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Gifts of the Eucharist

Gifts of the Eucharist

Stories to Transform and Inspire 

Author: Nancy C. Reeves

Author: Bernadette Gasslein

Price: $12.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-203-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: March 1, 2009

More Spirituality, Theology


In this collection of compelling personal stories and theological reflections, noted spiritual guides Nancy Reeves and Bernadette Gasslein team up to revitalize Catholic appreciation of the Eucharist as the communal center of the faith. Each chapter is built around stories from a variety of believers that guide readers to explore ten gifts received through the Eucharist:

1. Transformation
2. Remembrance
3. Thanksgiving
4. Reconciliation
5. Healing
6. Nourishment
7. Guidance
8. Embrace
9. Community
10. Celebration

Each chapter concludes with the authors' adaptation of a psalm, questions for personal reflection or discussion in a small group, and a guided spiritual exercise.


"The Mass is what we need."

"Why do Catholics go to Mass? Nancy Reeves and Bernadette Gasslein asked them and their answers are so diverse that they can only be described as 'catholic'—as in 'all over the place.' This is a good thing; for the Mass is what we need, when we need it."

Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, Author of The Mass Is Never Ended

"A gentle and revelatory journey."

"Reeves and Gasslein begin with what is central to our faith—the Eucharist—and provide insights and challenges in our most ancient form of passing on the faith—story telling. In doing so, their methodology takes the reader through a gentle and revelatory journey of conversion and increased reverence."

Tom Powers, S.J., Executive Director
Graduate Programs of Pastoral Ministries and Counseling Psychology
Santa Clara University

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