It is always the right time to stop in amazement before the love that stayed beyond rejection and death. Jesus, who had found his birthplace on the earth bound himself to us in a relationship that was invincible. Leaving us was unthinkable at this level of love. He would remain forever on the table of the world.
In his encyclical of February 22nd, 2007 “Sacramentum Caritatis” Pope Benedict XVI calls us to find relief for our hunger in “the food of truth.” The Pope, in continuity with his first encyclical “Deus Caritas Est,” and revisiting the thoughts of his predecessor, John Paul 11 (Ecclesia de Eucharistia), invites us into the sacrificial meal from where we draw our very life. Pope Benedict asks all people to draw near to God’s love because it holds the deepest desire of the human heart.
In this prayer book, the author ponders some of the images and metaphors from “Sacramentum Caritatis” in particular, and offers her reflections and prayers as a resource for personal and communal prayer for homilies and for group reflection.
When faith stumbles we find our reason at the table where he handed over his life.
When hope wavers we find our anchor at the table where he is always present.
When love fails we find our restoration at the table where he offers us the Bread of Life.
Anna Burke rsm
Author: Anna Burke is a Sister of Mercy, who works in Pastoral Renewal in the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. She has worked in education and faith development in Florida, Zambia, South Africa and Ireland. Her particular interest is in praying with Scripture.
Dedication: This book is dedicated to the givers and receivers, to those who work tirelessly to ease human hunger. It is especially dedicated to the Sisters of Mercy.
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