Living the Year of the Eucharist

Written by Lisa M. Hendey

Livingrepparttar Year ofrepparttar 135249 Eucharist An Author Interview with Michael Dubruiel, How to Getrepparttar 135250 Most Out ofrepparttar 135251 Eucharist by Lisa M. Hendey

I believe that our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II left us a precious gift prior to his death when he declared this to berepparttar 135252 “Year ofrepparttar 135253 Eucharist”. Inrepparttar 135254 weeks since his passing, I have felt myself drawn compellingly torepparttar 135255 Eucharist and to quiet time spent in Eucharistic adoration. Attending memorial masses, and now masses of Thanksgiving atrepparttar 135256 election of our new Pope Benedict XVI, I have seenrepparttar 135257 beauty ofrepparttar 135258 “Body of Christ” inrepparttar 135259 faces of my fellow parishioners and those aroundrepparttar 135260 world witnessingrepparttar 135261 unfolding of these historic events. I am trying, in my own very little way, to live out and to fully embracerepparttar 135262 Year ofrepparttar 135263 Eucharist.

A guide and enlightenment to me inrepparttar 135264 past few weeks has been a new book written by noted author Michael Dubruiel. How to Getrepparttar 135265 Most Out ofrepparttar 135266 Eucharist (Our Sunday Visitor, March 2005, paperback, 144 pages) offers Dubruiel’s “SACRIFICE” model, nine concrete steps to take to maximize one’s experience ofrepparttar 135267 Eucharist. In practical yet inspiring terms, Dubruiel writes for people like me who are striving in their own simple ways to embrace true communion with Jesus Christ. One ofrepparttar 135268 many highlights ofrepparttar 135269 book isrepparttar 135270 recurring segment “Lessons Learned from a Three Year Old”, inspired byrepparttar 135271 wise-beyond-his-years philosophy of Joseph,repparttar 135272 son of Dubruiel and his wife and fellow author Amy Welborn.

I took time recently to speak with Dubruiel about his new book and this Year ofrepparttar 135273 Eucharist.

Q: Withrepparttar 135274 passing of our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, please say a few words about our former Pope and his impact uponrepparttar 135275 Eucharist in today's Church.

A: St. John Bosco once had a vision where he saw a boat, symbolic ofrepparttar 135276 church being tossed about in rough seas He then saw a pope takerepparttar 135277 helm ofrepparttar 135278 ship and navigate between two pillars, one on which wasrepparttar 135279 Blessed Virgin Maryrepparttar 135280 other a monstrance containingrepparttar 135281 Blessed Sacrament—that was in 1862. There is no doubt that Pope John Paul II was that pope and what we have witnessed duringrepparttar 135282 last twenty-six years of his papacy is a righting ofrepparttar 135283 ship that is they church by restoring devotion torepparttar 135284 Blessed Mother who helps us to focus on Jesus and by recalling bothrepparttar 135285 adoration due torepparttar 135286 Eucharistic Lord but alsorepparttar 135287 sacrifice required of each of us who participate inrepparttar 135288 Eucharistic banquet thatrepparttar 135289 Lord has prepared for us by His Sacrifice. In declaring a Year ofrepparttar 135290 Rosary andrepparttar 135291 current Year ofrepparttar 135292 Eucharist, Pope John Paul II has setrepparttar 135293 course for a new evangelization that God willing we will all witness inrepparttar 135294 coming years.

Q: Given this “Year ofrepparttar 135295 Eucharist”, your book is very timely. What prompted you to take on this topic? What is your goal forrepparttar 135296 book?

A: I had been giving a talk to various groups aroundrepparttar 135297 country withrepparttar 135298 title "Setting Your Heart on Fire at Every Eucharist" after The How-To Book ofrepparttar 135299 Mass was published by Our Sunday Visitor in 2002. Atrepparttar 135300 end of most of those talks duringrepparttar 135301 question and answer period people would share their dissatisfaction withrepparttar 135302 wayrepparttar 135303 Eucharist was being celebrated in their parishes. Now this "dissatisfaction" was all overrepparttar 135304 place and usually reflectedrepparttar 135305 ideology ofrepparttar 135306 group that I was speaking to—my original intention when I beganrepparttar 135307 book was to address this "dissatisfaction" that I encountered but inrepparttar 135308 meantime Pope John Paul II released an Encyclical onrepparttar 135309 Eucharist and a year later an Apostolic Letter. After much reflection on both, what I ended up doing does addressrepparttar 135310 dissatisfaction--but in a way that even people who aren't dissatisfied will find a way of being at Mass that will benefit them even more. The goal ofrepparttar 135311 book is to restore a sense of our personal responsibility atrepparttar 135312 Eucharist: to both encounter Jesus there but also be united with Jesus there by giving ourselves fully to Him. Many ofrepparttar 135313 reasonsrepparttar 135314 Holy Father had given for declaring thisrepparttar 135315 Year ofrepparttar 135316 Eucharist arerepparttar 135317 very fabric of what I deal with inrepparttar 135318 book.

