In Community, Eucharist, and Spirituality, Kenan Osborne unpacks three fundamental Christian realities: community, its celebration of Eucharist, and eucharistic spirituality. Following a trajectory from the New Testament through the major theological traditions of the West - from the early church to today - Osborne unmasks the core elements of each reality. Paperback.
There can be no discussion of Eucharistic spirituality unless there is first of all, a Eucharistic celebration. Both the spirituality and the celebration, however, are unintelligible unless both exist within the reality of a Christian community. Major questions arise regarding the kind of community needed to ground both the celebration of Eucharist and the development of a Eucharistic spirituality. Through historic observation, Osborne challenges modern assumptions about Eucharistic spirituality. His assessment provides a healthy direction to the emerging 21st century understanding of the Eucharist.
This book is based on the author's 2005 lecture at The Catholic Church in the 21st Century symposium held in Kansas City, MO.
Father Kenan Osborne, OFM, a professor of systematic theology since 1968 at the Franciscan School of Theology-Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California, has authored many books on sacramental theology and Catholic ministry. He is a past-president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, which honored him with the John Courtney Murray Award in 2002. Since 1990, he has traveled extensively in Asia, especially China, and has lectured in several Asian universities. He has written twelve books.
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