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We Gather Around the Altar as Family

The National Eucharistic Revival is a movement to restore understanding and devotion to the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The movement, which was initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, began last June and will continue through 2025.

As part of the Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Austin, priests from around the diocese are recording a YouTube series called 60 Seconds with the Eucharist. In the seventh installment, Father Craig DeYoung, pastor of St. Louis King of France Parish in Austin, focused on the term “mystical body of Christ.” He compared the term to Thanksgiving dinner with family where everyone feels at home and like they belong.

“The Eucharist as a meal, also a sacrifice, but as a meal, is a place where we come together as family and we belong. And because we belong, we are never truly alone. We are part of this mystical body, this mystical family, and we share this meal together,” he said.

The 60 Seconds with the Eucharist series can be found on YouTube, and the videos are shared on the Diocese of Austin Facebook page.

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