Q: I was moved by your comments emphasizingrepparttar 135319 importance that we approachrepparttar 135320 Eucharist from a sacrificial perspective. Why is this so important, and yet so difficult?

A: In preparation for writing How to Getrepparttar 135321 Most Out ofrepparttar 135322 Eucharist I asked for feedback onrepparttar 135323 internet at my Annunciations blog,, from other Catholics on what wererepparttar 135324 principle obstacles that kept them from gettingrepparttar 135325 most out ofrepparttar 135326 Eucharist. Their responses came in quickly and in large numbers and they were passionate. They varied from dissatisfaction withrepparttar 135327 music used in their parish torepparttar 135328 poor quality ofrepparttar 135329 homilies preached, interestingly no one commented that they themselves might berepparttar 135330 biggest obstacle to what they were experiencing. I was commenting on this one night to my wife Amy and she thought about it for a second and said "they are frustrated because they have no control."

I knew from conversations I had with priests and liturgists that this was exactly what they felt too!

Pope John Paul’s Encyclical onrepparttar 135331 Eucharist came to my mind when I was trying to respond to this very real angst. I thought about whatrepparttar 135332 Holy Father had said aboutrepparttar 135333 "sacrificial" aspects ofrepparttar 135334 Eucharist not being stressed or understood by many modern Catholics. It also called to mind that many ofrepparttar 135335 older people that I knew had a different attitude that they brought with them to Mass—an attitude that is reflected inrepparttar 135336 old adage to “offer it up”—that those things that trouble us can be beneficial not only to us but to others if we see them as our sacrifice to offer. Now, I think sacrifice is always difficult if we forgetrepparttar 135337 reason for doing it—and that reason is usually related to love. When we love, sacrifice makes sense but when we no longer love, sacrifice can become almost unbearable. The love aspect is dealt with in this How to Getrepparttar 135338 Most Out ofrepparttar 135339 Eucharist when I talk aboutrepparttar 135340 need to "adore" Christ—to rekindle devotion to Him, to be reminded that He isrepparttar 135341 reason that we come to Mass, that He has first loved us and is worthy of all our love and sacrifice.

This is a topic that I'd like to deal with further in two future books written alongrepparttar 135342 same lines as this one. I envision a "How to Getrepparttar 135343 Most Out ofrepparttar 135344 Rosary"—by contemplating onrepparttar 135345 face of Christ with Mary (again inspired byrepparttar 135346 Holy Father) and "How to Getrepparttar 135347 Most Out ofrepparttar 135348 Bible"—by reading it to fall in love with Jesus all over again.

Q: Your concrete “SACRIFICE” model offers readers nine concrete steps to take to maximize their experience ofrepparttar 135349 Eucharist. Could you please say a few words about these steps and how you developed this model?

A: I've mentioned above howrepparttar 135350 idea of using "sacrifice" asrepparttar 135351 guiding attitude necessary for getting more out ofrepparttar 135352 Eucharist, as it is also for livingrepparttar 135353 Christian life. The idea of buildingrepparttar 135354 book onrepparttar 135355 word came to me when I was running one day and it seemed to fit perfectly with what I wanted to cover inrepparttar 135356 book. The first three letters are a play onrepparttar 135357 traditional Catholic understanding ofrepparttar 135358 purpose of life –to know, love and serve God.

"Rest at Shiloh"

Written by Dot McGinnis

He Remembered ... "Rest at Shiloh" I Samuel 1:1-28

The LORD closed Hannah's womb; not because he didn't love her or because he wanted to see her suffer like she did. No, it was because Hannah's life was going to be blessed by Him in a unique and special way, and used to bring glory to His Holy name. But, before Hannah could be blessed by Him, she had to first be broken.

The trip to Shiloh was 30 miles, round trip. Year after year Hannah, Peninnah, and Elkanah made that journey to worship their God. Thoughts of Shiloh should have brought Hannah joy, in her heart, and peace of mind. One ofrepparttar Hebrew definitions for Shiloh is "a place of rest." But, rest isn't what Hannah found on her journey there. Instead, she found only shame and sorrow. For, she was constantly belittled and degraded by Peninnah; who took great pleasure in flaunting, in front of her, what Hannah feared fate would never bless her with--a child.

