The religious who minister at St. Francis’ Church, Melbourne live this spirituality every day of their lives. However, if a person was to ask what it is, then it would be quite a challenge to answer this in a few words. It is a way of life that draws its energy and strength from the Holy Eucharist. It is essential to somehow unravel something of what that means, but as we are dealing with the mystery of the Eucharist there are limits to what can be said. Maybe we could begin in this manner.
Most people have encountered a young woman who has become engaged and proudly shows her new engagement ring to everyone. It is a symbol of a commitment to marry and live a life of love in all aspects of life. However, as a person looks at the ring, the beauty of the diamond cannot be grasped in one comprehensive glance. One must turn it this way and that to see each facet of the diamond and thus become more aware of its hidden beauty. Even then, the diamond remains somewhat of an elusive mystery.
The Eucharist is likewise a profound mystery that cannot be captured in a single sentence or word. A person needs to consider various aspects of the Eucharist and the power of the Christ who is the Eucharist. This Sacrament is celebration, communion; a mystery to contemplate and an outpouring of loving service to others. The celebration is the memorial of the Passion, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, called the Paschal Mystery, and recalls the total self-giving of Jesus even unto death. In the celebration we hear the life-giving works of scripture, we pray together, we become one with Christ in Communion and, in a sense the Lord becomes incarnate in us. We, as disciples, are to wash the feet of others or, in other words, to give loving service to others. There is also a need to be still and contemplate the inner meaning of the Eucharist that ever remains a mystery of divine love.
A person who lives a life drawn and empowered by the celebration of the Mass/Eucharist, who draws inspiration from the word of God, who receives Holy Communion, is already living a Eucharistic spirituality. If, further, the person contemplates the Eucharist on a regular basis and is drawn to selfless service of others, then he or she is living a life inspired by the Eucharist: in other words, living what we may term Eucharistic spirituality. It is to live the same kind of life that Christ lived and sealed by the total self-giving of his passion, death and resurrection…a total gift of self. As St. John says in his First Letter, we are called to live the same kind of life that Christ lived…and that life is summed up completely in the Eucharist in all its richness and mystery.
EUCHARISTIC SPIRITUALITY is at the heart of the mission of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation that has ministered for over 75 years at St Francis Church, Melbourne. Our mission reads as follows…
RULE OF LIFE #3 – OUR MISSION
Following in the footsteps of Father Eymard,
our mission is to respond
to the hungers of the human family
with the riches of God’s love
manifested in the Eucharist.
Drawing life from the bread
given for the light of the world,
we proclaim in the thanksgiving prayer
the Passover of Christ,
and we welcome the Lord Jesus
in his Eucharistic presence
by a prolonged prayer
of adoration and contemplation.
Formed by the Sacrament
of the New Covenant,
which frees us from the domination of sin,
we commit ourselves to building up
the Body of Christ.
By our life and activities
we share in the mission of the Church,
so that the Eucharist
may be celebrated in truth,
that the faithful may grow
in their communion with the Lord
through Eucharistic adoration
in the setting of exposition,
that they may commit themselves
to the renewal
of their Christian communities,
and collaborate in liberating
individuals and society
from the forces of evil.
United in the Spirit
with those who are poor and weak,
we oppose everything which degrades
and we proclaim a more just
and brotherly world
as we await the coming of the Lord.
Single and committed Catholic men are invited to consider the Rule of Life above and chat about it at St. Francis’ with Ben Ho SSS or John Pugh SSS. Telephone 9663 2495 or enquire via our Pastoral Centre.
October 31, 2016
October 31, 2016
October 31, 2016