This creative prayer compendium invites readers to spend an hour in eucharistic adoration while meditating on the seven last words of Jesus and shows them how to do it. Charles Murphy also profiles seven contemporary Catholics--like Edith Stein and John Paul II--who are inspiring models of eucharistic devotion. Like many devotions that fell out of favor after the Second Vatican Council, eucharistic adoration has seen swelling popularity in recent years. Msgr. Charles Murphy, author of the acclaimed The Spirituality of Fasting, reintroduces this practice for today. Offering a simple guide for those new to eucharistic devotion, he brings together reflections on the seven last words of Jesus with the profiles of seven modern Christians known for their devotion to the eucharist, including Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Dorothy Day, Blessed John XXIII, Blessed John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
Monsignor Charles M. Murphy is currently the director of the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and several books, including The Spirituality of Fasting, Eucharistic Adoration, At Home on the Earth, Wallace Stevens: A Spiritual Poet in a Secular Age, and Belonging to God. Murphy is the former academic dean and rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome and served as part of the editorial group working in Italy under Cardinal Ratzinger on the third draft of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which became the fourth and final version. Murphy currently serves as consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee on catechetics, reviewing materials for conformity with the Catechism. He served as chair of the editorial committee that produced the pastoral letter on environmental issues by the Bishops of the Boston Province and he served as a consultant to the USCCB for their statement on global warming. He has been the pastor of four parishes in Maine and has served his diocese in ecumenical and educational capacities. Murphy holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University, a masters degree in education from Harvard University, and a bachelors degree in classics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Cardinal William Joseph Levada served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2005 to 2012.
"Msgr. Charles Murphy invites us to rediscover the riches of adoration."--Cardinal William Levada, Former Prefect of The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith "Do not read this book: pray this book. An extraordinary combination of biblical study, knowledge of giants in the Catholic tradition, and profound spiritual insights borne, no doubt, of the author's own practice of Eucharistic adoration. An incomparable companion for one's experience of the worship of the Eucharist--invitational, poignant and pastoral. Murphy draws us into appreciating what is never totally appreciated--the experience of 'communion' in and with the Eucharistic Lord. An excellent companion to anyone on the journey to deeper conversion and joy in the Eucharistic Lord."--Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, Former Dean, The School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America "Msgr. Murphy's book calls forth a profound desire to gaze at the Eucharistic Heart and to sit at His school to become witnesses of His love."--Mother Adela Galindo, S.C.T.J.M. , Foundress, The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary "Using Jesus' last words and the virtuous qualities of Christian witnesses, Msgr. Murphy invites readers into a deeper relationship with our Eucharistic Lord. A great prayer resource!"--Rev. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C. , Novice Master, Congregation of Holy Cross "What a wonderful gift! Msgr. Murphy's book will help everyone who reads it enter into deep, meaningful contemplation! I will recommend to every parish where I speak on perpetual adoration." --Katie Pfeffer, CatholicAdoration.com
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