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Guidelines for the Eucharistic Formation of the Young
by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
Our closing reflections in this conference concentrate on how we parents and teachers, priests and religious are to become apostles of the Eucharist in our day.
What is an apostle of the Eucharist? An apostle of the Eucharist is one who has certain Eucharistic qualities, eight to be exact:
But an apostle of the Eucharist has no illusions. There will be opposition. Have confidence, Jesus tells us. I have overcome the world.
Lord Jesus, in the Holy Eucharist, we believe You are with us in the Blessed Sacrament. We believe You are inviting us to become apostles of the Eucharist through the young people You place into our lives.
You told us, Allow the little children to come unto me, and do not prevent them from doing so. In saying this, You were telling us to nourish the Eucharistic faith of the young. It is by believing in You that they come to You. It is by growing in their understanding of this faith that they will grow in their love for You.
Here on earth, they cannot see You with their bodily eyes. But they see You with the eyes of their soul provided we nurture their faith by our own deep belief in You our Eucharistic Lord and nourish their hearts by our own selfless affection for You our Eucharistic Love. Amen.
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