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Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSP talked on “Do This in Memory of Me”

posted Apr 5, 2011, 2:59 AM by Nick Ballesteros
Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSP, professor of Christian Missions and Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago delivered a talk on “Do This in Memory of Me” during the “Spirituality and Discipleship Seminar” held on 31 January 2011, at Thorndon Hall, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Thorndon, Wellington. 

Fr. Gittin’s talk, which was delivered to a large group of lay people, sisters, and some priests including Archbishop John Dew, focused on the central theme of the Eucharist and Christ’s command, and which is repeated uniformly and unambiguously at every eucharistic celebration: "Do this in memory of me" (Lk. 22:19; 1 Cor. 11: 24-25).  He emphasized that we, as Christians, are defined by our celebration of this remembrance and this is the brand we carry in our daily life. The Filipino Chaplaincy was represented in the conference by FCPC Chair, Mel Benardo, and Formation/Education Ministry head, Allan Gierran.   

In summary, Fr Gittins said that:
  • Eucharist cannot only be a Sunday ritual
  • Eucharist is not only to feed us but to make us hungrier!
  • Eucharist must be part of the fabric of our lives
  • Eucharist in "ordinary" time is 'eucharist'
  • Eucharist is "for the life of the world."
  • We are gathered in order to be scattered - and gathered again!
  • “ITE MISSA EST” the mission continues;  “VENITE ADOREMUS” the faith is nurtured.
 
"SO GO, AND DO THIS - ALL OF IT AND ALL OF YOU. THEN YOU WILL REMEMBER ME AND I WILL LIVE AMONG YOU. AND I WILL BE ALWAYS WITH YOU.“ 
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