Eucharist Means Thanksgiving

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Nov 25, 2020 11:01:00 AM

We at the McGrath Institute for Church Life want to observe and celebrate Thanksgiving in a special way. On our radio show and podcast, Church Life Today, we shared five passages about the Eucharist and thanksgiving, with reflections to guide us into rediscovering how an exchange of thanksgiving occurs in the Sacrament of Sacraments. We know, of course, that the holiday Thanksgiving is not itself about the Eucharist. But this civic holiday is probably the closest in character to our religious holidays, and all the more because it is a feast dedicated to giving thanks. For those who revere and adore the Eucharist, we know that being transformed by that particular and unique “thanksgiving” should shape and transform our entire lives.

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Topics: communion, communion of saints, Eucharist, liturgy, contemplative prayer, poetry, Thanksgiving, Church Life Today

Martha of Bethany: A Saint for Those at Home

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jul 29, 2020 7:55:00 AM

Domestic life can be… challenging. Many people are still spending more and more time in their homes, and many more are finding that the struggle to keep the home a space where people would actually want to spend their time is very, very real. 

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Topics: contemplative prayer, domestic church, coronavirus, social distancing, St. Martha

The Pondering Heart of a Marian Spirituality

Posted by Theresa Rice on Apr 28, 2020 1:54:00 PM

Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly reliant on my online calendar; classes, meetings, coffee dates, phone calls, times for work or rest all have a neatly colored slot on the screen. Yet as I scroll through the next few weeks, the reality of graduating amid such global uncertainty reveals itself in a series of empty, unclaimed days ahead. 

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Topics: contemplative prayer, Mary, Marian devotion

Simple Prayers for Complicated Times

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Apr 1, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Life for nearly everyone has been upended to some degree these days, and it can be easy to get swept away in a current of fear and anxiety, or to teeter out on the edges of loneliness. In times like these, when many things seem to be out of one’s control, turning (or returning) to daily, simple practices of prayer can provide a deep peace that only comes from opening oneself up to the grace and love of God. 

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Topics: Practice, Catechism, prayer, contemplative prayer, COVID-19 Resources

Retreat Into Silence

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Mar 20, 2020 7:37:00 AM

Elijah was having a good day, until he wasn’t. He had just defeated hundreds of false prophets on his own, then brought rain down upon the drought-stricken Israel, all in the sight of the king who had been seeking his downfall. The Israelites flocked to Elijah’s God, leaving behind their divided allegiance to other deities. It was a good day––until Jezebel heard what Elijah had done.

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Topics: asceticism, Lent, silence, contemplative prayer

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