In "No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence," David Pearson conducts a multi-voiced chorus of praise to our Lord present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
The people David interviews -laymen and women all - are themselves a mirror of the Eucharist: quietly hiding beneath the common things of this world and yet in their substance full of power and majesty and grace. In a time when tragedy is so often twisted into farce, these folks tell of lives transformed through the renewing of their minds and hearts in adoration of Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament.
This book will remind you that while laymen and priests and bishops may sometimes fail us, the Church never does, because only through her do we receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
"A lot of very down-to-earth, nonfanatical people are having very transcendent, mystical, religious experiences in Eucharistic adoration chapels," writes David Pearson in this book. That is the fundamental message of this book.
The nine people Pearson interviews come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. He allows them to tell their own stories, simply coaxing them along now and then with a few probing questions.
These folks offer their stories without trying to come off as pious saints or theologians. They simply and generously offer us a window into their own lives, especially their spiritual lives, parts of people we rarely see unless they are our spouse or close friend.
Sure, we hear about their moments of rapt joy at the realization of Jesus present in the Eucharist. But we also hear about the dry and boring times of prayer, and about the difficulties and tragedies of life and the place Jesus in the Eucharist has there.
I'll keep this one, and probably pick it up again in my own moments of spiritual dryness, boredom, and questioning. To me, it's a written record of God's grace in the lives of everyday folks.