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Source and summit

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Apr 17, 2003

Read the Holy Father's new encylical, and you have a fresh reminder that the Eucharist is the "source and summit" of Catholic spiritual life.

For a stark contrast, take another look at Cardinal Mahony's pastoral letter on the Eucharistic liturgy. Is he talking about the same topic?

One specific question: Does the Eucharist bring together the community, or does the community bring about the Eucharist? That question is addressed in both documents. Is the answer the same?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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