Thursday, April 6, 2017
THE FOURTH CUP
Last night I was invited to give a talk entitled THE FOURTH CUP as part of the Lenten series hosted by Fr. Andre and the St. Francis Parish in Yona.
THE FOURTH CUP is a very profound and illuminating talk given several years ago by Dr. Scott Hahn on the sacrificial foundation of the Eucharist.
My talk was a summary of Dr. Hahn's with the aim to encourage listeners to explore Hahn's original talk which you can find on YouTube here or order the full version from St. Joseph Communications/Augustine Institute here.
Dr. Hahn's "call to action" with this talk is to investigate, appreciate and restore the sacrificial foundations of the Holy Eucharist as a means to true renewal.
I also shared some statistics which demonstrate the need for such a rediscovery and renewal.
Collapse of the number of priests and especially the number of religious sisters as well as a severe decline in baptisms.
A Gallup poll showing that only 30% of Catholics "believe they are actually receiving the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of brad and wine."
I noted to the audience that we don't need polls to show that there has been a long exodus from our pews. And that we cannot blame "the world" for this, and that through Jesus Christ, His Church, and His Sacraments, have everything we need to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth if we discover RIGHT WORSHIP.