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Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament
By Austin Farrer
Dacre Press, Westminster

ST PAUL glories in his heroic sufferings; looking back on them, he would not be without them.  Some of them are splendid and dramatic, but others of them, even in retrospect, are boring and miserable: appeasing Jewish spite or neutralising Christian treason, sitting up when he was dropping with sleep, working on when he was tired and longed to stop.  Besides his own burdens, there are everyone else’s: ‘Who is sick at heart and I am not sick, who falls from grace and I do not die of shame?’  He takes his friends into his heart, both for good and for evil, and in this above all he may justly glory.  It is the living out of our unity in Christ, that we should care for one another with the heart of Christ, and by our prayers throw ourselves into the deepest concerns of our friends.  Let us not offer this holy sacrifice without praying for some other man, as though we were that man himself.  It is an excellent thing, indeed, often to say all the prayers of the eucharist in the place and person of another man saying them; being that man in God’s sight, so far as we know how.