In Divine Love Made Flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke examines the beauty and power of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist in light of the profound and elucidating teachings of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Using clear and illuminating language, Cardinal Burke guides one through the teaching of the Church on this Most Holy Sacrament and its place in the life of every disciple of Jesus Christ. Truly inspiring, this spiritual treatise on the central Mystery of our Faith links the rich theology of the Church with pastoral practice and the spiritual life. To this end, Cardinal Burke's marvelous ability to reach the layman in simple yet inspiring language is sure to engender the love of the Eucharist in the hearts of all who read it.
Raymond Cardinal Burke has given us an important and timely gift in his book, Divine Love Made Flesh. It is sad but true that devotion to the Holy Eucharist has greatly diminished among many contemporary Catholics, and with it an understanding of the importance of the Eucharist has diminished, as well. Thus it is vital that sound Eucharistic theology be taught clearly, fully, and in a way that inspires the awe and gratitude that the Eucharist deserves. In Divine Love Made Flesh Cardinal Burke does exactly that. Using the writings of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI as a guide, he offers us a wonderful vision into the endless mystery of God s love that is made manifest in the Holy Eucharist. In this excellent book the cardinal provides the reader with a clear yet profound understanding of the great sacrament that is the source and summit of our faith. --Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR
St Augustine calls the Eucharist the bond of charity. St Thomas calls it the Sacrament of ecclesial unity . Cardinal Ratzinger's ecclesiology is that of a Eucharistic community. Based on these foundations, Popes John Paul and Benedict have enriched the Church with the documents, Ecclesia de Eucharistia and Sacramentum Caritatis. Cardinal Burke s accurate and readable commentary on these two major documents will help Catholics to appreciate ever more the marvelous gift of the Eucharist and the rich teachings of these Popes. --Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
Drawing from the holy wisdom of our two most recent holy fathers, Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Cardinal Burke's teaching on the mystery of the Eucharist is clear and deep, profound and practical. Written by a true prince of the Church, especially for Catholic laity, It is ideal for personal study and for prayer/study groups. Spelling out the truth and beauty of the Church's eucharistic doctrine - in the light and logic of divine love - this book will both inform and inspire. Divine Love Made Flesh truly deserves to become a classic. --Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, Franciscan University of Steubenville
About the Author
Born in 1948 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, Raymond Leo Burke attended seminary in La Crosse, Washington, D.C., and Rome, where he was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI in 1975. Ordained a bishop in 1995 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and over four years as Archbishop of St. Louis. Since 2008, he has served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. He was named a cardinal in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Burke has written and spoken widely on Roman Catholic canon law, as well as on the Holy Eucharist, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the sanctity of human life.