This book of individual reflections – some short, some longer – on the place of the Eucharist in the life of (American) priests has certainly prompted some thought and reflection as I read it. I can’t say that I agreed entirely with some of what was written, or the theology that underpins it, but they have certainly achieved the purpose for which they were written, viz. to prompt priests to reflect on the place of the Eucharist – and not only its celebration – in the life of the contemporary priest, and the Eucharist as the source of an authentic spirituality for priesthood.
Speaking personally, I found the shorter reflections to be pithier and more “instructive”, while the longer ones were slightly too ‘academic’ for my taste in a book that is essentially about spirituality. I also have to confess that I found some of the reflections to be a little ‘underdone’ (is the polite way of putting it) and therefore more a distraction than a help.
Having said all of that however this book is profound. Whether you agree entirely with its contents it makes for a significant departure point for exploring a authentic, life-giving spirituality for priesthood.