It isn't recorded, anywhere else in scripture, about Peninnah's constant badgering of Hannah, except for onrepparttar 135181 road to Shiloh;repparttar 135182 place of worship,repparttar 135183 place of rest.

If Hannah hadn't gone torepparttar 135184 house ofrepparttar 135185 Lord withrepparttar 135186 others, to worship, she would never have had all ofrepparttar 135187 added pain and heartache to deal with that she had. Still, Hannah went. And, if Hannah hadn't gone to Shiloh, she might never have received her "Samuel" fromrepparttar 135188 Lord.

It seems thatrepparttar 135189 irritation, from Hannah's rival, was all a part of God's divine plan. For, He allowed Hannah to be tortured by Peninnah, year after year.

He had to get Hannah torepparttar 135190 point of brokenness, to where she was willing to sacrifice her heart's desire to Him so that He could then give it back to her.

It had been God's intention to bless Hannah all along. But, Hannah's sacrifice had to come first. Year after year, Elkanah sacrificed untorepparttar 135191 Lord. Now, it was Hannah's turn.

Hannah was a woman with a broken spirit. But, this year, something different happened that would changerepparttar 135192 course of history forever. It all happened because of a sacrifice that was made that day, at Shiloh, by Hannah ~ to a God who listens, hears, understands, sees, knows, cares, and remembers!

He listens to her weeping. He hears her mournful sighs. He understands her sorrow. He sees her downcast eyes.

He knows her heart is breaking. He cares about her pain. She lays her Isaac at His feet. She chooses Him to reign.

She stands no longer broken. She turns to walk away, Her sacrificial journey made. She's forever changed, today.

He gave her "rest" at Shiloh. She gave her heart's desire. He remembered, in due season. His will would soon transpire. ~ * ~

"... Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, andrepparttar 135193 LORD remembered her."

I Samuel 1:19

We can learn so much, from Hannah's actions, within this passage. In I Samuel 1:9, it says, "... Hannah stood up."

This denotes action. Hannah had enough. She made a choice: an act ofrepparttar 135194 will. You can stay bruised, broken, and bleeding forever, if you want to (for whatever reason) or you can (by an act ofrepparttar 135195 will) choose to do something about it.

Standing up is halfrepparttar 135196 battle. We have a choice. It’s up to us. Jesus said, in John 14:1, "... Do not let your hearts be troubled ..." How do we not let our hearts do this? The verse goes on to say, "Trust in God, trust also in Me." This is what Hannah did. No longer was she going to pity herself or nurse her own wounds. She, instead, submitted them; to Him whose name is as ointment poured forth. (Song of Solomon 1:3)

Hannah had no child. But,repparttar 135197 reason she was wounded was not because she didn't have a child. What wounded Hannah most was how she reacted torepparttar 135198 fact that she didn't have a child. It was her attitude, her outlook, that caused her to suffer. So, in this respect, Hannah's wounds were self-inflicted.

Hannah should never have allowed Peninnah to steal her joy. Hannah's husband loved her so much that he gave her a double portion. He loved her, in spite of her barrenness (1:5-6). But, Hannah kept focusing on what she didn't have, not on what she had (1:7-8).

She never counted her blessings. Instead, Hannah looked at her loss. She "let" her heart be troubled.

The next thing Hannah did was she prayed, she knelt down. She turned torepparttar 135199 Lord; she reached out to God in prayer.

Take note of how Hannah prayed:

Hannah prayed honestly, Vs. 10 sacrificially, Vs. 11 persistently, (she never gave up. Vs. 12) she prayed fromrepparttar 135200 heart, Vs. 13 she prayed in faith believing, Vs. 18 Hannah poured out her soul torepparttar 135201 Lord, Vs. 15 she found a release in prayer.

Hannah confessed her sins. She bared her soul. She knew where and to Whom to turn--her God.

"... Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast." Verse 18

Hannah cried out torepparttar 135202 Lord, in verse 11, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me…" And, inrepparttar 135203 course of time, God's perfect time, He did indeed remember. Verse 19

Eli (the one who should have given herrepparttar 135204 most comfort;repparttar 135205 most pity, understanding, and direction) failed Hannah, miserably, that day. Even priests are prone to make mistakes. Eli saw his own son's actions, heard tell about them. Yet, he hid his face from them (2:12,22 and 3:13-14). He saw Hannah crying out to God and he misjudged her. He watched her, in her misery, and gave her wrong advice. Eli watched her movements; her actions. Yet, he misunderstood them. He thought she was drunk! Outward appearances aren't always what they seem! He didn't know what was going on inside Hannah's heart. Hannah defended herself. She didn't let Eli's remark discourage or offend her because, at this point, she had her eyes fixed totally on God (1:14-16).

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