I’m sure you’ve heard about the Bishop’s approving a plan for a three-year National Eucharistic Revival by now (read more here). OSV is very excited to be part of this!! A need for a deeper reflection and acceptance of The Real Presence has been needed for quite some time. Surveys show that even the most committed Catholics (those who attend Mass each week) do not all believe that Jesus is really, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.
What do we do now? How do we become “More Eucharistic”? It’s a big question that will take years to unpack, but I think our parishes can start now. Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a ton of articles about this, so I thought I’d bring a collection of those ideas together for us.
The first is a two-part letter from Leonard DeLorenzo in his Letters to a Young Catholic series on “How to Be Eucharistic.” While these might be written for young people, they are applicable to anyone seeking to be counted among the saints for eternity! Part 1 Part 2
These two short letters would make for great discussion in a small group. Read them together, reflect on the points, discuss how we can grow individually – then come together as a group for a Holy Hour.
My second idea is simple – Be in Front of the Eucharist. We all need more of that in our lives, so provide opportunities for people to come pray. If the pastor or associate make a daily Holy Hour, do it in the Church and invite people to join them. Nothing fancy, just coming together to pray at this time in this place. Maybe the staff could scheduled a weekly Holy Hour or all ministry leaders.
Finally, for today, I invite you to read this backlist post about a six week initiative centered around the Eucharist. I believe this is one of my more insightful ideas (not sure if you agree or not – but I’ll pretend you do)!