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Monday, October 24, 2005

The Eucharist Makes the Church

The recent discussions on other blogs referrring to de Lubac and Ressourcement led me to call one of my dearest friends and mentors to ask him about this movement. He said that after he moved through Will Willimon, Hauerwas and the Duke school, he came to de Lubac and Ressourcement. He recommended the book, The Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology, by Paul McPartlan. For those more familiar with Ressourcement, where does McPartlan fit in Catholic theology.

I am reading a two part interview with Father McPartlan conducted by Zenit. It is very interesting and quotes de Lubac that in the first millenium the Eucharist made the church, but in the second millenium switched to the church makes the Eucharist. I just wanted to post these two interviews and see what issues/thoughts come to mind.

Everything about Radical Orthodoxy pushes us towards the Eucharist as the center of our lives, and yet we all raise questions about the embodiment of just such a theology. I love the quote that begins the second interview:
"The Eucharist contains riches to feed and forgive us, to strengthen and unite us, and to guide and protect us on our pilgrim way."
What are your thoughts?

Part 1 of the Interview
Part 2 of the Interview

4 Comments:

Blogger St.Phransus said...

scott, i just picked up alexander schmemann's book eucharist. do you have it?

October 26, 2005 5:34 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I do, but I have not read much of it yet. The Schmemann book with which I am most familiar is For the Life of the World.

October 26, 2005 9:32 AM  
Blogger David said...

I really appreciate this post. I am not personally familiar with the work of Fr. Paul McPartlan, but I guess I should be! Thanks for the links to the Zenit interview. I really enjoyed this interview - I can't believed I missed it when it first came out. Let me ask around about him and I'll let you know what I find out.

I do have a couple of observations for you.
1. Consider the life work of Pope Benedict XVI (B16). He has written extensively on the topic of the liturgy and the Eucharist.
2. Refer to the Eucharistic Congress in Bari. The first public event B16 attended.
3. Refer to the main theme and texts of the most recent World Youth Day in Germany.
4. Refer to the texts of the recent Synod on the Eucharist.

October 28, 2005 8:20 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Thanks, David. I will definitely do that. This whole process is exciting. My first forays outside of Protestant writings were into Eastern Orthodoxy. I just started reading de Lubac's, Catholicism, and I read the intro to Milbank's The Suspended Middle, his take on de Lubac.

Grace and Peace,
Scott

October 28, 2005 5:31 PM  

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