In the Breaking of Bread 3 Minute Retreat

Shipping Notice

Loyola Press will be closed beginning Saturday, December 24, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017. All orders placed during that period will ship beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Order early to avoid shipping delays. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

In the Breaking of Bread

Joyce Donahue shares her reflection on today’s retreat:

The Mass can seem like an island of holiness, a time-out from daily life. When we enter Church, it’s easy to think daily life should be left at the door and shouldered again when we leave. But that was never Jesus’ intention. He asked us to break bread in memory of him, of what he did, and what he continues to do in our lives, not just in memory of his breaking bread.

Paragraph 901 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church invites us to bring our daily lives to the altar—to offer everything along with the gifts of bread and wine. When we do that, the Eucharist can transform daily life, our relationships, and even the world. It becomes the light by which we see more clearly our call to serve others.

Don’t park your life at the church door. Bring it to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit.


Joyce Donahue

Joyce Donahue, MA, MPS, serves as the catechetical associate in the Diocese of Joliet’s Religious Education Office.

Read More