liturgy
Breaking the Word
Eucharist & Culture
Eucharist & Culture (January/February 2019) Free Article
by Various Authors
Eucharistic Witness
Issue Credits

Articles


From the Editor


Free Article

From the Editor (January/February 2019)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has long been a favorite of mine. Once I left the religious and cultural homogeneity of my small home town in the Midwest and [...]

Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing


The Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress: Its Missionary Challenges, Part II

We break the bread of the Eucharist in an unjust world. There is an uninterrupted continuity from the Mass to our mission as Christians in the world. II. Pivotal [...]

Marcos Gregorio McGrath: His Initial Contributions to the “Bridge Theology” of Pope Francis

The Second Vatican Council has a special significance in Latin America. This is especially true due to the influence of Gaudium et Spes (The Church in the Modern [...]

Eucharistic Teachings


Basil Pennington on the Eucharist

Basil Pennington’s approach to the Eucharist blended his Benedictine formation, studies in theology and canon law, and the liturgical impetus of Vatican II in a rich [...]

Eucharistic Spirituality


Pope Francis’ Remarkable Ecumenical Record

Pope Francis has made contacts with ecumenical and interfaith leaders a defining priority of his ministry as the bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church. [...]

Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Net

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and [...]

Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

You Are All His as He Is All Yours The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a [...]

Pastoral Liturgy


Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, Part I

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. I have had the pleasure of writing [...]

Breaking the Word


Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (January/February 2019)

January 1, 2019 Octave Day of Christmas The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 One of the [...]

Eucharist & Culture


Free Article

Eucharist & Culture (January/February 2019)

Art • Music • Film • Poetry • Books ART REVIEW THE VISION OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS (2016)               SEEK THE TRUE CENTER [...]

Eucharistic Witness


Eucharistic Witness (January/February 2019)

Beverly Burke Macedonia, Ohio   Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” Eucharist is a reminder that all I am, all I have — my faith, my family, my friends and parish [...]

Issue Credits

Editor Anthony Schueller, SSS
Art Director Manager John Christman, SSS
Layout Kay Vincent
Circulation Manager Elizabeth Zaller
Book Review Editor Patrick Riley
Photography

John Christman, SSS
Keith Chevalier

Board

Lisa Marie Belz, OSU
Thomas Dragga
James Menkaus
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

Cover

THE VISION OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS (2016)
Grace Carol Bomer
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