Pope John Paul II and Rekindle Amazement
In his master plan for the new millennium, the Apostolic Letter At the Beginning of the Third Millennium, (Novo Millennio Ineunte), John
Paul II emphasized the importance of “starting afresh from Christ”…
His last Encyclical is on the Holy Eucharist, which he says “contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself.” Building on his master plan further, he emphasised the need to “rekindle amazement”
on the Eucharist and to “contemplate the face of Christ.”
Rekindling Eucharistic Amazement
“Ecclesia de Eucharistia” of Pope John Paul II
On the Eucharist in Its Relationship to the Church (April 17, 2003)
6. “I would like to rekindle this Eucharistic “amazement” by the present Encyclical Letter…
“To contemplate the face of Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the “programme” which I have set before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium, summoning her to put out into the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the new evangelization.
“…The Church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist…
9. “The Eucharist, as Christ’s saving presence in the community of the faithful and its spiritual food, is the most precious possession which the Church can have in her journey through history…
13. “…The Eucharist thus appears as both the source and the summit of all evangelization, since its goal is the communion of mankind with Christ and in him with the Father and the Holy Spirit. 41
24. “…The Eucharist, precisely by building up the Church, creates human community…
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on 17 April, Holy Thursday, in the year 2003, the Twenty-fifth of my Pontificate, the Year of the Rosary.
—Ioannes Paulus II
With their arms outstretched in the air giving praise and glory to God, young and old from around the nation gathered together for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s twenty-third annual Catholic Charismatic Conference held June 10-12…
Father Gordon, who was often interrupted with thunderous applause from the audience, continued, “Our whole life is to be eucharistic.” He reminded the participants that they came to the conference to “encounter the glory of God.”
The event drew about 1,300 participants of all ages from around the country and Canada, and included workshops and talks on prayer, discerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare, forgiveness, and more. Participants also had the opportunity for confession, eucharistic adoration, and praise and worship.
Saturday morning, Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, Franciscan University’s vice president for Mission Effectiveness, beseeched the participants to
be amazed by the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. “Are we in awe?” he asked enthusiastically. “We should be more amazed.”
In trying to rekindle amazement in the Eucharist, Father Pivonka said one must say, “Jesus make this Eucharist new for me, like I’ve never received…The Lord wants to amaze you…”
“This weekend was a very powerful manifestation of the love of God for me…It made me realize how the Eucharist transforms people into messengers of his love.”