From the author of the bestselling, The Holy Longing, comes a book about the central expression of faith for hundreds of millions of Christians, the Eucharist.
More so than anything else, the Eucharist is what anchors many peoples' life, prayer, and ultimately the way they live their lives. In this deeply personal book, Father Ronald Rolheiser delves into the history and meaning of this sacred tradition, drawing upon the insights of various scripture scholars, theologians, and church teachings. With personal warmth and great insight, he reflects on his own particular Roman Catholic upbringing and the centrality that the Eucharist has within that tradition. At the same time, he looks at other denominations’ traditions around the Eucharist. Our One Great Act of Fidelity is an investigation into the ways people secure their faith and belief and discover true intimacy with God and each other. Ultimately, however, it is a spiritual and a personal statement of how Ronald Rolheiser understands the Eucharist and why he celebrates it every day.
Ronald Rolheiser is a specialist in the field of spirituality and is currently President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Father Rolheiser is the author of The Holy Longing, The Restless Heart,Forgotten Among the Lilies, The Shattered Lantern, and Against an Infinite Horizon. He writes a weekly column that appears in more than 90 Catholic publications. More information on his work can be found at RonRolheiser.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has expanded my understanding of the Eucharist. The book is written that you could read any chapter in any order. You will want to go back and reread!
This book is presently being used in two study/discussion groups in our parish. The chapters are very short and succinct. Still group members tend to read them over and over as they try to deepen their understanding of the Eucharist. Not only is the traditional understanding included, Rolheiser helps stretch our appreciation of the Eucharist. No problem keeping the discussion rolling in the men's group I lead. I love this book.
I am a Pastoral Minister and have taught classes on the Eucharist and so I felt I was well informed. Rohlheiser's Our One Great Act of Fidelity is insightful and inspirational. It is also challenging. The book challenges us to look beyond our own personal relationship with God and to make the gift of Eucharist alive in every aspect of our lives. These are not new ideas but Rohlheiser invites us to see Eucharist with new eyes and to take that understanding to change and invigorate all aspects of our lives. Our One Great Act of Fidelity would be a useful and inspirationsl book for a book discussion group.
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