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Models of the Eucharist Paperback – July 1, 2005
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As an academic, Msgr. Irwin prepares the future of the Church. His great humanity is born from his love of also serving at the parish level whenever possible. His interaction with those of us privileged to hear his homilies also allow us to hear that same homiletic style as he instructs us in the somewhat complex nuances of the Eucharist. You must pay attention to truly enjoy the read.
If you are Roman Catholic or a person interested in the vision Catholics have of the Eucharist, you would be hard pressed to find a better book.
Irwin's style is interesting. He likes to use the very Catholic rhetorical maneuver of defending one's views as the most "traditional," and he usually makes a pretty good case. His perspective appears balanced and centered, seeming at times to swing a bit left or a bit right (if one must use such terms), which I suspect is what a good centrist has to do to keep a balance. His frequent emphasis on "both/and" rather than "either/or" (also very Catholic), and on the importance of the impact of liturgy & sacrament on our whole lives, is particularly commendable. I had a few minor quibbles with the book here and there, but that's part of what makes it a good read.
And best of all, reading it makes the whole mass come alive!
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It is quite notable, and to this book's credit, that despite the blowzy heuristic of it-- founded it seems in polls and the like, right from the start-- it hangs together pretty... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Peter P. Fuchs