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Friday, November 04, 2005

"Eucharistic spirituality ... comprises the whole of life"

Here is a ZENIT translation of Proposition 39 from the 2005 Synod of Bishops (emphasis and bullets added):
Christian faithful need greater understanding of the relationship between the Eucharist and daily life. Eucharistic spirituality does not consist only in participation in the Mass and devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament. It comprises the whole of life.

Above all we encourage the lay faithful to continue their search to
  • give the Eucharist a higher meaning in their lives and to
  • feel hunger for God. We ask lay theologians to
  • express their experience of living daily life with a Eucharistic spirit. We especially encourage families to
  • be inspired by and draw life from the Eucharist.
In this way, they will take part in the transformation of their baptismal vocation which destines them to take the Good News to their neighbors.

In this context shines the prophetic testimony of consecrated women and men, who find in the Eucharistic celebration and in Adoration the strength for a radical following of Christ, obedient, chaste and poor. Consecrated life has here the source of contemplation, light for apostolic and missionary action, the ultimate meaning of their own commitment to the poor and marginalized, and the pledge of the realities of the Kingdom.
Prop. 40 ("Divorced Persons Who Have Remarried and the Eucharist") will get all the press, but 39 is a lesson we all, and we each, should learn. The parts in bold are what the lay faithful are supposed to do.