Adult -- God is Near Us
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Title: God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life
Author: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI)
Publisher: Ignatius Press, USA
Date Published: June 2003
Comments: Biblical, historical, and theological dimensions of the Eucharist.
The Second Vatican Council says, "We ought to try to discover a new reverence
for the Eucharistic mystery. Something is happening that is greater than
anything we can do. The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the
Church is directed; it is the font from which all her power flows."
This profound statement about the Eucharist stands at the center of this book
by Cardinal Ratzinger. He compellingly shows us the biblical, historical, and
theological dimensions of the Eucharist. The Cardinal draws far-reaching
conclusions, focusing on the importance of one's personal devotion to and
adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, for the personal reception of Communion by the
individual Christian, as well as for the life of the Church. For Ratzinger, any
transformation of the world on the social plane grows out of the celebration of
the Eucharist. He beautifully illustrates how the omnipotent God comes
intimately close to us in the Holy Eucharist, the Heart of Life.
From the Publisher
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, is one of the most renowned Catholic theological and spiritual
writers of our times. His numerous books include God and the World, Salt of the
Earth, and The Spirit of the Liturgy.
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