The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity
In Divine Love Made Flesh, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke examines the beauty and power of the Holy Eucharist in light of the profound and elucidating teachings of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Using clear and illuminating language, Cardinal Burke guides the reader through the teaching of the Church on this Most Holy Sacrament and Its place in the life of every disciple of Jesus Christ. Truly inspiring, this spiritual treatise on the central Mystery of our Faith links the rich theology of the Church with pastoral practice and the spiritual life. Cardinal Burke's marvelous ability to reach the layman in simple yet inspiring language is sure to engender love for the Holy Eucharist in the hearts of all his readers.
"My greatest joy is to teach the faith and celebrate the Sacraments for the flock which God has entrusted to my pastoral care. Having been called by Christ to the priesthood, I am ever more humbled by the reality of the priestly life and ministry. At the same time, I am filled with confidence, because the ministry belongs to Christ Whom I, through no merit of mine, have the privilege to serve." Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
"Raymond Cardinal Burke has given us an important and timely gift in his book, Divine Love Made Flesh. ... Using the writings of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI as a guide, he offers us a wonderful vision into the endless mystery of God’s love that is made manifest in the Holy Eucharist. In this excellent book the cardinal provides the reader with a clear yet profound understanding of the great sacrament that is the 'source and summit' of our faith. " ~ Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR
"The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic Christian faith. His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, succinctly and passionately reminds the reader of this core gem of the Second Vatican Council. Divine Love Made Fresh is a masterpiece and yet one does not need a degree in Sacred Theology in order to read, comprehend and appreciate this magnificent book. I wish we had it when I was in the seminary. It explains the centrality of the Holy Eucharist and the primacy of sacrifice while reaffirming the sacrament and sacred banquet dimensions of the 'bread of angels'.
"Most Catholics know that the Magisterium teaches as dogma the Real Presence but not everyone appreciates the implication and consequences of this most august Sacrament. I highly recommend this book to every priest, deacon, bishop, religious sister and brother and all the lay faithful. It will be great help to preachers at Forty Hours and Eucharistic Devotions but also a true vademecum for parish clergy, CCD and RCIA teachers to help explain and promote true devotion to the epicenter of Divine Love." ~ Rev. Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD; Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Marysville, PA) and St. Bernadette (Duncannon, PA); President, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy; Author, Catholicism for Dummies, Catholic Mass for Dummies, Catholicism Answer Book
"St Augustine calls the Eucharist 'the bond of charity.' St Thomas calls it the 'Sacrament of ecclesial unity'. Cardinal Ratzinger’s ecclesiology is that of a Eucharistic community. Based on these foundations, Popes John Paul and Benedict have enriched the Church with the documents, Ecclesia de Eucharistia and Sacramentum Caritatis. Cardinal Burke’s accurate and readable commentary on these two major documents will help Catholics to appreciate ever more the marvellous gift of the Eucharist and the rich teachings of these Popes." ~ Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
From the opening words of this inspirational book it is clear that Cardinal Burke wants the reader to comprehend the most wondrous aspects of the most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. He helps us understand why the Eucharist is so important to our faith, being as Pope John Paul II defined it, the “source and summit” of what it means to be Catholic. But at a more profound level, Cardinal Burke captures the immensity of Christ’s love, poured out on the Cross at Calvary and repeated on the altar as we partake of the most precious body and blood of Our Lord.
Cardinal Burke tells us that the sacrament is both the unity of the Church and Its charity because, in the final analysis, the sacrament is Christ who is unity, divine love and mercy. Cardinal Burke helps us plumb the depths of this truth to an extent I would never have imagined possible.
This small book is a love story shared from the heart of a man who exemplifies devotion to Christ in the Eucharist in a way few American prelates have ever exhibited. While he shares his thoughts about the meaning of two of the Church’s most inspiring encyclical letters, Pope John Paul II’s Ecclesia de Eucharistia and Pope Benedict VI’s Sacramentum Caritatis, the point is that without a profound inner experience of the divine, nobody could have treated this subject with such devout love as that which Cardinal Burke conveys on every page.
For example, the Cardinal tells us “I can honestly say that the day of my First Holy Communion has been the point of reference for my whole life in the Church.” This is made manifest as Cardinal Burke shares the truth that, if not for the Body and Blood of Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, there would be no need for the sacrament of Holy Orders. He explains how important it is for a man considering the priesthood to fully discern the meaning of his vocation. Only then can he fully participate in the enormous responsibility of taking Christ’s place on the altar during Mass and tending the flock consigned to his loving care by Christ.
This volume is rich in inspiring quotes that should be absorbed and reflected upon frequently. It inspired in me a renewal of my own commitment to Christ. Contemplating the true meaning of the Eucharist reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice for us as well as His call to be His witnesses in this life, no matter what the cost.
Cardinal Burke shares Pope Benedict’s wisdom, reminding the reader that while we do not anticipate being put to death for our faith, “we know that worship pleasing to God demands that we should be inwardly prepared for it.”
This book is a testimony to the insights of a man of God who loves Christ more than life itself. In times like these when so much is uncertain, there is no doubt about the truth contained in and made manifest in the Blessed Sacrament.
Cardinal Burke’s testimony to the love of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is desperately needed today. Read this book! Contemplate the love Christ has for you alone, and you too will be moved to tears. We are the most fortunate people in the whole world; we are Catholics who experience Christ, receive Christ and adore Christ as our own source and summit of faith, the divine solution to every problem ever imagined by mortal human beings.
God bless Cardinal Burke for bringing this message to life in such an inspiring way.