Increase Our Faith
Meditations on the Eucharist 3
  • Eucharist, core of interior life
  • My ‘yes’ is my worship
  • Eucharist, pathway to a new self
  • Concern for souls
  • True love for the departed
  • Drama the world needs to discover
  • Every day prepares
  • For God’s glory?
  • Eucharistic love gives birth to saints
  • Life as liturgy
  • Tough challenge to find freedom
  • Emptiness God longs to fill
  • Father, I adore You
  • A woman of the Eucharist
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Foreword by Archbishop Joseph Michalik
Metropolitan of Praemislia
and Chairman of the Polish Conference of Bishops

‘Increase our faith’ is the third in the series of Father Professor Tadeusz Dajczer’s books on the Eucharist. My conviction grows that the author could write more of these books; he could be writing them all the time since he is totally wrapped up in the Eucharist; he is fascinated and in love with It, quite unable not to talk about this great Love. It has been like this since the day Father Tadeusz discovered that God fell in love with us to the point of total Eucharistic surrender in the living Mystery of the Resurrected Christ.

The plea contained in ‘Increase our Faith’ seems to be the really adequate response to that Mystery. Following Our Lord, the author teaches and seeks faith as life’s most precious treasure. Maturity involves seeing God’s action everywhere and experiencing His presence as more real than the world we normally know. Like the Apostles, we need to learn and ripen into more faith.

Father Tadeusz tells us that the best book on the Eucharist is the Eucharist Itself; It is the test of our faith just as it was for the people of Capharnaum. I do not believe enough; I do not pray enough. I do not ask for this great gift as I need to; faith ‘touches’ God insofar as I am humble in the spirit of Mary in the Cenacle. We need to remember that in the Cenacle it was Mary who taught the Apostles to persevere in faith by prayer.

‘Magnificat’ sums up Our Lady’s spirituality; that summary uniquely helps us experience the Eucharistic mystery. She first accepted Jesus into Her body to become that extraordinary tabernacle; it is valuable to ask Her to extend Her maternal care for me, together with Jesus whom I receive in Holy Communion.

Faith is interrelated belief in the Mass and union with others. If I do not try to live by faith each day, I will lack faith during Mass the author warns. In this book, there are many similar warnings along with other deeply stimulating thoughts. Father Tadeusz tells us that not even for a moment is it worth living without God. The Eucharist helps us as It is the sacrament of love; It is an extraordinary sacrament of extraordinary love. I need to stay with Jesus in the tabernacle as long as it takes almost to feel His heart-beat. Here we may learn how to worship and find a different view of the world and its people. Through the Eucharist, without moving from where we are, everything becomes different. Thanks to the Mass, I become a contemporary of Jesus; through union with Him, I take part in a totally different reality. That reality primarily concerns God’s glory and our salvation. Eucharistic experience allows Jesus to adore the Father in me. This prayer lets Him pray for the living and the dead, leading me to salvation. Thus He sanctifies the world and its people, teaching us to love; that means “looking outward together in the same direction”, to create and accomplish joint goals.

The author laments living as if God does not exist, feeling no hunger for God. By this we will surely die unless we ourselves or someone else ask help for us. Our good fortune is that the entire Heavenly Host together with Our Lady, prays for our sanctification through surrendering to Christ Jesus.

We are grateful to Professor Dajczer for this new testimony of faith; he inspires us earnestly to follow the Eucharistic pathway; he helps us discover the beauty and richness of interior life; he leads us to find greater openness to this freedom; he underlines how Jesus sanctifies and loves within us and for us so that we can share in His worship of the Father. I have no doubt that this book will be received in gratitude by all who search for faith’s healthy sustenance and enrichment.

Joseph Michalik

Metropolitan of Praemislia
and Chairman of the Polish Conference of Bishops

Eucharist, core of interior life

The Eucharist is the sacrament of faith[Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1123.]. Abraham reveals how faith needs to grow. It grew as he left Ur of the Chaldees; it grew enormously when God asked him to sacrifice his only son; it grew in all his anxious moments.

For Eucharistic renewal, I need to be alert within myself. Growing faith inspires ever deeper clinging to God. It is not just learning about God; increasing faith triggers hope. Abraham, “in hope he believed against hope” (cf. Rom 4:18) finds that by deeply clinging to God, love flourishes – this is my God, He leads me. His faith had the openness and meaning which are basic to interior life.

Interior life is faith, hope and love, developing from the humility necessary for receiving Eucharistic graces; this is His real redemptive, sanctifying work for us. Living faith, hope and love permit Eucharistic graces to transform my thoughts, feelings, will and memory. By grace, I begin new ways of thinking, feeling and desiring; God and my environment become quite different; I begin to see God in everything.

