Defined as ""a meditation on the sacred mystery of the Eucharist"" this book illuminates the depths of Thomas Merton's grasp of the central core of religious faith in daily life. While he deliberately eschews any form of apologetics and directs himself to Catholic readers or those of Catholic belief, his book will have a broader appeal to the overgrowing fraternity of those in other denominations who regard the Eucharist as the central sacrament and quintessence of Christianity. Thomas Merton writes in a manner instinct with spiritual fervor, his style in itself a form of illumination. His early judgments of man's tragic plight in today's world may seem too sweeping and almost presumptuous, but his religious statements lack nothing in subtlety, accuracy and intellectual grasp. While the book is unlikely to have the wide popularity of Seven Storey Mountain or Waters of Silos it will certainly extend well beyond the Catholic market.