By the Power of Faith
- The Miracle of the First Act of Faith
- Following the Example of Abraham
- The One Who Reveals and Hides Himself
- Defeated After a Trial
- The Force of Faith and the Force of Refusal
- Rich with Oneself
- A Difficult Threshold
- The Table of the Word
- The Silence Towards the Eucharist
- Christ and the Church
- God's Constructing
- Springing Source of Unity
by Bishop Thomas Depo
Member of the Commission for the Doctrine of Faith of the Polish Conference of Bishops
Bending with faith over the book by the Reverend Professor - Father Tadeusz Dajczer bearing the title “With the Force of Faith. Meditations on the Eucharist” we ask a very fundamental question: “What is Eucharist?” A countless number of works and dissertations have been written about it. And dispite the most tremendous efforts there is no way to render the unusualness and religious richness of the Eucharist. As indeed for a believer it is the everlasting and priceless mystery. We shall therefore care for the true and complete theology of the Eucharist and “living by the force of faith”. This care will protect us against the descent into the empty verbalism deprived of sacrum and the arbitrariness of the exercised cult. ”How can we not return ever anew to this mystery, which contains the entire life of the Church?” - asked God's servant John Paul II in the Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday of 2000. “Let us remain faithful to what the Upper Room “hands on” to us, to the great gift of Holy Thursday. May we sit at the “school” of the Eucharist.” This task set by John Paul II wins particular meaning in the Year for Priests 2009-2010 proclaimed by Benedict XVI which with certainty will be a deeply Eucharistic time.
Going into the content of the Reverend Professor's meditations based on the Revelation, the Magisterium of the Church and statements of the saints, we confirm that the Eucharistic presence is not a usual remembrance, but “making present” of the living, real presence of the Lord amongst us. The Holy Spirit, being constantly active in the Eucharistic liturgy, will always remain its guarantor so that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. It is the same Holy Spirit that came down upon Mary and the Apostles (Acts 2,14) and told them to go into all the world to preach God's word, make disciples and gather God's people for “breaking of bread” (cf. Acts 2,42). “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk 22,19). This Eucharistic act of transformation of bread into His Body and wine into His Blood done by priests will make present the work of Christ in each generation of Christians and each part of the earth until His Second Coming. Wherever the Eucharist will be celebrated, the sacrifice of blood on Calvary will be made present there in the bloodless manner and Christ Himself, the Redeemer of the world, will be present there.
I express my gratitude towards the work of Reverend Professor that in the following volume of the Eucharistic meditations he focuses on the questions of faith: from faith being a grace and accepting the truths of revelations - which not always are easily received by reason - to faith experienced as reception of Jesus for one's God and Lord so that He directs our live. We receive this book with joy. By issuing it, FIDEI Publishing in Warsaw contributes to reminding and fulfilling the so-called “testament of John Paul II” expressed on June 10, 1979 in Cracow: “You must be strong with the strength of faith, hope and charity, a charity that is aware, mature and responsible and helps us to set up the great dialogue with man and the world rooted in the dialogue with God himself, with the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit, the dialogue of salvation.”
Expressing thanks to the Reverend Professor for this new testimony of faith, I hope that this book allows wide range of readers to deepen their faith in Eucharist and live the Eucharist in everyday life.
† Vaclav Thomas Depo