Shaping a Eucharistic Identity (Special Podcast Highlight)

Do you have a worldview that is shaped by the Eucharist?

In a recent episode of “The Inner Life,” host Patrick Conley, alongside Bishop Andrew Cozzens, delves into a profound exploration of the Eucharist and Scriptures. This episode is nothing short of a spiritual feast, my friends!

The Eucharistic Revival:

  • Bishop Cozzens, the dynamic leader of the National Eucharistic Congress, shares exciting updates. 
  •  Day passes, discounts, and free access for children under 12 were highlighted, making this a “come one, come all” event!
  •  Accommodations like campgrounds and schools are being opened for attendees. 
  • You can learn more here! 

Diving into the Scriptures:

  •  The Bishop eloquently discusses the significance of the Eucharistic words in Luke’s Gospel, emphasizing how they represent the process of being taken, blessed, broken, and given by God.

Personal and Universal Implications:

  • The phrase “for you” in the Eucharistic prayer is mentioned as a profound declaration of Jesus’ personal and universal love for you. He knows you and calls you into His heart. 

The Eucharist and Our Identity:

  •  The Eucharist reveals our true identity as part of Christ’s body, calling us to live out this union in our daily lives.
  • Through the Eucharist, we are invited to participate in Christ’s work in the world, embodying His love and sacrifice.

Suffering Transformed:

  • Bishop Cozzens discusses how the Eucharist gives meaning to our sufferings, turning them into powerful acts of love and sacrifice.
  •  This perspective offers hope and purpose, even in the midst of life’s trials. If you are struggling with a difficult cross, you can lift up this suffering at the Offertory during Mass. Then ask that it be used to help someone else who is also going through a hard time. This makes the cross meaningful. It’s a stirring call to embrace the mystery and grace of the Eucharist in our everyday lives.

You can listen to the whole hour here! 

Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.