The Eucharist is at the foundation of the Word on Fire movement. In this episode of the “Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron discusses what it means to be grounded in the Eucharist and how all Catholics can draw closer to the Blessed Sacrament as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence of Jesus Christ.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Introduction, recap of the natural disasters in Santa Barbara County
  • 2:45 – What does it mean to be grounded in the Eucharist?
  • 5:00 – How is the Eucharist religiously themed as “meal”?
  • 9:30– How does the Eucharist as “sacrifice” illuminate our understanding of Communion?
  • 14:50 – How does the Eucharist as the “real presence” relate the power of this sacrament?
  • 18:55 – How can we learn from the Eucharistic miracles?
  • 21:40 – How can we better ground ourselves in the Blessed Sacrament?
  • 24:00 – Listener Question: How can we explain God’s non-competitive transcendence in light of transubstantiation?

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3 comments on “WOF 115: Grounded in the Eucharist

  1. Christopher Feb 20, 2018

    Thanks for answering my question Bishop Barron! I was really struggling with that to be honest.

    I love your ability to give succinct answers to complex questions.

  2. Michael Lewis Feb 24, 2018

    Excellent points! As a seminarian, my love for the Eucharist has grown profoundly. I’ve found myself desire to pray my holy hour in Eucharistic adoration vs the Tabernacle. I understand it is the real presence either way but is there something to this pull towards Eucharistic adoration? I haven’t heard much on the difference between the two. It is also a practical thing because I can go to the Tabernacle and pray any time of the day vs if I want Eucharistic adoration it is only 6am to 7am. As a future, god willing, priest of the Eucharist, should I make it a priority to pray in Eucharistic adoration? And it is not offered currently on Wednesdays so should I request that we have adoration every day of the week? 2 years ago I would have just said pray wherever you want, God is present everywhere, but I feel something to the Eucharist adoration and I can’t quite put the words to the significance of it. Thanks! Mike.

  3. Surely it has been clearly established both in this article and eucharistic catechesis for the past fifty years that the ancient practice of receiving the Eucharist was by standing and receiving in the hand, and this obtained for roughly a millenium.. Yet, I have never seen any discussion of why this practice was suppressed, and surely that should be taken into account in discussions of this sort. I do not know, but I suspect that it had everything to do with reverence for the Eucharist and of putting a stop to incidents that others here have mentioned recently, such as hosts being discarded in the pews etc. etc. Yet surely there are authoritative documents that go into this change, which would likely have been have been abrupt and noteworthy when it happened. What was it? A papal decree, a conciliar decision, the preaching of saints . . .what? This cannot have gone unremarked and unresearched in liturgical scholarship over the past half century and more. Am I wrong? Can anyone point me to articles and authors that deal with this alteration in sacramental practice?

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