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Title: To the Eucharist

To the Eucharist
If the Church of Pittsburgh is going to grow, and
if we are going to be excited about our faith, we
must, in every act of our faith, appreciate the
greatest gift of God to usChrist in the
Eucharist. Bishop Zubik, The Church Alive! (17)
Follow our Shepherd, Bishop Zubik on this ten
minute retreat and reflect on the great gift of
the Eucharist as we cultivate
the Church Alive!
Progress through the slides and meditate on the
images, words, and prayers offered. Pray
with us now,
  • Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself
    our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
  • Fulfill this longing through Jesus,
  • the bread of life, so that we may witness to
    him who alone satisfies the hungers of the human
  • By the power of your Spirit lead us to the
    heavenly table where we may feast on the vision
    of your glory for ever and ever. Amen.

As Catholics, . we have come to understand
. the great gift which Jesus Christ instituted
as a means for us . to abide in the life of
God .the Holy Eucharist. . Bishop
David A. Zubik, The Church Alive! (17)
Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist,
and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of
thinking. St. Irenaeus
  • Jesus said to them,
  • Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the
    flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
    you do not have life within you. Whoever eats
    my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
    and I will raise him on the last day. For my
    flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

John, Chapter 6. Verses 53-55
  • Why does Jesus choose to become so helpless, to
    come in the appearance of

Bread and wine?
These two desiresone divine, one humanmeet
in the Eucharist.
Not only because man hungers and thirsts for God.

Rather, God desires man first.
  • When we consume the Eucharist, we
    are drawn into a love that transcends time.
  • Eternity is that boundless fountain of love, the
    Father and the Son united and overflowing in
    their Holy Spirit of love
  • a love that is ever young, that does not
    fail, that does not weary, that does not
    betray, that does not fall prey to death

  • This is the faithful love that we hunger and
    thirst for.

This is the love made really present in the
The sacrificial love of Jesus has somehow,
mysteriously, always been there.
  • Before ever molecular cloud collapsed into
    flame in the first stars, there was Love, open to
    us without defense, without reserve.
  • True love is the fabric of the universe, our
    hearts deepest desire
  • Jesus Christ, the same yesterday,
    today, and forever.
  • The Fountain of Love How Parents Form Children
    for Prayerful Participation in the Eucharist by
    J. David Franks, PhD, and Angela Franks, PhD

The liturgy is the summit toward which the
activity of the Church is directed it is also
the font from which all her power flows.
Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10
Sharing the Body and Blood
  •  When we talk about sharinga divine activity
    that is an action of Jesus Himself and of His
    Body, the Churchwe are not being simply
    sentimental. Real sharing is that
    glimpse of the divine love that exists from
    our Creator and through His Son,
  • the Word made Flesh in our Church,
    in our lives and in our world. People are
    Gods tender mercy in our lives, our chance to
    live outand experienceHis sharing.
  • Bishop
    Zubik, The Church Sharing! (32)

  • By the Eucharistic celebration, we already
    unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and
    anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in
    all Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1326

The Prayers of the Mass
  • Do This In Memory Of Me
  • On the day before he was to suffer he took bread
    in his holy and venerable hands, and with eyes
    raised to heaven to you, O God, his almighty
    Father, giving you thanks he said the blessing,
    broke the bread and gave it to his disciples,
  • Take this, all of you, and eat of itfor this is
    my Body which will be given up for you.
  • In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took
    this precious chalice in his holy and venerable
    hands, and once more giving you thanks, he said
    the blessing and gave the chalice to his
    disciples, saying
  • Take this, all of you, and drink from it for
    this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the
    new and eternal covenant, which will be poured
    out for you and for many for the forgiveness of
    sins. Do this in memory of me.
  • Eucharistic Prayer I (The Institutional
    Narrative), Roman Canon

Our Hearts Are Restless
  • Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is
    so familiar as the Mass.

With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits
Catholics like their favorite clothes.
Yet some Catholics sitting in the pews on
Sundays miss thisunable to see the powerful
supernatural drama that enfolds them.
Blessed John Paul II described the Mass as
"Heaven on Earth," explaining that
what "we celebrate on Earth
is a mysterious
participation in the heavenly liturgy."
So they devoted themselves
to the Apostles teaching and fellowship, to
the breaking of the bread and the prayersday by
day attending the temple together and breaking
bread in their homes, they partook of food with
glad and generous hearts. Acts 242, 46
  • Ours is the Spirit of the Eucharist,
    the total Gift of Self.
    - St. Katharine Drexel

  • Do you need a break from lifes daily grind?

Turn to Jesus in The Anima Christi (Latin for
Soul of Christ), a prayer inviting us to ask
our Lord for comfort, strength, and guidance. It
offers us a chance to meditate on His Passion
and pray for His help to gain Eternal Life.
The Anima Christi is profoundly Christ-centered.
Inviting God into the most inimate moments of
Holy Communion.
Is there any wonder that it is often
recited after communion?
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.Body of Christ, save
me.Blood of Christ, inebriate me.Water from the
side of Christ, wash me.Passion of Christ,
strengthen me.O Good Jesus, hear me.Within Thy
wounds hide me.Suffer me not to be separated
from thee.From the malignant enemy defend me.In
the hour of my death call me.And bid me come
unto Thee,That with all Thy saints, I may
praise thee forever and ever. Amen.  
  • Faith has nurtured us in prayer and given us the
    gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. Faith hasn't gone
    away. In a world where everything seems to be
    torn down, built back up, then torn down again,
    faith is always there. Our world changes every
    day. But God never changes. The pilgrimage of
    life may take us to some strange lands. But we
    must never be strangers to the Lord. Our faith
    is our home.
  • Bishop David A. Zubik, Bridging the Gap,
    November 2011

  • The Church and the world have great need for
    Eucharistic worship.
  • Jesus awaits us in this Sacrament of love. Let
    us not refuse the time to go meet Him in
    adoration, in contemplation full of faith and
    open to making amends for serious offenses and
    crimes of the world.
  • Let our adoration never cease.
  • Blessed John Paul II

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of
happiness He is waiting for you when nothing
else you find satisfies you He is the beauty to
which you are so attracted it is He who
provoked you with that thirst for fullness that
will not let you settle for compromise it is He
who urges you to shed the masks of a false life
it is He who reads in your heart your most
genuine choices, the choices that others try to
stifle. Blessed John Paul II
  • All of our loves are unrequited until they are
    found within the life of God.

  • How long will his love for us go unrequited?

Many parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh offer
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Make a
visit and sit with the Lord. Just as you are.