Friday, March 13, 2009

Transforming violence into love, death into life

I have experienced a Eucharistic week. Last evening I attending a presentation at Boston College (C21 program found at - Church of the 21st century). The presenter gave us a terrific historical and spiritual overview of Eucharistic Adoration - from procession to elevation on the altar to the Hour of Adoration. I found out that the "40 hours" devotion begin for devotion on Good Friday to Easter Sunday in Northern Italy during the time of Charles Borromeo. Most of all Father's insights became reflections on the power of transformation as we enter into relationship with the true presence of Jesus. Today I recieved this e-mail from the Vatican news:

"The doctrine of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine, and of the real presence, are a truth of faith, already evident in Holy Scripture and later confirmed by the Fathers of the Church", said Benedict XVI....In the Eucharist, adoration becomes union: union with the living Lord and with His mystical Body....God no longer simply stands before us as the One who is totally Other. He is within us, and we are in Him. His dynamic enters into us and then seeks to spread outwards to others until it fills the world, so that His love can truly become the dominant measure of the world....In the Eucharist we experience the fundamental transformation of violence into love, of death into life. This brings other changes in its wake".

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