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Raymond Cardinal Burke has given us an important and timely gift in his book, Divine Love Made Flesh. It is sad but true that devotion to the Holy Eucharist has greatly diminished among many contemporary Catholics, and with it an understanding of the importance of the Eucharist has diminished, as well. Thus it is vital that sound Eucharistic theology be taught clearly, fully, and in a way that inspires the awe and gratitude that the Eucharist deserves. In Divine Love Made Flesh Cardinal Burke does exactly that. Using the writings of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI as a guide, he offers us a wonderful vision into the endless mystery of God s love that is made manifest in the Holy Eucharist. In this excellent book the cardinal provides the reader with a clear yet profound understanding of the great sacrament that is the source and summit of our faith. --Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR

St Augustine calls the Eucharist the bond of charity. St Thomas calls it the Sacrament of ecclesial unity . Cardinal Ratzinger's ecclesiology is that of a Eucharistic community. Based on these foundations, Popes John Paul and Benedict have enriched the Church with the documents, Ecclesia de Eucharistia and Sacramentum Caritatis. Cardinal Burke s accurate and readable commentary on these two major documents will help Catholics to appreciate ever more the marvelous gift of the Eucharist and the rich teachings of these Popes. --Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney

Drawing from the holy wisdom of our two most recent holy fathers, Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Cardinal Burke's teaching on the mystery of the Eucharist is clear and deep, profound and practical. Written by a true prince of the Church, especially for Catholic laity, It is ideal for personal study and for prayer/study groups. Spelling out the truth and beauty of the Church's eucharistic doctrine - in the light and logic of divine love - this book will both inform and inspire. Divine Love Made Flesh truly deserves to become a classic. --Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, Franciscan University of Steubenville

St Augustine calls the Eucharist the bond of charity. St Thomas calls it the Sacrament of ecclesial unity . Cardinal Ratzinger's ecclesiology is that of a Eucharistic community. Based on these foundations, Popes John Paul and Benedict have enriched the Church with the documents, Ecclesia de Eucharistia and Sacramentum Caritatis. Cardinal Burke s accurate and readable commentary on these two major documents will help Catholics to appreciate ever more the marvelous gift of the Eucharist and the rich teachings of these Popes. --Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney

Drawing from the holy wisdom of our two most recent holy fathers, Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Cardinal Burke's teaching on the mystery of the Eucharist is clear and deep, profound and practical. Written by a true prince of the Church, especially for Catholic laity, It is ideal for personal study and for prayer/study groups. Spelling out the truth and beauty of the Church's eucharistic doctrine - in the light and logic of divine love - this book will both inform and inspire. Divine Love Made Flesh truly deserves to become a classic. --Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Born in 1948 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, Raymond Leo Burke attended seminary in La Crosse, Washington, D.C., and Rome, where he was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI in 1975. Ordained a bishop in 1995 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and over four years as Archbishop of St. Louis. Since 2008, he has served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. He was named a cardinal in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Burke has written and spoken widely on Roman Catholic canon law, as well as on the Holy Eucharist, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the sanctity of human life.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic Action for Faith & Family (June 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981631428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981631424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 3, 2013
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Cardinal Burke is the Episcopal Advisor of the organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family. He is a man faithful to the Church's teachings and doesn't mind telling people they are not living correctly, such as telling "Catholic" pro-choice politicians that they should not receive the Eucharist. I bring up this example, because this book is about the Eucharist and the Church's teachings on it.

Divided into two parts, this book covers two important works on the Eucharist - Ecclesia de Eucharistia by Blessed Pope John Paul II and Sacramentum Caritatis by Pope Benedict XVI. Each chapter in the book is then devoted to a section of one of these two major Church documents by putting them in understandable language for us laymen. I don't know if you've ever tried to read an Encyclical or an Apostolic Exhortation, but you can find yourself drowning in a sea of words quickly if you dive in without guidance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am glad it was the first book I read for 2013. My favorite chapter was Chapter 20 "Becoming Whom We Receive in Holy Communion." In this chapter, I learned that by receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, we are called to become more like Jesus in our daily life. We are also truly called to change every aspect of our lives, not just show up on Sunday and be good for an hour, then live how we want to the rest of the week.

Overall, this book increased my appreciation of the Blessed Sacrament and created a longing in me to receive Jesus' Body and Blood more often than just Sunday Mass. It also created a sense of guilt in me that I have not been to Eucharistic Adoration in a long time and makes me want to go soon. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend you read this to increase your knowledge, reverence, and love of the most important sacrament in our Church, the Holy Eucharist.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company.
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This book is a great reflection on the Holy Eucharist From one of the best Cardinals to come out of the US. Cardinal Burke is a faithful and devout prince of the Church. His reflections are based on an encyclical by Pope John Paul II(Ecclesia de Eucharistia) and a Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Benedict XVI(Sacramentum Caritatis)Often the letters and the book share the same titles for each chapter. The book is Cardinal Burke's reflections on the encyclicals coupled with personal experience as a priest and shepherd of the Church.It is a great book to read during Eucharistic Adoration or prayer before the tabernacle in our Lord's presence. I highly recommend this concise yet poignant work.We can never spend too much time reflecting on the great mystery of God with us in the Holy Eucharist.
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Best summary of the writings of recent popes and Benedict on the centrality of the
Eucharist and the Real Presence in the bread and wine as the unique and distinguishing aspect of our Catholic Faith.
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Divine Love Made Flesh is a masterfully written reflection on the Eucharist as source and summit of God's love and the focal point of every disciple of Jesus Christ.

Honestly, I love any book that inspires me to draw closer to the Lord just by reading it. This one serves that purpose very well. Divine Love Made Flesh is definitely a work that describes the Sacrament of the Eucharist in a way that makes it clear that the Passion and Death of our Lord was/is the most loving, perfect sacrifice. The work of redemption takes place in the present each time Mass is celebrated, because the True Presence, Christ's Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity exist in time and space for us to consume and be transformed by.

Through incorporation and explanation of the teachings on the Eucharist given to us by Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke guides the reader to a greater understanding of the necessity of the Sacraments, the most central of which is the Holy Eucharist.

Reading this book has motivated me to find and read the original papal documents the author used (translated into English since my Latin is very limited) in creating this beautiful treatise on the significance of the Eucharist, the prominence it ought to have in the life of each Christian, and the ways in which we are to become Christ for one another through our participation in the Heavenly Feast.
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DIVINE LOVE MADE FLESH. Such an insightful disertation. Done in a manner that typical lay ministers will appreciate- learn from- be motivated by- and be prepared to dialog with others- especially their communicants. Clergy should have this on the reference table- in order to share such insights and the directives from recent encyclicals. John Paul II definitely inspired this work!Divine Love Made Flesh
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it was a wonderful read!
However,it was not what I was expecting. For some reason I thought it would be of what Cardinal Burke had in his own personal
Experience with adoration. However,it was very good to read and I think It gave me a deeper appreciation for the Holy EUCHARIST!
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Every Christian and in particular every Catholic should read and meditate a great exposition on the Mystery of the Eucharist, its biblical foundation and its importance for the life of the universal church and the live of every Christian.
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