These reflections on the Eucharist range from deep theological consideration to practical advice on the imperative of living the Mass through consistency between worship and daily living. Some given as homilies, others published in such journals as Irish Theological Quarterly, the reflections were prepared and refined over many years of Cardinal Daly’s life as a priest, bishop and cardinal.
Cardinal Daly, who died in 2009, was a theological and spiritual giant whose published work included learned philosophical books, his thoughts on peace and violence in Ireland and his insights into moral issues. During the months before his death, an abiding desire of the Cardinal was that the theological reflections contained in this new book be published in advance of the Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2012.
Cardinal Cahal Daly
Over a cup of tea following a school function one evening some years ago the late Cardinal Daly remarked to me that ‘there is no one quite as dead as a dead bishop!’ I cannot be certain whom the Cardinal had in mind but thanks largely to his great written legacy it seems likely that his own ministry will live on for some time to come. Shortly before his death in 2009 he had already been thinking ahead to the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress and had prepared a number of theological reflections which he desired to be published beforehand.
Thanks to the editorial skills of Gemma Loughran (the literary executrix of his estate ) Bread of Life: Reflections on the Eucharist is now to hand as Dr Daly wished. Six chapters over almost one hundred pages offer a rich resource for prayer, contemplation and understanding of this central mystery of the Catholic faith. Included also is practical advice on how to integrate the Sunday act of worship with the world of work and daily living. This is a particularly apt, erudite publication on the eve of the Congress from the pen of one whose life and thought was devoted to celebration of the Eucharist.
- Fr Paul Clayton-LeaClogherhead, Co Louth