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This Is My Body: A Call to Eucharistic Revival
This Is My Body: A Call to Eucharistic Revival
By Bishop Robert Barron
Published by Word on Fire on May 8, 2023
By Bishop Robert Barron
Word on Fire  |  May 8, 2023
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A recent Pew Forum survey revealed the startling statistic that 69% of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For the majority of Catholics today, the Eucharist is merely a symbol of Christ, and the Mass is merely a collectivity of like-minded individuals gathering to remember his life. 

This indicates a spiritual disaster, for the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” In response to this crisis, Bishop Robert Barron, then the Chair of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, began working with his brother bishops on a solution. From these conversations, the National Eucharistic Revival was born.

This Is My Body: A Call to Eucharistic Revival is designed to accompany that revival. In this brief but illuminating text, Bishop Barron offers a threefold analysis of the Eucharist as sacred meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence, helping readers to understand the sacrament of Jesus’ Body and Blood more thoroughly so that they might fall in love with him more completely. 

Discover the profound truth flowing out of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “Take, eat; this is my body. . . . Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant.”
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“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’”

MATTHEW 26:26-28

“The Word became flesh and lived among us.”

“The Word became flesh and lived among us.” These words of St. John the Evangelist express the foundational mystery of the Catholic faith, which Christians around the world contemplate and celebrate every year during the Advent and Christmas seasons: the Incarnation.

In this new book from Word on Fire, readers are offered a week-by-week guide through these sacred seasons with a series of reflections on the Messiah, the Annunciation, the Incarnation, the Journey to Bethlehem, the Nativity, and the Holy Family. 

Featuring key passages from Scripture, extended readings from Bishop Robert Barron, and hymns, poetry, prayers, and additional reflections from across two thousand years of Catholic tradition, The Word Became Flesh is a perfect companion guide for parishes, families, and individuals longing for a deeper encounter with Christ during Advent and Christmas.














 























"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'"

Matthew 26:26-28




























 

A Letter from Bishop Barron

Friends, 

In 2019, the Pew Forum released the results of a survey of Catholics that revealed that only one-third of those questioned subscribed to the Church’s official teaching that Jesus is really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist under the signs or appearances of bread and wine. Fully two-thirds held that the Eucharistic elements are merely symbolic of Jesus’ presence. Mind you, this was not a survey of the general population or of all Christians, but of Catholics. Whether you saw it as a failure in catechesis, preaching, theology, liturgy, or evangelization, it was an indication of a spiritual disaster. 

Soon after I read these dispiriting statistics, I attended a meeting of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, at which I said to the bishops around the table, “Brothers, I think we have a serious problem.” At the end of the meeting, seven or eight of the other bishops came up to me and said, “What can we do to help?” From our conversations, the Eucharistic Revival, presently underway, was born. We resolved that there should be a concerted effort to restore a vibrant belief in the Eucharist and that this should take place at the local, regional, and national levels.
        
This Is My Body is designed to accompany the Eucharistic Revival. In this short book, I analyze the source and summit of the Christian life according to the categories of meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence. My sincere prayer is that it might help Catholics understand the sacrament of Jesus’ Body and Blood more thoroughly, precisely so that they might fall in love with the Lord more completely.

But I need your help. My Word on Fire team has made this book as inexpensive as possible, pricing it at only $2 per copy in the hopes of getting it into the hands of two million Catholics. I humbly ask that you do three things to help support the Eucharistic Revival: (1) spread the word about this book and about the revival; (2) consider giving a copy of this book to your Catholic friends and family members, and approach your pastor about placing a bulk order for your whole parish; and, most importantly, (3) pray for the Eucharistic Revival and for an increase of faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Thank you, and may God bless you,
Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester

A Letter from Bishop Barron

Friends, 

In 2019, the Pew Forum released the results of a survey of Catholics that revealed that only one-third of those questioned subscribed to the Church’s official teaching that Jesus is really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist under the signs or appearances of bread and wine. Fully two-thirds held that the Eucharistic elements are merely symbolic of Jesus’ presence. Mind you, this was not a survey of the general population or of all Christians, but of Catholics. Whether you saw it as a failure in catechesis, preaching, theology, liturgy, or evangelization, it was an indication of a spiritual disaster. 

Soon after I read these dispiriting statistics, I attended a meeting of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, at which I said to the bishops around the table, “Brothers, I think we have a serious problem.” At the end of the meeting, seven or eight of the other bishops came up to me and said, “What can we do to help?” From our conversations, the Eucharistic Revival, presently underway, was born. We resolved that there should be a concerted effort to restore a vibrant belief in the Eucharist and that this should take place at the local, regional, and national levels.

This Is My Body is designed to accompany the Eucharistic Revival. In this short book, I analyze the source and summit of the Christian life according to the categories of meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence. My sincere prayer is that it might help Catholics understand the sacrament of Jesus’ Body and Blood more thoroughly, precisely so that they might fall in love with the Lord more completely.

But I need your help. My Word on Fire team has made this book as inexpensive as possible, pricing it at only $2 per copy in the hopes of getting it into the hands of one million Catholics. I humbly ask that you do three things to help support the Eucharistic Revival: (1) spread the word about this book and about the revival; (2) consider giving a copy of this book to your Catholic friends and family members, and approach your pastor about placing a bulk order for your whole parish; and, most importantly, (3) pray for the Eucharistic Revival and for an increase of faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Thank you, and may God bless you,
Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester






























































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“Robert Barron is a great teacher of the Church and a gifted biblical commentator who breaks open the Word of God for our day as Ambrose and Augustine did for theirs."

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“One element of Bishop Barron's appeal is that he's so reasonable. He probably incarnates the classic Catholic synthesis between faith and reason more thoroughly and overtly than virtually any other living figure."

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“Bishop Robert Barron is arguably the greatest Catholic communicator of our times."

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“Bishop Barron’s new book is a gift to the Eucharistic Revival. The Eucharist is our participation in the Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary; it is His promised presence with us ‘even to the end of the age’; and it is our foretaste of the table fellowship of all the saints in heaven. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. This book is an invaluable resource in developing our understanding and deepening our gratitude for the mystery of the Lord’s Body and Blood, and I’m grateful to Bishop Barron for providing it to us.”

Fr. Connor Danstrom


 
 
“Once again, Bishop Barron has produced a masterclass in catechetical instruction! Deftly weaving Scripture, theology, philosophy, poetry, and art into a cohesive presentation of the “source and summit” of our faith, This Is My Body is a beautiful gift to the Church. Absent in our understanding in recent decades has been a true synthesis of the Eucharist as both meal and sacrifice; Bishop Barron once again succeeds in drawing both identities into a unified whole. Albeit aided by his nuanced grasp of theological concepts and philosophical principles, what is most clearly communicated is his own deep, personal relationship with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. For either the church pew or the university classroom, this book is a timely addition to the work of the Eucharistic Revival!"

Fr. John LoCoco

 
 

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About the Author

Bishop Robert Barron is Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Minnesota) and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. He received a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

Bishop Barron was ordained a priest in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and then appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary in 1992. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican. He served as the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary / University of St. Mary of the Lake from 2012 until 2015.

On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Barron to be Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was ordained bishop on September 8, 2015. On June 2, 2022, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Robert Barron the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. 

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Contents

Preface
The Source and Summit

Chapter 1
The Eucharist as Sacred Meal

Chapter 2
The Eucharist as Sacrifice

Chapter 3
“If It’s a Symbol, to Hell with It”



































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