Ever since our New Oxford Note on a column by Fr. Ron Rolheiser (Archbishop Levada: Call Your Office! March), weve been deluged with material sent by our readers on or by Fr. Rolheiser. It appears that Fr. Ron, who has a syndicated column appearing in diocesan papers across the U.S. and Canada, has quite a track record of ticking off his readers.
One reader sent in a Rolheiser column from the Archdiocese of Philadelphias paper (March 21) entitled Eucharist as Molding Us Into Community. Rolheiser asks: Why does the Eucharist have such unique power? Surely, we thought, hed say because it is the very Body and Blood of the Son of God; it is grace, strength to bear our burdens, a gift advancing our hoped-for rendezvous with our Lord in the heavenly Jerusalem. Oh, did we ever miss the mark! There wasnt a word about any of that.
His one-sentence answer: Because it creates community in a way that cannot be explained in terms of normal group process.
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