In thinking and praying in regard to the
Eucharist I have developed a wonderfully joyous understanding and love
for Christ in my life. His presence permeates my day. Father Cameli’s
book, Bread of Life calls me and adds to that presence/intimacy in the
first line of the book where he states :”I cannot imagine my life
without the Eucharist.” This book connects our everyday lives to the
presence of Christ. Day in and day out we live our lives
with a sense of ‘gift of Christ living in others’. Father Cameli’s
Eucharistic autobiography helps us to connect his life with ours.
This assists us in developing the community we long for in this life as
a foretaste of heaven.
Father Cameli’s book presents the question of the
transforming power of the Eucharist. This
transformation takes place personally as we bring
Christ’s presence to others and communally as the
community is transformed by Christ in a way that makes
us aware of how our lives effect/affect others.
From our participation at daily Mass, as Father Cameli explains in this video,
Draw Near - A Video Guide to the Catholic Mass
to our communal worship on Sundays, the Eucharist
sustains our lives on our journey. The hunger we have for the
nourishment of the Eucharist drives us and sustains us through our lived
lives. Our own sexuality flows from our realization that this sacrament
calls us to respect not only our own bodies as Christ dwells within but
also the bodies of others as Christ resides within them. The Eucharist
ties all of human experiences together.
This book can be read in little sips or in big gulps. It is set up in a
very organized and readable manner in which major themes are broken into
manageable thoughts and then questions are posed for reflection or
sharing. On page 79, Fr. Cameli offers us the question: “ From your
personal perspective, how does the Eucharist cast light for you on the
questions raised by important human experiences? ”I’ve offered this book
to my own students and Catholic school teachers who attended a religious
institute and they wanted to talk over the questions posed. One student
recently received her First Holy Communion after reading and discussing
the book. It is a book that transforms our own lives and the lives of
the people we are in community with.