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Eucharist Session 7. The «Eucharistic Writings» of Saint Francis – Church’s reform after the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) & the Eucharistic letter Sane.

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1 Eucharist Session 7

2 The «Eucharistic Writings» of Saint Francis – Church’s reform after the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) & the Eucharistic letter Sane cum olim of Pope Honorius III (22nd November 1219). the first Admonition, «The Body of Christ»; the 1 st & 2 nd Letters to the Faithful the Letter to the Clerics & the First Letter to the Custodians; the Letter to the Rulers of the Peoples, 6-7; the Earlier Rule (RnB), XX,5-6; the Letter to the Entire Order, 12-37; The Testament, 6-11; the Prayer Inspired by the Our Father, 63.

3 Admonition 1 Francis = learning to recognize the Presence of Jesus! If you knew me, you would also know my Father; and from now on, you do know him and have seen him. Philip, whoever sees me sees my Father as well (Jn 14:6-9).

4 Behold, each day He humbles Himself as when He came from the royal throne (Wis 18:15; Phil 2:8) into the Virgin’s womb; [HOSPITALITY] each day He Himself comes to us, appearing humbly; each day He comes down from the bosom of the Father (Jn 1:18) upon the altar in the hands of a priest. [KENOSIS]

5 Goal of Spirituality: SEEING w/new eyes – And as they saw only His flesh, yet believed that He was God as they contemplated Him with their spiritual eyes, – let us, as we see bread and wine with our bodily eyes, see and firmly believe that they are His most holy Body and Blood living and true.

6 Proper inner disposition to receive Christ in the Eucharist in a worthy manner, – the spirit of true conversion in an authentic penitential life – Desire to seek union with God over comfort of things

7 Earlier Exhortation – 1 st Version 1209-1215 All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength (cf. Mk 12:30), and love their neighbors as themselves (cf. Mt 22:39) receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.

8 Only he must eat and drink worthily because he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body, eats and drinks judgment to himself (1 Cor. 11:29); that is, if he sees no difference between it and other food. Produce fruit – love of neighbor

9 And they will be the children of the heavenly Father, Whose works they do. And they are spouses, brothers and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ.

10 I P E the common bond

11 I I = Incarnation – God’s free choice before even creation to empty Himself and take on the poverty of Humanity, and in absolute humility turn completely toward us. – The single defining act of God’s love


13 P P = Passion – Francis does not dwell on the pain & suffering, but on the extreme depth of love displayed by God – God’s willing-ness to endure even death to show his desire to love us – Love is not loved


15 E E = Eucharist – For Francis the final act of God’s [Jesus] self-emptying. To be physically present in the lowest, poorest, humblest manner of food – Eucharist and reverence – This manner of giving on God’s part is our model for imitation


17 In this writing, Francis sets forth the essential conditions for living a penitential life: – A turning to God with all that one is (Shema). – Loving one's neighbor as oneself. – Acknowledging and despising one's personal tendency to sin. – Receiving the Eucharist devoutly. – Allowing God's Spirit to dwell in us.

18 What is needed for the Journey: Desire – our response to God’s Desire Prayer – vehicle to spirituality Solitude - entering the cave of the Heart leading to: Community – living out the Gospel experience

19 Practical ? -- Suggestions adapted from Henri Nouwen “Life of the Beloved” Taken or chosen – we begin recognizing we are God’s beloved. We are asked to enter into a personal relationship with God who asks/desires to be our lover

20 Blessed – speaking well of the other – not just asking God to bless us as at Mass or through a clerical blessing – in our chosen-ness God blesses and loves us – Our actions are to bless and be blessing to each other – To express our understanding of the dignity and value of each other

21 Broken – unique as is our chosen-ness. Spiritual, physical, mental, relational – calls us to rely on & trust others & and to be compassionate to the brokenness of others. – God accepts and loves us even if we are still in sin – His nature – God constantly chooses to be broken for love of us. – We tend to deny our weaknesses and suffering and become unable to hear the gentle voice that constantly calls us Beloved

22 Given – the meaning of life in Christ is about taking up our cross, following, and being there for other. – We are not for our own sake, but we find significance in living for others – Being poor and humble, giving ourselves for others but also allowing others to give themselves for us – This is fraternity – hospitality - Eucharist The adventure is daring to live the Gospel

23 How has or how might your life be transformed into being eucharist?

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