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A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist

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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life--a sacrament of inexhaustible richness, according to the Catholic Catechism. Written to give lay Catholics a better understanding of the Eucharist, this book is recognized as a modern spriritual classic. In remarkably clear and straightforward language, it takes the reader step-by-step into the deepest mysteries ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Ignatius Press (first published March 1st 2002)
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Brett Salkeld
This book is essential reading for Catholics who want to better understand the Eucharistic mystery. Abbot Vonier's key insight is that whenever the Eucharist is detached from the sacramental logic that undergirds it, the integrity of Eucharistic faith is lost. A consistently sacramental vision of presence and sacrifice will do much to rid Catholic piety of magical, fideist and voluntarist tendencies. Leaning heavily on Thomas Aquinas, Vonier does an excellent job of providing just such a consist ...more
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May 30, 2015 Peter Mottola rated it it was amazing
Many Catholics think that the Real Presence is, pretty much, all there is to know about the Eucharist. But Dom Anscar Vonier in this beautiful series of reflections on the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas allows us to rediscover what Catholics once kept in the fore-front of their minds: namely, that the a fuller understanding of the Eucharist includes not only the Real Presence of Christ, but also the fact that the Eucharist is both a sacrament and a sacrifice.
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Jul 15, 2014 Thadeus rated it really liked it
This was a very challenging and rewarding read. I believe that I benefited a lot from reading it, but it will definitely take a re-read or two to really grasp all that is laid out in the book. The whole thing was edifying, but I think that the most plain language (and what spoke to me) was the section in chapter 21, "The Eucharistic Liturgy," especially from page 249 to the end.

Recommended for anyone who wants to learn deeply about the Eucharist.
Dec 31, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Theologians, Catholidorks
Recommended to Jenn by: Fr. John's Top 100 List
This is an excellent book with many great insights into the mystery surrounding the Blessed Sacrament. It is, however, very dense theologically, and thus may not appeal to the large majority of laity. It is a book that needs to be read fairly slowly, both for comprehension and assimilation of ideas before continuing on in the book.
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Abbot Vonier was a Benedictine monk who lived from 1876 to 1938. He was elected Abbot of Buckfast Abbey, England, in 1906, and served in that capacity until his death. During his lifetime Vonier gained fame as the rebuilder of Buckfast, which had been left in ruins following the Reformation, and as the author of some 15 books of popular theology — works which developed “a vast company of admirers ...more
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