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Eucharist. Session 7. The «Eucharistic Writings» of Saint Francis Church’s reform after the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) & the Eucharistic letter Sane cum olim of Pope Honorius III (22nd November 1219). the first Admonition, «The Body of Christ»;

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Eucharist

Session 7


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  • The «Eucharistic Writings» of Saint Francis

    • Church’s reform after the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) & the Eucharistic letter Sane cum olim of Pope Honorius III (22nd November 1219).

  • the first Admonition, «The Body of Christ»;

  • the 1st & 2nd Letters to the Faithful

  • the Letter to the Clerics & the First Letter to the Custodians;

  • the Letter to the Rulers of the Peoples, 6-7;

  • the Earlier Rule (RnB), XX,5-6;

  • the Letter to the Entire Order, 12-37;

  • The Testament, 6-11; the Prayer Inspired by the Our Father, 63.


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Admonition 1

  • Francis = learning to recognize the Presence of Jesus!

  • If you knew me, you would also know my Father; and from now on, you do know him and have seen him.

  • Philip, whoever sees me sees my Father as well(Jn 14:6-9).


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  • Behold, each day He humbles Himself as when He came from the royal throne (Wis 18:15; Phil 2:8) into the Virgin’s womb; [HOSPITALITY]

  • each day He Himself comes to us, appearing humbly; each day He comes down from the bosom of the Father (Jn 1:18) upon the altar in the hands of a priest. [KENOSIS]


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  • Goal of Spirituality: SEEING w/new eyes royal throne (Wis 18:15; Phil 2:8) into the

    • And as they saw only His flesh, yet believed that He was God as they contemplated Him with their spiritual eyes,

    • let us, as we see bread and wine with our bodily eyes, see and firmly believe that they are His most holy Body and Blood living and true.


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Earlier Exhortation – 1 in a worthy manner, st Version

  • 1209-1215 All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength (cf. Mk 12:30), and love their neighbors as themselves (cf. Mt 22:39)

  • receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.


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  • Only he must eat and drink worthily because in a worthy manner, he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body, eats and drinks judgment to himself (1 Cor. 11:29);

  • that is, if he sees no difference between it and other food.

  • Produce fruit – love of neighbor


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  • And they will be the in a worthy manner, children of the heavenly Father, Whose works they do.

  • And they are spouses, brothers and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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I P E in a worthy manner, the common bond


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I in a worthy manner,

  • I = Incarnation

    • God’s free choice before even creation to empty Himself and take on the poverty of Humanity, and in absolute humility turn completely toward us.

    • The single defining act of God’s love


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P in a worthy manner,

  • P = Passion

    • Francis does not dwell on the pain & suffering, but on the extreme depth of love displayed by God

    • God’s willing-ness to endure even death to show his desire to love us

    • Love is not loved


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E in a worthy manner,

  • E = Eucharist

    • For Francis the final act of God’s [Jesus] self-emptying. To be physically present in the lowest, poorest, humblest manner of food

    • Eucharist and reverence

    • This manner of giving on God’s part is our model for imitation


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  • In this writing, Francis sets forth the essential conditions for living a penitential life:

    • A turning to God with all that one is (Shema).

    • Loving one's neighbor as oneself.

    • Acknowledging and despising one's personal tendency to sin.

    • Receiving the Eucharist devoutly.

    • Allowing God's Spirit to dwell in us.


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What is needed for the Journey: for living a penitential life:

  • Desire – our response to God’s Desire

  • Prayer – vehicle to spirituality

  • Solitude- entering the cave of the Heart leading to:

  • Community – living out the Gospel experience


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Practical ? -- Suggestions for living a penitential life:adapted from Henri Nouwen “Life of the Beloved”

  • Taken or chosen – we begin recognizing we are God’s beloved.

  • We are asked to enter into a personal relationship with God who asks/desires to be our lover


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  • Blessed for living a penitential life: – speaking well of the other

    • not just asking God to bless us as at Mass or through a clerical blessing

    • in our chosen-ness God blesses and loves us

    • Our actions are to bless and be blessing to each other

    • To express our understanding of the dignity and value of each other


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  • Broken for living a penitential life:– unique as is our chosen-ness. Spiritual, physical, mental, relational

    • calls us to rely on & trust others & and to be compassionate to the brokenness of others.

    • God accepts and loves us even if we are still in sin – His nature

    • God constantly chooses to be broken for love of us.

    • We tend to deny our weaknesses and suffering and become unable to hear the gentle voice that constantly calls us Beloved


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  • Given for living a penitential life:– the meaning of life in Christ is about taking up our cross, following, and being there for other.

    • We are not for our own sake, but we find significance in living for others

    • Being poor and humble, giving ourselves for others but also allowing others to give themselves for us

    • This is fraternity – hospitality - Eucharist

      The adventure is daring to live the Gospel


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How has or how might for living a penitential life:

your life be transformed

into being eucharist?