In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood dwells in me and I dwell in that person’ (John 6:56). To be a disciple is to abide within God’s own life, and in the gift of the Eucharist, we have been given the best way to do this.
On Sunday, for the feast of Corpus Christi, a beautiful procession wound through the streets of Carlton, bearing witness to this mystery of the faith, and Abbot Paul Gunter OSB of Douai Abbey gave a rousing homily at Sacred Heart Church, reminding us that ‘without the Eucharist, there is no Church.’
Abbot Paul—in Melbourne for the Archdiocese’s annual Clergy Conference—also joined us for an enlightening conversation about how we might recover a sense of astonishment at the beauty of the liturgy, and what this has to do with the Church’s mission; we hear the moving story of how Ukrainian refugee Nataliia Babii and her family have been sustained by their faith; and we explore the Sacred Heart Chapel at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
In the lead-up to World Youth Day, we also continue our exploration of what pilgrimage means by offering a brief history of this ancient Christian practice.
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