WEFOUNDIn the Christian Life (Classic Reprint)


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Christianity grew out of Judaism [13] [14] [15] and began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the mid-1st century. [16] [17] Originating in the Roman province of Judea , it quickly spread to Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia , Anatolia , Transcaucasia , Egypt, Ethiopia and the Indian subcontinent , and by the end of the 4th century had become the official state church of the Roman Empire . [18] [19] [20] Following the Age of Discovery , Christianity spread to the Americas, Oceania, sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world through missionary work and colonization . [21] [22] [23]

Throughout its history , Christianity has weathered schisms and theological disputes that have resulted in many distinct churches and denominations . Worldwide, the three largest branches of Christianity are the Catholic Church , the Eastern Orthodox Church and the various denominations of Protestantism . The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches broke communion with each other in the East–West Schism of 1054. Protestantism came into existence in the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, splitting from the Catholic Church. [25]

There are many important differences of interpretation and opinion of the Bible and sacred tradition on which Christianity is based. [26] Because of these irreconcilable differences in theology and a lack of consensus on the core tenets of Christianity, Catholics , Protestants and Orthodox often deny that members of certain other branches are Christians. [27]

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Christianity grew out of Judaism [13] [14] [15] and began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the mid-1st century. [16] [17] Originating in the Roman province of Judea , it quickly spread to Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia , Anatolia , Transcaucasia , Egypt, Ethiopia and the Indian subcontinent , and by the end of the 4th century had become the official state church of the Roman Empire . [18] [19] [20] Following the Age of Discovery , Christianity spread to the Americas, Oceania, sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world through missionary work and colonization . [21] [22] [23]

Throughout its history , Christianity has weathered schisms and theological disputes that have resulted in many distinct churches and denominations . Worldwide, the three largest branches of Christianity are the Catholic Church , the Eastern Orthodox Church and the various denominations of Protestantism . The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches broke communion with each other in the East–West Schism of 1054. Protestantism came into existence in the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, splitting from the Catholic Church. [25]

There are many important differences of interpretation and opinion of the Bible and sacred tradition on which Christianity is based. [26] Because of these irreconcilable differences in theology and a lack of consensus on the core tenets of Christianity, Catholics , Protestants and Orthodox often deny that members of certain other branches are Christians. [27]

The celebration of the Eucharist, in which Jesus Christ becomes present, is the center of the Catholic faith. This volume brings together substantive texts of the Holy Father on the many aspects and dimensions of the Mass and the Mystery of the Eucharist, a rich source for every Christian and a spur to reflection and personal prayer. Delivered in addresses and homilies to a wide variety of audiences , these reflections reveal the depth and breadth of Pope Benedict XVI’s profound and life-long love for the Holy Eucharist.

A major theme throughout the works of Joseph Ratzinger, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is the Church’s source of life, unity and fruitfulness. This theme has been carried deeply into his pontificate, as can be seen in this collection, which challenges the faithful to believe that by receiving Christ in Holy Communion, they are drawn not only into the very life of God, but into the community that is Christ’s Body, the Church.

“In the institution of the Eucharist we see the very foundational act of the Church. Through the Eucharist the Lord not only gives himself to his own, but gives the reality of a new community ‘until he comes’ (cf. 1 Cor 11:26). Through the Eucharist the disciples become his living house that grows through history as the living Temple of God in this world.”
— Pope Benedict XVI


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