Interior life leads me to cling to Christ Jesus; I cling much more to the Eucharist; I become alive with Him; I move from ‘celebrating something’ to life with my Lord Jesus; I may even ‘touch’ God. The Eucharist received in faith, constantly enriches my path to ever maturing sanctity. Our Lord, through His Church, calls us to be saints. That necessarily involves interior insight. Other than true martyrdom, there is no other way.

Sanctity is interdependent interior life and Eucharist. As interior life grows, it naturally flourishes into good works. Grace is the life-blood of interior life without which our activity is egocentric. The primacy of interior life over action is unavoidable.

Pope John Paul II encourages us to deepen in prayer. Faith is the measure of prayer. Prayer causes God to transform us through powerful Eucharistic graces. This prayer is supremely to do with God’s changing us rather than His changing His plans or giving us something. Prayer is good when our attitude improves in sorrow, belief and gratitude. It is best when we are unconscious of our improvement; when we are unconsciousness of it, it helps us towards greater humility, preventing our taking these graces for granted.

Deep prayer, rooted in humble faith, breaks up stubborn hearts. This “constantly reminds us of Christ’s primacy and, in union with Him, the primacy of the interior life and of holiness”[John Paul II, Novo millennio inneunte, 38]. Accepting the primacy of grace over activity propels us towards God really present on the altar. As we grow in this, more grace takes root in us; we become more ready for unique Eucharistic personal sanctification.

If we do not pray, others will want us less and less. Pope John Paul 2nd speaks strongly about Our Lord’s primacy; this has to involve the interior life of grace: “But it is fatal to forget that «without Christ we can do nothing» (cf. Jn 15,5)” [John Paul II, Novo millennio inneunte, 38]. We are easily deceived by illusions; only prayer and Eucharistic life safely help us see through them.

God grants graces, trusting we will value them as our vital need. This is not theory; these strong words of Pope John Paul about the primacy of grace are uttered in full view of the source of Eucharistic redeeming sacramental graces. This is pivotal; He alone through this sacrament of redemption can radically transform us. We need this transformation through putting God first so that He, living in us, guides us to choose the true love and good which lasts instead of ceasing.

Five years after Pope John Paul’s Novo millennio ineunte, his successor Pope Benedict returned to the subject of the primacy of grace by strongly reminding us of St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s words concerning our vital need to pray and contemplate. [The Sunday prayer, 20.08.2006. L’Osservatore Romano, 12/2006, p. 30.]. Pope Benedict emphasises that this includes me and everybody else. I can easily get so absorbed in activity that I push out prayer and contemplation; this often causes my “hardness of heart” as St. Bernard calls it “suffering of spirit, loss of understanding, dispersion of grace”. Pope Benedict, through the words of a great saint who dares to admonish Pope Eugene III, tells us “See, where these accursed occupations can lead you, if you continue to lose yourself in them.” [Modlitwa niedzielna, 20.08.2006. L’Osservatore Romano, 12/2006, s. 30]. The Pope, referring to St. Bernard, reminds us how much we need interior peace for an increase in faith; prayer and contemplation are what bring us to the wholesome sanity of sanctity.

Deep, trusting prayer needs to be the source of my activity, leading me to union with the One present in everything and everybody. He is present when I am kneeling before the tabernacle; He is there when I am open to Him; He is there as I try through faith to see the miracle beyond the altar. He transforms me, makes me whole, sanctifies me, loves me through and through; He does it all without any reservation.

Living the Eucharist means having Him central to my thoughts, desires and hopes; living the Eucharist and interior life are inextricably united; they are interdependent. Thanks to the Eucharist, I can come into immediate and objective contact with that once-for-all redemption, mysteriously taking place in the Mass. There is no interior life without redemption; all graces flow from the crucified and risen One. Redemption is now beyond time, eternal. The Eucharist reveals it; It can be touched by faith; It is our sacrament of redemption.

I need to approach our Eucharistic God in humility as He “opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1Pet 5,5). St. Therese of Avila helps by saying “what we must do is beg like the needy poor before a rich and great Emperor.”[The Interior Castle, IV, 3,5; Washington, D.C., 1980, volume two, p.329.].

I need to appreciate faith more. It is the unique way to infinite Love; it is the only immediate way to union with God; it is the appropriate way. [Cf. St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, II, 9,1.]. Everything else is subordinate; faith leads to that healing wholeness inasmuch as I need it. We call it sanctity.