It is my hope that this book will convey something of the continuity of the crowning act of providence, something of that witnessing, appreciation and love. So says Fr Stephen Redmond in the foreword to this book, wherein he tenderly and lovingly recalls some of the great statements that have been written down through history about the Eucharist, the great sacrament of love. Retelling in his own words passages from some of the great Christian saints and figures – and one star of stage and screen! – Fr Redmond displays his own gift for verse in his reworkings, making this book a loving testament to his own devotion to the Eucharist and a wonderful aid to anyone’s contemplation of the mystery of the Eucharist.
We’re called to live in God in heaven
to get there special help is given
we call it Eucharist
which means a lovely Gift
for that is what Christ is.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Stephen Redmond SJ is a Jesuit priest, author and composer. Previously a history teacher, he has a great interest in the lives of saints.
Father Redmond will be familiar to many not only for his many devotional books, but also for his musical compositions. "It is my hope," he writes, "that this book will convey something of the continuity of the crowning act of providence, something of that witnessing appreciation and love" which some of the great spiritual figures, over 2,000 years have devoted to the Eucharist.
In some nine chapters he recalls in his own words the feelings of many saints and noted persons, ending appropriately enough with a chapter in which he draws on his own memories of a long life to place the experience of modern times into the long chain of connections going back to that upper room in which the first Eucharist was celebrated.
A warm hearted devotional book seeped in faith which many will find inspirational.
–The Irish Catholic, 18 October 2013