Thursday, August 25, 2016

With Burning Hearts

Mild Spoilers Ahead

With Burning Hearts is "a meditation on the Eucharistic Life" written by Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen.  The book focuses on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and how it affects us in our daily lives.

Table of Contents
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  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The Road to Emmaus
  • I. Mourning Our Losses: "Lord, Have Mercy"
  • II. Discerning the Presence: "This Is the Word of God"
  • III. Inviting the Stranger: "I Believe"
  • IV. Entering into Communion: "Take and Eat"
  • V. Going on a Mission: "Go and Tell"
  • Conclusion
This book was easy to read (lots of pictures and only 127 pages) but it was a beautiful reflection about how, if we truly accept the Real Presence, it should pervade every aspect of our lives.

One of my favorite things about this book was the art by Duccio di Buoninsegna which includes:
  • "The Deposition of the Cross"
  • "Christ Teaching His Disciples"
  • "The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus"
  • "The Last Supper"
  • "Christ's Appearance on Lake Tiberias"
  • "Christ's Appearance on the Mountain"
I strongly recommend this beautiful little reflection to all Catholics looking to improve their view on the Eucharist. 

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