HEARTS AFLAME WITH HOPE, VOLUME 2:
Peter-Julian Eymard & John Henry Newman
Author: Rev. Michael Gaudoin-Parker
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"We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel..." (Lk 24:21). This phrase "we had hoped..." encompasses the image of human existence in which hope has become difficult, if not impossible. The truth of these words is reflected in the lives of the persons considered here as signs of encouragement to us all to hope. These pages focus on their journey towards greater union with Christ through his gift and mystery of the Eucharist of which they offer an extended catechesis and celebration. This volume begins with St. Peter-Julian Eymard, whose Eucharistic fervor offers a striking example of Christian hope in action. His rigorous and unremitting devotion to Christ in the Eucharist led him to delve profoundly into the revealed Word of God. As a result, his fundamental teaching on this great mystery of the Catholic faith can be summed up as a treatise on God's self-sacrificing love for everyone. The chapter on Blessed John Henry Newman presents that much admired convert from Anglicanism, whose perspective on living became entirely changed through his reflections on the Church as the Kingdom of God on earth and a community of hope oriented towards the future Parousia. Newman was known for his fidelity to conscience, his search for truth and his enormous capacity for friendship. "Deeds, not words and wishes" succinctly charactize his zeal as an ardent defender of the faith.
About the Author: Michael L. Gaudoin-Parker a British priest, has for over twenty years been living near Assisi. A contemplative lifestyle of reflection and research has permitted him to write articles for various periodicals and books focused on the Eucharist. Among his works, those published by ST PAULS/Alba House are The Real Presence through the Ages: Jesus Adored in the Sacrament of the Altar (1993), Heart in Pilgrimage: Meditating Christian Spirituality in the Light of the Eucharistic Prayer (1994), A Window on the Mystery of Faith: Mystical Umbria Enlivened by the Eucharist (1997) and Hearts Aflame with Hope: Volume 1: Augustine of Hippo & Francis of Assisi (2012). T & T Clark published his Hymn of Freedom: Celebrating and Living the Eucharist in 1997.