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1 To the Eucharist If the Church of Pittsburgh is going to grow, and if we are going to be excited about our faith, we must, in every act of our faith, appreciate the greatest gift of God to us—Christ in the Eucharist. –Bishop Zubik, The Church Alive! (17)

2 Follow our Shepherd, Bishop Zubik on this ten minute retreat and reflect on the great gift of the Eucharist as we cultivate the Church Alive! Progress through the slides and meditate on the images, words, and prayers offered…. Pray with us now,

3 Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself; our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the bread of life, so that we may witness to him who alone satisfies the hungers of the human family. By the power of your Spirit lead us to the heavenly table where we may feast on the vision of your glory for ever and ever. Amen.

4 “As Catholics,. we have come to understand. the great gift which Jesus Christ instituted as a means for us. to abide in the life of God—. the Holy Eucharist.”. Bishop David A. Zubik, The Church Alive! (17)

5 “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.” ~St. Irenaeus

6 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” John, Chapter 6. Verses 53-55

7 Why does Jesus choose to become so helpless, to come in the appearance of Not only because man hungers and thirsts for God. Rather, God desires man first. These two desires —one divine, one human— meet in the Eucharist.

8 “When we consume the Eucharist, we are drawn into a love that transcends time. Eternity is that boundless fountain of love, the Father and the Son united and overflowing in their Holy Spirit of love: a love that is ever young, that does not fail, that does not weary, that does not betray, that does not fall prey to death…

9 …This is the faithful love that we hunger and thirst for. This is the love made really present in the Eucharist. The sacrificial love of Jesus has somehow, mysteriously, always been there….

10 Before ever molecular cloud collapsed into flame in the first stars, there was Love, open to us without defense, without reserve. True love is the fabric of the universe, our hearts’ deepest desire: Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” The Fountain of Love: How Parents Form Children for Prayerful Participation in the Eucharist by J. David Franks, PhD, and Angela Franks, PhD

11 “The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.” Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10

12 Sharing the Body and Blood “When we talk about sharing—a divine activity that is an action of Jesus Himself and of His Body, the Church—we are not being simply sentimental. Real sharing is that glimpse of the divine love that exists from our Creator and through His Son, the Word made Flesh in our Church, in our lives and in our world. People are God’s tender mercy in our lives, our chance to live out—and experience—His sharing.” –Bishop Zubik, The Church Sharing! (32)

13 By the Eucharistic celebration, we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all … Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1326

14 The Prayers of the Mass Do This In Memory Of Me On the day before he was to suffer he took bread in his holy and venerable hands, and with eyes raised to heaven to you, O God, his almighty Father, giving you thanks he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take this, all of you, and eat of it: for this is my Body which will be given up for you. In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took this precious chalice in his holy and venerable hands, and once more giving you thanks, he said the blessing and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying: Take this, all of you, and drink from it: for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. Eucharistic Prayer I (The Institutional Narrative), Roman Canon

15 Our Hearts Are Restless Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet some Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays miss this—unable to see the powerful supernatural drama that enfolds them. Blessed John Paul II described the Mass as "Heaven on Earth," explaining that what "we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy."

16 So they devoted themselves… …to the Apostle’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers… day by day attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts. ~Acts 2:42, 46

17 Ours is the Spirit of the Eucharist, the total Gift of Self. - St. Katharine Drexel

18 Do you need a break from life’s daily grind? Turn to Jesus in The Anima Christi (Latin for “Soul of Christ”), a prayer inviting us to ask our Lord for comfort, strength, and guidance. It offers us a chance to meditate on His Passion and pray for His help to gain Eternal Life. The Anima Christi is profoundly Christ-centered. Inviting God into the most inimate moments of Holy Communion…. Is there any wonder that it is often recited after communion?

19 Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from thee. From the malignant enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come unto Thee, That with all Thy saints, I may praise thee forever and ever. Amen.

20 “Faith has nurtured us in prayer and given us the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. Faith hasn't gone away. In a world where everything seems to be torn down, built back up, then torn down again, faith is always there. Our world changes every day. But God never changes. The pilgrimage of life may take us to some strange lands. But we must never be strangers to the Lord. Our faith is our home.” Bishop David A. Zubik, Bridging the Gap, November 2011

21 The Church and the world have great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this Sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go meet Him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith and open to making amends for serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” ~Blessed John Paul II

22 All of our loves are unrequited until they are found within the life of God. “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. ~Blessed John Paul II

23 How long will his love for us go unrequited?

24 Many parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Make a visit and sit with the Lord. Just as you are.

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