Pope John Paul II once said that the priest is "above all, a man of the Eucharist." In the spirit of this statement, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti weaves together reflections on the Eucharist from over twenty notable contributors, including Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Donald Wuerl, and the late Cardinal Avery Dulles. Moving personal narratives combine with timely and accessible spiritual reflections to make this book a must-read meditation on the importance of the Eucharist in the life of the priest, and that of the Church.
Stephen J. Rossetti
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a priest in Syracuse, New York, and a licensed psychologist. He is currently President and CEO of Saint Luke Institute, a treatment center for clergy and religious in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the author of Behold Your Mother and The Joy of Priesthood.
The Eucharist proclaims the mystery of the God who dies, who experiences human suffering and death out of love in order to draw all things to Himself. In the Mass, I am confronted with a God who reaches out to me with wounded human hands.
Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
Half way through Born of the Eucharist: A Spirituality for Priests an image came clearly to me, a memory, of a panificio, an Italian bakery. Just passing by, you are surrounded by the aroma of bread baking. Then, as you walk in, there are big baskets of several kinds of bread, of various shapes and different sizes, round, elongated, flat, and in several shades of tan color.
The flavors, consistency, and crusts are multiple, some slightly sweet, others tending to a sour or a more salty palate; some soft, others crunchy. All make my mouth water, yet each of them is that same basic food, bread, beautiful, tasty, and nutritious.
So too is this book, a rich and varied collection of essays of different lengths and approaches. They range from theological and scriptural reflections like those of Cardinals Avery Dulles, S.J.and Albert Vanhoye, S.J., to deep and more experience-based meditations like the beautiful writing by Fr. Gabriel ODonnell, O.P. In addition, there are panini, small breads of one or a few pages, that catch and share a specific aspect of the "bread of life" in the life of the priest.
Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, who also contributes a few deep and personal reflections, is the chief baker, who has compiled a healthy book for the hungry priest. Young men in discernment will likewise experience an increased hunger for the priesthood. Finally, Catholics who seek to learn about the dynamic relationship between the Eucharist and the priest will be nourished, enlightened, and uplifted by reading this book.
Fr. Italo DellOro, C.R.S.
Director, Ministry to Priests
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Born of the Eucharist is a call to integrity, to prayerful reflection, and to response. Read the whole book at once if you so desire, but be sure to read it again. It is that powerful. Read it piecemeal, preferably in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, to grasp the depth of love contained in its pages as priest after priest reveals his personal eucharistic spirituality. Applying the insights gained and incorporating them into our daily lives could bring priests together in deeper love of the Eucharist and through it to a deeper love and appreciation for each other. This would make an excellent book for a priest to take on his annual retreat. A truly uplifting book!
Rev. Msgr. James E. Wall
Vicar for Priests
Diocese of Buffalo, NY
From the hearts and minds of shepherds, well known and not, here is a lively gathering of eucharistic wisdom that renders priesthood freshly palpable. Clearly, the priests and bishops who come together in this volume to witness to the power of the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist in their lives, draw their strength and joy from this most blessed of sacraments. Born of the Eucharist is a real opportunity for each of us priests to return to the Lords Table, the source of our vocation, and be renewed in the joy. Msgr. Stephen Rossetti serves his brother priests very well in hosting this gathering.
Rev. Raymond P. Roden, Psy. D.
Vicariate for Clergy and Consecrated Life
Diocese of Brooklyn