Posts Tagged ‘Eucharist’

The problem with transubstantiation

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

“Only one-third of American Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ,” the US-based Pew Research Center noted last August. “You see, even Catholics agree with us!” said the Protestants in a sigh of relief. But conservative Catholics were greatly alarmed. “Sixty-nine per cent of Americans who consider themselves Catholics do Read more

What do Catholics mean when we say the Eucharist is ‘the true body and blood’ of Christ?

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Catholicism has been sometimes described as a very materialistic religion. Why? Because Catholics take created reality seriously. Karl Rahner, S.J., once called Christians “the most sublime of materialists” because they “neither can nor should conceive of any ultimate fullness of the spirit and of reality without thinking too of matter enduring as well in a Read more

At the table of the Lord

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
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The great Jesuit philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan once described those nostalgic for the pre-1970 liturgy as a group “that is determined to live in a world that no longer exists”. The phrase came back to me recently when I read of another Jesuit, Pope Francis, who spoke about finding “new languages for handing on Read more

Giving or Sharing? How we think about the Eucharist

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Tom O'Loughlin

In everyday life, our experience tells us – unconsciously – when it is appropriate to use the verb ‘to give’ and when it is appropriate to use ‘to share.’ So we might ask someone to ‘please give me that book lying there’ or ‘I gave him the money’ or ‘she should give that form to Read more

Six suggestions for the Catholic bishops’ document on the Eucharist

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
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The U.S. bishops are working on a document on the Eucharist, which could be very helpful if they do it right. The chances are slim. The origins of the document go back to the bishops’ fight with pro-choice Catholic politicians, such as John Kerry, over the legalization of abortion. Some bishops, like Cardinal Raymond Burke, Read more

The meal of memories: common action, ecclesial worship

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
eucharist meal of memories

In recent debates a serious misunderstanding of Christian practice is often put forward by those who seek to defend the so-called ‘Tridentine Rite’ which has the effect of juxtaposing a ‘meal’ and a ‘sacrifice.’ These objectors completely ignore not only the fact that within our deep tradition – much older than the time of Jesus Read more

40-mile Eucharist procession to celebrate the feast of the Assumption

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

A 40-mile eucharistic procession by boat and on foot along the Bayou Teche in Lousiana is now in its seventh year. It always takes place on the feast of the Assumption. The Blessed Sacrament was fixed on an altar on the lead boat under a canopy. Another boat carried the statue of the Assumption of Read more

What if a mouse consumed a consecrated host?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

What would happen if a mouse or a dog consumed a consecrated host? If the thought seems too crass even to consider, please know that I am not the first person to ponder the question. St. Thomas Aquinas did. Read more Related Posts:Spiritual abuse occurs more frequently than thoughtPut your guitars away and consecrate yourself Read more

Our dinner tables: the Christian new normal

Monday, June 28th, 2021
hearing mean listening

In rich countries, the virus is retreating before the vaccines: Deo gratias. In some places parish life – and celebrations in church buildings are returning to a kind of normality. Many, especially presbyters, are pleased: the familiar is returning. But we settle back into our familiar ways, we should take stock. A new normal might Read more

Eucharistic foothills

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
eucharist meal of memories

One of the buzz-phrases of Catholic theology – cited in virtually every document from the Vatican – is that the liturgy, and especially the Eucharist, is ‘the source and summit’ of the Christian life. The origins of the phrase are complex, but it enters mainstream Catholic discourse with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy in Read more