The Holy Bread of Eternal Life

Restoring Eucharistic Reverence in an Age of Impiety

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Recent decades have been marred by pervasive Eucharistic abuse, from violations of liturgical norms and rubrics to practices that encourage irreverence and facilitate habitual sacrilege. The coronavirus crisis in 2020 has occasioned a further wave of sacramental manipulation, desacralization, and deprivation that has left almost no Catholic in the world unharmed. 

These disturbing “signs of the times” call for an unsparing reassessment of official and unofficial policies, practices, customs, and attitudes, along with fresh appreciation for “creative minorities” that are taking a different, more difficult, and more successful path to reverence. 

The Holy Bread of Eternal Life is a powerful and timely book by scholar Peter Kwasniewski that exalts the divine gift of the Blessed Sacrament, which can never be too much adored, too much loved, too much cared for, or too much sacrificed for. 

Drawing on both Testaments, the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Magisterium, Kwasniewski describes the fitting veneration and handling of this “mystery of faith” past and present, the dispositions we need to cultivate for a fruitful reception of the Lord, and the blessings that follow from a life centered on Holy Communion. At the same time, the book critiques many novelties in modern Catholic worship and shows why they must be set aside for the health of souls and the Church. 

There is far more at stake in today’s debates concerning Holy Communion than what preferences should be indulged or slip-ups tolerated. At stake is whether we truly believe in Jesus Christ, our God, our Savior, our Friend, and our Judge, really present in the Eucharist; whether we acknowledge and accept His lordship over us in every aspect of what we do and say; and whether we will act, react, worship, and pray in a manner consistent with true belief.

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"This luminous and lucid book should be given to every bishop and pastor in the world; indeed, it would be of immense benefit to every Catholic believer, if he would but read it with prayerful attentiveness."

Michael D. O'Brien
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"This book is admirable biblical theology after the pattern of St. Thomas Aquinas."

Scott Hahn
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"What a beautiful book about the ‘Beauty so ancient yet ever new’! It surprised me by showing me, in a way that was powerfully new by being powerfully old, the centrality of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist; that nothing could be a more potent hidden weapon for revitalizing the Church, the culture, and the world than revitalized Eucharistic devotion; and that nothing could weaken these mission fields of the ‘new evangelization’ more than its weakening. "

Peter Kreeft
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"Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has written an important book that sets forth in clear and compelling arguments the need, and the way, to restore in the Church the due reverence and honor that we owe to Our Lord Jesus Christ, really, truly, and substantially present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. "

Fr. Gerald E. Murray, JCD
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"My prayer is that you will read and absorb the wisdom in Dr. Kwasniewski’s passionate and illuminating book, and then act with all the vigilance and personal commitment possible to fight against this most grave evil of our time. If we do this together, we will see a renewal of the Church and the societies in which faithful Catholics live and worship. "

Dan Burke
  • Pages: 336
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-433-7
  • Product Code: 4337
  • Availability: In Stock
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Everyone should read this!
This book will exponentially increase your Eucharistic devotion and deepen your life of prayer. Kwasniewski, with his usual precision and zeal, has produced a book with chapters that draw the reader to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus from a thousand different avenues. Scripture, Church Fathers, Saints, and Kwasniewski's own delightful commentary combine to form a veritable "school" of Eucharistic devotion. Timely in an age of crisis, the book promises to be a timeless companion for Catholics in ages to come.
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A highly useful, informative, and beautiful book
Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, in his brilliant, clear, and concise method, delivers a timely book about the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist, which can never be “too much adored, too much loved, too much cared for, too much sacrificed for”. Today more than ever, as Dr. Kwasniewski explains, the Catholic Church is sick and weakened because of its Eucharistic irreverence, abuses, and outrages. And, as he puts it, “much is at stake”—whether we believe in Jesus Christ the King, “true God and true man,” and whether we “make Him King of every aspect of what we do and say, how we act and react, how we worship and pray.” After reading this book, which is one of his finest, I can say with certainty that it is sure to inspire reform and pierce hearts of all those who read it with a humble repentance at our own complicity and lack of fervor, and we will thus “long to make reparation and to give to Him the adoring love and unwavering devotion He deserves.” Dr. Kwasniewski helps all those read it to realize the “sheer multitude and magnitude of sins being committed against Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, the treachery of too many of His friends,” and how Our Lord mysteriously suffers from today’s widespread neglect, ingratitude, and lukewarmness. As he awakens these powerful sentiments and realizations in the reader, Dr. Kwasniewski provides the remedy, answering the question on how we can best give Our Lord what He deserves while living in our current situation in the Church and helping us to navigate many of the dilemmas and questions that have arisen in the post-COVID Catholic landscape. I highly recommend this book for all Catholics. It is not only highly informative and scholarly, but is invaluable to one’s prayer life, as it will deepen your own appreciation and gratitude, and increase your love for the King of Kings, who comes to us in a very special and personal way.
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