Meditations on the Eucharist 6
Undiscovered Gift


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Contents
  • Engulfed in Mystery
  • When I Do Not Understand God
  • You Give Me What Is Best
  • The History of My Salvation
  • Yearning for Stabilization
  • Vanishing Image
  • The Most Wanted
  • The Only Thing One Possesses
  • Hopes Being Brought to the Altar
  • So That He Became Close
  • To Be Able to Meet You
  • Immersed in Silence
  • Blinding Light
  • To Be Returning to Live

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Foreword

by Bishop Vaclav Thomas Depo
Member of the Commission for the Doctrine of Faith of the Polish Conference of Bishops

Indeed, Christianity as the religion of encounter of Tripersonal God with human, has the unutterable God’s Gift in the form of the Eucharist. As Father Prof. Cz. S. Bartnik rightly notices – “the sections of Christianity which cut down or even broke the Eucharistic tradition rejecting the sacramental Church, the priesthood, the celebration of the integral Holy Mass, become immensely impoverished spiritually or even die out under our very eyes” (The Eucharist, Lublin 2005, p. 11). The Gift of faith, that brings us onto each threshold of the Mystery of the Eucharist, teaches us humbleness and understanding that it is not only for theologians alone or the group of “the initiated”, but it continuously remains “the undiscovered Gift” for every Christian. Each of us is called to give an answer to this Gift in a free and judicious manner and show “the obedience in faith”. For each encounter with Eucharistic Jesus – as emphasizes the Author of the already sixth book on this matter - “is woven from theological virtues: faith, hope and love (…). And this different seeing of the world gives birth to the interior peace in us and opens us to successive comings of God and His grace.” (p. 95, 102).

Reading closely these meditations, which usually end with a prayer, we discover that for the life of the Church it has always been important that in the Eucharist – in the force of the Holy Spirit – on the altars of the world takes place the real transubstantiation of bread into Body and wine into Blood of Jesus Christ, the Only Redeemer of the world and man. Our Lord and Saviour uses bread and wine, “lifts them up, as it were, out of the setting of their normal existence into a new order. (…) There, where he has laid his hand, something new has come to be. This points us back again to the fact that being a Christian as such is to be transformed, that it must involve repentance and not just some embellishment added onto the rest of one’s life. It reaches down into our depths and renews us from those very depths. The more we ourselves as Christians are renewed from the root up, the better we can understand the mystery of transformation.” (cf. J. Ratzinger, God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life, Ignatius Press, San Francisco 2003, p. 86).

I think I will be an exponent of those all, who shall reach out for this another book of Eucharistic meditations, to warmly thank Father Professor Tadeusz Dajczer for his tremendous commitment to ministration of discovering of the Gift of the Eucharist and conveying the Christian faith. In the times of relativism of truths and upsetting of values based on Jesus Christ’s Person and Work, affirming the truth of His real presence with us and among us is not only inestimable, but necessary. I give my acknowledgement for FIDEI Publishing that took care for the typesetting and the layout from the first book in the series.

Vaclav Thomas Depo