Last Thursday here in Jacksonville my wife and I attended a talk given by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio on the Eucharist. It was fairly well attended and the same parish is attempting to bring in speakers quarterly. They got off to a good start because Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio is an excellent speaker. Like most good speakers he blends humor, personal stories, and the meat of subject (meat of the subject is pretty appropriate for a discussion on the Eucharist).
Being that the Eucharist is an infinite mystery you can always get more out of any talk on the subject even when familiar ground is covered. It is always surprising on a subject of how you will have previously missed something that then suddenly looms large when you look at it from another angle or emphasis. One thing that he mentioned that I had not previously known is that the term "Real Presence" arose out of Anglicanism and was used to contrast with others that maintain that the Body and Blood are present only figuratively or symbolically.
Dwight Longenecker has an in depth article on the history of the term and some valid concerns about its widespread adoption.
Marcellino D’Ambrosio talk covered the basics about the Eucharist and also went in to some more in depth discussion on the subject. I just love a talk where terms like "accidents" and "substance" are discussed. Which I guess can be considered red meat for Catholics when it comes to a proper understanding of transubstantiation. The second part of his talk on on Christ’s presence in the Mass and getting more out of it. The talks came from his series Feast of Faith and the second talk focused on how we can properly digest the Eucharist and to be both more prepared for reception and allowing it to transform our lives.
If you get a chance to attend one of his talks I would strongly encourage you to go. Marcellino D’Ambrosio also appears on EWTN and Catholic Answers Live. In fact he was on Catholic Answers last Friday and you can listen to it [Real Audio] [MP3]
I got a chance to talk to him shortly during the break. He had wrote me previously promoting his excellent site The Crossroad Initiative and told me to introduce myself when he came to town. He wrote me today and now I have some concerns that he might need his eyesight checked.
Thanks so much for coming to my recent talks at Assumption parish in Jacksonville and for taking the time to come up to the book table and say hi! You look younger than I would have expected seeing as your bio says you have two adult kids!
Thanks so much for your internet apostolate—I appreciate your humor and your passion for the faith!
Flattery will get you far with me since my ego is such an easy target to hit.
The one time that I have ever missed Mass since my conversion to Catholicism was also the one time that Dwight Longnecker visited our parish over here in England 🙁
As for Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, he’s recorded some of the ‘talks’ for a part of out CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) Course that we’re about to start in our parish on Tuesday evening and every subsequent Tuesday up until Lent. I’m looking forward to getting to that point in the programme where I get to hear what he has to say on the Sacraments,Mass, Prayer, Mary and the Saints. I hope that who come along to find out more about the faith will find him just as inspiring as I’m sure I will.
This is my first time as a co-leader in this ministry, prayers would be most welcome for those working in the field of Catholic Evangelism and those who are enquirers of the Faith.!
Can someone please tell me, and it seems it has been the “Year of the Eucharist” for so long, why if the church really wants to instill pride and belief back into transubstantiation why it, especially after the latest Synod still refuses to:
Make all kneel before receiving
Do away with those Eucharistic Ministers, whom JPII said should only be used in “extenuating circumstances”
Deny our Lord to baby killers such as Kennedy and Kerry-but still refuse to do so
Do away with Kasper and his “Eucharistic Hospitality sessions” with Protestants?
So if we are really going to talk the talk-I would suggest all start walking the walk. Till then most like my children will think it is just a piece of bread one receives in ones dirty snot soaked hands and places in ones mouth after receiving from the Old Lady who just read from the Bible as the Priest was to lazy to