Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

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One late summer evening driving through Mississippi, I stopped in a small restaurant not far from a town called So-So. I sat in a booth by myself and in another booth sat a young couple. They were deaf. They communicated with smiles,-frowns, raised eyebrows, nods of the head and sign language.

Later, as I drove on to Louisiana, I thought about the worlds of meaning that the couple shared in love and shared in silence. Would their lives have been richer with hearing and speaking? Perhaps. Perhaps not. They seemed to have learned to partake fully of the feast that is life.

Jesus was not a theologian in the sense that he went into a lot of detail about what the Eucharist "is." He taught through his life by example. Only later did the eloquence of words approach the eloquence of his example. Only gradually did pages fin with words and the air with language trying to explain what Jesus taught by example. …

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