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With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life

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Nouwen uses the story of the disciples on their way to Emmaus to offer us a richer understanding of the Eucharist. We discover that the journey of these two disciples is one we are all called to share. As we travel with them from mourning to discernment, from invitation to intimacy, and from community to going forth to witness, we realize that what we are celebrating and w ...more
Published May 1st 2005 by Franciscan Media (first published 1994)
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Jul 13, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Rachel
Shelves: want-to-reread
I was surprised by how much I loved this book. My previous experiences with Nouwen were good but not amazing, and I expected a book about the Eucharist to be somewhat dry and theoretical. This, however, was straightforward, honest, relatable, and invigorating. Nouwen uses the story of the travelers on the road to Emmaus to walk through the parts of the Mass and how we are invited to participate at each stage.

One passage I particularly loved was when Nouwen talks about how we bring our resentment
Wilhelmina Jenkins
This short, moving, beautifully illustrated book was suggested to me by someone who knew how much I love Nouwen's books. I began reading it during Lent, but I quickly realized that it is a perfect book for the 50-day Easter season. Nouwen uses the story in the Gospel of Luke about Jesus' post-resurrection encounter with two disciples on the road to Emmaus as they moved from despair to their reunion with Jesus to spreading the Good News. Nouwen shows how, through the Eucharist, we take a similar ...more
Eucharist means Thanksgiving, which I guess is appropriate that I completed it today. (Happy Thanksgiving Americans!)
I cannot praise this book highly enough. Nouwen has written of a journey (the road to Emmaus) exploring the hearts and minds of the journeyers as they come to terms with the loss of their Friend, Jesus. Jesus was crucified only a few days earlier, and they had been hoping that he would save this world, since he had spoken of doing so for so long. This entry into the journey then
Jan 29, 2015 Leonardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leonardo by: Federico Ripaldi
Bueno, es un folletito muy lindo. Una meditación sobre la eucaristía en base a la palabra de los discípulos de Emaús. La Eucaristía (y nuestra vida) es acción de gracias, nuestra tarea es escuchar su Palabra, invitarlo a nuestra casa y así cambiar nuestra queja por alegría, y contagiar a otros. Para seguir trabajando y meditando, usándolo como material pastoral. 4.5 diría.
Oct 05, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautifully written book and a profound exposition on communion. It has radically altered my view of this sacrament mostly through broadening the scope of its meaning to my faith. This takes the routine of communion and raises it in my heart to the level it deserves. Nouwen is not only poetic in his language but also points to deeper implications than I have never heard anyone explain. And it matters not that he is Catholic, if you are Protestant, because he espouses universal truths ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
If you really want to understand what the holy mass in the Catholic church is all about -- read this book with an open heart and a time of prayer before the Lord.

Jun 14, 2013 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The name Henri Nouwen isn't new to me, but this is my first book of his. I have to admit that, even though I've read quite a few books explaining the Mass theologically, I still do not have a clear idea of how to bring the Eucharist into my everyday life. In other words, what does it really mean by living the Eucharistic life. Henri Nouwen answered my question.

Henri used the two disciples' journey to Emmaus from Jerusalem after Jesus' Crucifixion to narrate the Eucharistic experience they had -
Feb 21, 2014 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Written around “the road to Emmaus” story in Luke 24, Nouwen takes us through a series of 5 steps representing the Christian life: mourning our losses, discerning the presence, inviting the stranger, entering into communion, and going on a mission. Perhaps also a recurring cycle in our lives. (Probably only amazing to me, but I had a real breakthrough in my understanding of dark night and stepping up to the next challenge in my life. Thank you, Henri.)
Jan 16, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Burning Hearts focuses on the Gospel story of Emmaus and on the Eucharist. It addresses how we, as human beings, naturally yearn to connect to others. We believe that the person, to whom we connect, in effect will know or understand us and fills our need for hope or knowledge. While we see imperfect versions of this in others, there is a Perfect One to whom our pursuit is better spent. As such, this book is simple, earnest, and filling.
May 31, 2011 Longfellow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've said this before, but it remains true: I also seem to pick up Nouwen at the right time. This little book (less than 100 pages) doesn't offer any new big ideas to those already familiar with Henri Nouwen, but it does offer a different perspective on the themes discussed in detail in Life of the Beloved: we are Taken, Blessed, Broken, and Given, just as Christ himself was and as is symbolized in the Eucharist.

The reality of our losses, the gift of God's love, and our response of gratitude ar
Rob Petersen
Aug 25, 2014 Rob Petersen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short but excellent work by Nouwen expressing his reflections on the story found in Luke 24 about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Even a Protestant like me found great value in Nouwen's interaction with Luke's concluding story of table fellowship between Jesus and his followers.
Alberto Jacobo Baruqui
Reafirmando la estupenda lectura de los caminantes de Emaús. Para reflexionar y meditar sobre la vida eucarística. Preparación para ayudar en retiros. A mi me abrió los ojos de una manera inesperada. AJB
Jan 14, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful. It is so fantastic to have strong people of God write simple meditations on scripture. This is not mere exposition, nor is it fully emotional. It is a good mix of the two, reminding the Christian what it means to live a life symbolized by the Eucharist, and everything it entails, as demonstrated in the story of the men on the road to Emmaus. It was a good meditation to read, one a day, for about a week, and soak in. Good for devotional, or a good reminder of how much bigger life is th ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Susannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great look at living a life of gratitude filled by the Spirit at the table. He calls us to begin with communion to live in community and to live out mission!
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This reads like a long sermon. Nouwen provides his own meditations on the Road to Emmaus story from Luke and expounds on the concept of the Eucharist.

There is some good stuff here. It reads very poetic-like. However, there is no great revelation to be found.
May 02, 2012 Branimir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I like the book because Nouwen focuses on what is really important and in a simple manner shows us that the Eucharist has to reflect in our lives or otherwise is not what it is supposed to be.
Aug 04, 2008 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice read. Takes a simple, often overlooked story from the New Testament and draws so much meaning out of it. It's about gratitude.
Jimmy Locklear
Jun 04, 2013 Jimmy Locklear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than I hoped for on the road to Emmaus, communion, solitude, intimacy with Jesus and the life of gratitude. Will read again.
Mar 10, 2013 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is real meat. If you want to put some life back into communion, read this book.
Aug 13, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives new meanings to the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus
Apr 06, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect book to read right after Easter.
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Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (Nouen), (1932–1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.

Nouwen's books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike. The Wounded Healer, In the Name of Jesus, Clowning in Rome, The Life of the Beloved, and The Way of the Heart are just a few of the more widely recognized titles. After nearly two decades of
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“This cry for mercy is possible only when we are willing to confess that somehow, somewhere, we ourselves have something to do with our losses. Crying for mercy is a recognition that blaming God, the world, or others for our losses does not do full justice to the truth of who we are. At the moment we are willing to take responsibility, even for the pain we didn't cause directly, blaming is connected into an acknowledgement of our own role in human brokenness. The prayer for God's mercy comes from a heart that knows that this human brokenness is not a fatal condition of which we have become the sad victims, but the bitter fruit of the human choice to say "No" to love.” 1 likes
“The word "Eucharist" means literally "act of thanksgiving." To celebrate the Eucharist and to live a Eucharistic life has everything to do with gratitude. Living Eucharistically is living life as a gift, a gift for which one is grateful. But gratitude is not the most obvious response to life, certainly not when we experience life as a series of losses! Still, the great mystery we celebrate in the Eucharist and live in a Eucharistic life is precisely that through mourning our losses we come to know life as a gift.” 0 likes
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