If your summer reading list contains only the latest best-selling novels, add balance with a short spiritual audiobook. Father Robert Barron’s Eucharist
is a four-hour exploration of the “source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium
, 11). In the introduction, Father Barron says, “The Eucharist is not a luxury, but a necessity, for without it, we would, in a spiritual sense, starve to death.” I’ve selected a short clip from the audiobook Eucharist
to share with you
Father Barron uses contemporary examples as he explores three major themes: meal, sacrifice and real presence. He makes frequent references to the movie Babette’s Feast. How long has it been since you saw this spiritual classic? I’m looking forward to viewing it with new eyes as a result of listening to Father Barron’s insights. As you listen to the audiobook and view Babette’s Feast, consider ways to integrate this material into an adult faith-formation offering or a first Eucharist parent meeting.
If you’re looking for other movies to use for reflection and discussion on topics and life issues that challenge adult Catholics, go to our catalog
and look under Every Day Catholic
. Here you’ll find the suggested group process for each of the Every Day Catholic
issues since January 2008. Every Day Catholic
, a four-page publication for small-group or individual adult faith formation, contains a “Movie Moments” column featuring a film that relates to each issue’s theme. Two clips from the movie are suggested for viewing, and questions are offered for those who view just those clips or the entire movie. Watch some of these movies this summer and order Every Day Catholic
—as a monthly subscription or by topic—to share with adults in your community.