Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

What The Eucharist Is Not.

"The Eucharist is not a meal among friends. It is a mystery of covenant. "The prayers and the rites of the Eucharistic sacrifice make the whole history of salvation revive ceaselessly before the eyes of our soul, in the course of the liturgical cycle, and make us penetrate ever more its significance" (Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, [Edith Stein], Wege zur inneren Stille Aschaffenburg, 1987, p. 67). We are called to enter into this mystery of covenant by conforming our life increasingly every day to the gift received in the Eucharist. It has a sacred character, as Vatican Council II reminds: "Every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of His Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others; no other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree " (Sacrosanctum Concilium, No. 7). In a certain way, it is a "heavenly liturgy," anticipation of the banquet in the eternal Kingdom, proclaiming the death and resurrection of Christ, until he comes (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:26)."

From Pope Benedict's address to the Eucharistic Congress that just concluded in Quebec.



Anonymous Nancy H said...

I watched a lot of the coverage of the Eucharistic Congress and was just blown away. A lot of profound things were said that I need to digest and ponder what it all means for my own relationship with the Eucharist. This is one of them.

BTW, if you missed some of the events you can go to (click on the link for the Congress). Great stuff.

June 29, 2008 1:23 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Thanks for the link Nancy. I was so busy I missed the whole thing.

Here's the link Nancy gave us for the Eucharistic Congress

June 29, 2008 5:24 PM  
OpenID onionboy said...

I was standing the torential rains as our Holy Father spoke these words - he was the only dry ;-)

July 23, 2008 8:28 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...


July 23, 2008 9:29 PM  

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