Body and Blood, Indeed

Yesterday was the feast of Corpus Christi — the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. To celebrate, the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta hosted a very special Eucharist indeed. This week the cities of Atlanta and Decatur are hosting the 2012 International Gathering of L'Arche — the federation of communities founded by Jean Vanier (and lovingly written about by Henri Nouwen) in which persons with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled volunteers and assistants create homes to … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

To many early Church Fathers, "mystical" signified the allegorical interpretation of scripture, especially the disclosing of Christ as the key to unlocking the secrets of the Old Testament. Scripture, Christologically interpreted, was the ground of all Christian thought, including mysticism, especially in the first centuries. Jesus was sometimes called the "mystical angel" whose entire life, death, resurrection, and glorification were understood as the truly mystical. Eventually, Christians used … [Read more...]

Foolish Mysteries

I think there is some serendipity in Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday, for those not of English extraction) falling on April Fool's Day. Actually, the Maronites and the Syriac Orthodox call the day before Good Friday the "Thursday of Mysteries" which is my favorite name yet for this pinnacle of the Eucharistic life.In his first letter to the church at Corinth, St. Paul proudly proclaimed that we are "fools for Christ's sake" (I Corinthians 4:10); earlier in that same epistle he notes that … [Read more...]

The Eucharistic Prayer of John Ruusbroec

The following prayer comes from the 14th century Flemish mystic John Ruusbroec, also known as John Ruysbroeck. I think it's one of the loveliest examples of eucharistic spirituality that I have ever come across. It comes from his work called "A Mirror of Eternal Blessedness" and this translation is taken from The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works, published by Paulist Press. Lord, you have said, "Without me you can do nothing." You have also said, "unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, … [Read more...]

Consuming Jesus

Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church By Paul Louis Metzger Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007 Review by Carl McColmanChristianity is a counter-cultural movement, right? Well, you might not think so, based on how the faith plays out in the media and the imagination of many westerners. Sure, conservative Christians are forever on the march against secular and liberal attitudes toward human sexuality. But it seems like, for too many Christians, that's where … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Every bit of the creation is sustained by the life of God, is sacrament, and is engaged with the whole of creation. Each moment of life can be and, if we are committed to the humility of Christ, must be Eucharist. The early Syrian church recognized this fact and allowed all who wished it to receive the Eucharist, whether or not they were baptized. This church understood that in Eucharist sacred time and linear time coinhere, and the parousia is now. Sacraments of the Christian churches must not … [Read more...]

Salvation and Sacrifice

Last night Fran and Rhiannon and I enjoyed the hospitality of three house church communities gathered for an intra-church conference this weekend in Lithia Springs. After a potluck dinner one of the church groups performed skits based on the wisdom of the letter to the Colossians. Much wonderful singing and heartfelt prayer and praise rounded out what was a delightful evening.As an active practicing Catholic, my spiritual life is oriented toward monasticism and sacramentalism rather than … [Read more...]


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