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Cardinal speaks on ‘power of the Eucharist’ at lunchtime lecture series


Cardinal O’Malley closed the 2007 “Christ Speaks in the City” lecture series May 24 with a talk on the Eucharist. Pilot photo/Christine Williams

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BOSTON --  Attending Mass without knowing how to pray, may indeed be tedious, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley to a standing-room only crowd at the Old Statehouse in downtown Boston May 24.

“If Mass is a chore, a burden, a boring exercise, the problem is perhaps that we have forgotten how to pray. We have first to close the chamber door and pray to our Father in secret,” he said. “I always say that if you go to church and you don’t know how to pray, you’ll find it very boring. If we live our lives and we don’t learn how to love, we will find life very boring.”

Cardinal O’Malley spoke at the last lecture in an eight-part series, Christ Speaks in the City, organized by the archdiocesan Office of Vocations. The lunchtime series was an effort to attract young professionals to hear how Christ speaks in today’s hectic and busy world.

“The program itself for the last year has been a great success,” said Father Daniel Hennessey, director of Vocations. “It helps us to see that in the midst of all of life’s activities, we can see Christ’s presence if we invite Him in.”

That was especially visible in downtown Boston during the activity of the workday lunch hour. After receiving much positive feedback from the series, the Vocations Office plans to organize another series that will begin next September, he said.

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