1 - Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F.
Cardinal Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the
Causes of Saints, highlights themes in Pope John Paul II's Ecclesia
de Eucharistia, particularly, the Eucharist as the "the
centre and summit of the Church's life," being the source of all
grace and the principle of unity.
2 - Albert Vanhoye, S.J.
Father Vanhoye examines scriptural sources for our faith in the
Eucharist, particularly the two traditions of its institution at the
Last Supper, in Matthew-Mark and in Luke-Paul, and the light they shed
on the Passion and Death of Christ.
3 - Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J. Reflecting on the Holy Father's Encyclical, Cardinal Dulles
shows the intimate bond between the Eucharist and the Church. As the
Eucharist is one, so is the Church, because of the Eucharist.
4 - Fr Nello Cipriani, O.S.A.Father Cipriani, of the Patristic Institute of the
Augustinianum, examines key texts on the Eucharist in the writings of
the early Fathers, in order to show the continuity of their doctrine
with the current teaching represented in the encyclical of Pope John
5 - Nicola BuxThe writer meditates on themes from the encyclical, such as the
Eucharist as the beginning of the Parousia and our foretaste of
sharing in Christ's Resurrection.
6 - Fr Antonio Miralles
Father Miralles, of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, brings out the apostolicity of the Eucharist, as set forth in
the Pope's Encyclical: 1) it was entrusted to the Apostles; 2) it is celebrated according to the faith of the Apostles; which 3) is still taught by the successors of the Apostles.
7 - Fr Cyril Vasil'
Fr Vasil' praises the beauty of art and architecture which enhances
Eastern Christianity's celebration of the Divine Liturgy, evoking the
mystery of God's presence in the universe, and anticipating our
participation in the worship of the heavenly Jerusalem.
8 - Enrico dal Covolo, S.D.B.
The writer examines two paragraphs on eucharistic worship from Pope
John Paul II's Encyclical. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass,
which the Holy Father strongly encourages, should lead to a fuller
participation in the Mass itself, and to a fuller conversion of life.
9 - Fr James J. Conn, S.J.
Fr. Conn, of the Pontifical Gregorian University Faculty of Canon Law, observes how
the Holy Father, in his Encyclical, has emphasized certain norms in canon law, which cannot be ignored without disrespect to the Sacrament and disadvantage to the people.
10 - Archbishop Angelo Amato, S.D.B.
Archbishop Amato observes the close connection between Our Lady and
the Eucharist in the theology, patristic teaching, devotional life, and art of
the Church, as reinforced by the Holy Father's Encyclical.
11 - Mons. Marcello Bordoni
Mons. Bordoni, Lecturer at the Pontifical Lateran University,
examines the role of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist, with particular
attention to the epiclesis, the invocation of the Spirit on both the
gifts of bread and wine and on those who are offering them.
12 - Fr Charles Morerod, O.P.
Fr Morerod, of the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas,
Rome, notes the current focus on the Eucharist in ecumenical dialogue, as well
as "infelicitous ecumenical initiatives," which ignore the need for communion
before sharing the sacrament of unity. He lists three criteria for normal
participation in the Eucharist in the Catholic Church.
13 - Dr Gerhard Ludwig Muller
Dr Müller, Bishop of Regensburg, finds a solution to the vocations
crisis in a reemphasis on the intimate connections between the priesthood, the
Eucharist, and the Church.
14 - Fr Ettore Malnati
Father Malnati summarizes some of the main points Pope John Paul II
wished to emphasize in his Encyclical: the sacred character of the Eucharist
derived from its institution by Christ; its relation as sacrifice to the
Passover; the Real Presence as the substantial effect of God's Word; the
Eucharist as source and apex of communion; the Eucharist in relation to the
15 - Manila Sodi, S.D.B.
Father Sodi, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Salesian Pontifical
University in Rome, and Member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, examines
the Encyclical for its teaching on eucharistic decorum, i.e., the preparation
for, realization of, and living out of a celebration worthy of the "grandeur
of the event being celebrated."
Cardinal Leo Scheffczyk
Cardinal Scheffczyk, describes the close connection between Penance
and the Eucharist, which has always existed in the Church. The connection, as
taught by Pope John Paul II in his Encyclical, can be understood only if the
nature of the Church as communio is properly recognized.
Fr Real Tremblay, C.SS.R.
Fr. Tremblay, Professor of
Fundamental Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy of Rome and a member of
the Pontifical Academy of Theology, examines the intimate tie between the
Eucharist and the moral life.
In this article, we learn how
adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass opens our hearts
both to Him and to one another. "Adoration is not at all a denial of
individual human dignity; rather, it reveals the true greatness of the human
being. It stresses that I am myself only by establishing relationships with
God and others."