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J. R. R. Tolkien on the Eucharist

J. R. R. Tolkien’s vivid imagination and creative literary powers were surpassed only by his deep, heartfelt Catholic faith. His love for the Eucharist connected him to his convert mother and ignited his hope for an imperfect world. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was professor of Anglo Saxon at the University of Oxford and the […]

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Jean Vanier on the Eucharist

Everything Jean Vanier did was inspired by his faith in Jesus and his firm belief that Christ has a special place in his heart for the poor and marginalized. Becoming bread for others and receiving their offering was at the heart of his spiritual vision. Jean Vanier, born on September 10, 1928, in Geneva, Switzerland, […]

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Catherine de Hueck Doherty on the Eucharist

Catherine de Hueck Doherty sought to bring the mystical vision of the Christian East to the West in order to renew it and to serve the poor and marginalized. Catherine Kolyschkine (1896-1985) was born in Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia, and raised in an aristocratic family. At the age of 15, she married her cousin Baron Boris de […]

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Robert Hugh Benson on the Eucharist

Robert Hugh Benson’s conversion to Catholicism made him a leading figure in the Catholic literary movement of his day. His writings emphasized Christ’s friendship with us and his humility, both of which are wondrously revealed in the sacrament of the Eucharist. Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was one of the bright lights of the Catholic literary […]

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Henri Nouwen on the Eucharist

Henri Nouwen was an influential spiritual author. His writings touched on a wide range of issues and were flavored by his own struggles and experiences. The Eucharist was one of the mainstays of his spiritual journey. Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996), a Dutch priest, psychologist, pastoral theologian, and spiritual writer, was one of the most […]

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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 synthesis of mysticism, spirituality, and prayer. Dom M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, (1931-2005) was a Trappist monk and one of the founders of the Centering Prayer Movement.1 He entered Saint […]

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Fulton Sheen on the Eucharist

Fulton Sheen’s theology of the Eucharist was rooted in his grasp of the mystical union between Christ and the Church. It was also an expression of devotion, a sacrament he celebrated daily and revered deeply. Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) was an American bishop, theologian, author, radio broadcaster, and Emmy Award winning television personality. He was […]

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Frank Sheed on the Eucharist

Frank Sheed was a devout Catholic, a street preacher, an apologist, a publisher, and a theologian. The Eucharist was central to his teaching, as it is central to the life of the Church. F. J. Sheed (1897-1981) was a popular twentieth-century Catholic lay theologian, public speaker, publisher, translator, and apologist. He was born in Sydney, […]

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G. E. M. Anscombe on the Eucharist

G. E. M. Anscombe’s Catholic faith informed her reasoned search for truth and enabled her to remain true to the highest standards of her profession. G. E. M Anscombe (1919-2001) was a British analytical philosopher and a staunch defender of the Catholic faith. She was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1919, graduated from Sydenham High […]

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