Catholics are a sacramental people, the Eucharist in particular is central to our everyday lives, and yet often we don’t get a chance to learn much about this wonderful sacrament as we grow into Christian adulthood. This book is an attempt to bring us from our basic First Holy Communion faith into a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist.
This book asks and answers many of the questions that Catholic adults and parent shave about the Eucharist. The questions raised are ones I have encountered among people I work with in parishes, and in my own experience of life and the challenges people face in an increasingly complex world.
The book is intended for adults who wish to engage in a critical and informed manner with their faith, who wish to begin to engage in theological reflection as they seek to enter ever more deeply into relationship with God. It is hoped that the book will be faithful to the theological task of faith seeking understanding, with seeking being a key term, an activity we are all to engage in, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Eucharist, What do we believe? will better equip believers to ‘be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence’ (I Pet 3:15 -16).
About the Author
Fáinche Ryan, a native of Tralee, Co. Kerry, holds a doctorate in theology from the University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome and is a lecturer in theology at the Mater Dei Institute, a college of Dublin City University. She is the author of Formation in Holiness, Thomas Aquinas on Sacra Doctrina (2007) and of several articles in theological journals.