Written by: Fr. Shannon Collins
Category: Liturgy (CD)
Join the Holy Father and "Banish the Dark Clouds" of Unacceptable Eucharistic Doctrine and Practice!
In April 2003, Pope John Paul II issued his new encyclical on the Blessed Sacrament, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (Church of the Eucharist). Perhaps the most powerful document of his entire papacy, it's an awesome spiritual treasury of teaching on the "central mystery" of our Faithä¸îthe Holy Eucharist! Faithful Catholics everywhere are greeting these words of the Supreme Pontiff with joy, but the fact that they needed to be written at all is both revealing and disturbing. Why would the highest-ranking prelate in the world find it necessary to compose an official document of the Church devoted to teachings that every Catholic should already believe, know and love?
A "Tightening Up"
In the timely new series Sacrament Most Holy: The Urgent Message of Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Fr. Shannon Michael Collins CPM, unpacks the Pope's latest Encyclical to reveal the Holy Father's urgent message to you regarding the source and summit of your Catholic Faith. Recorded live at Mother Angelica's Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and available now on three CDs or cassettes, Fr. Shannon describes the Pope's letter as a welcome rejection of liturgical abuses and religious indifference and a "tightening up" of the doctrine and practices of the Church concerning the Holy Eucharist.
Return to Reverence
As Father Collins relates, the Supreme Pontiff has taken the occasion of the promulgation of this awesome new encyclical to insist on a return to Eucharistic reverence and devotion. As Father's insightful commentary unfolds you'll discover Pope John Paul's frustration that the Eucharist is often "celebrated as if it were simply a fraternal banquet", that "Eucharistic Adoration has been almost completely abandoned", how liturgical abuses have led to "confusion with regard to sound faith and Catholic doctrine" concerning the Blessed Sacrament, why the Mass is "too important and precious" to compromise by "innovative" practices, how many of these abuses have been "institutionalized" and most important what's to be done about it!
Promulgated on the anniversary of Christ's institution of the priesthood, this document emerges as one of Pope John Paul II's most personal. You'll gain a new perspective into the heart of the Holy Father as Fr. Collins relates JPII's reminiscences about celebrating the Holy Sacrifice, from his first mass as a simple parish priest to the humbling experience of offering the Eucharistic sacrifice in the Cenacle, the very upper room where Christ Himself offered the first Mass at the Last Supper.
Most Holy: The Urgent Message of Ecclesia de Eucharistia with Fr. Shannon
Michael Collins today and experience Pope John Paul II's beautiful defense of
the Blessed Sacrament as he exercises his supreme teaching office to proclaim
the unchanging, saving truths of our Faith.
What You'll Discover:
Fr. Shannon Michael Collins, C.P.M. — A graduate of St. Phillip Neri Seminary in Toronto, Canada and a native of Cohasset, Fr. Collins joined the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy in 1994. After completing his seminary training and priestly formation, Fr. Collins was ordained to the sacred priesthood in 2000. Fulfilling the primary mission of the Fathers of Mercy to preach parish missions and conduct retreats, Fr. Collins travels the country giving talks that provide practical and helpful support to better understand life in the light of Christ. Fr. Collin's recent tape series' for St. Joseph Communications include Spiritual Boot Campä¸îBecoming A Soldier For Christ, Firestorm of Faith and God's Remedy for Our Times.
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