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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

The refectory is the dining hall where the seminary community gathers for daily meals. It comes from the Latin word: “refectorium”/“reficere” which means: to renew; a place of refreshment. It is fitting that in this place of refreshment we find a beautiful image of Christ as the Good Shepherd and the Bread of Life. In Psalm 23, we find: “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures… He refreshes my soul... You prepare a table before me.” The mural’s size covers the whole wall of the hall and it is decorated with the inscription of one the petitions of the Lord’s prayer in Latin: Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” The Church has prayed with this verse over the centuries and has concluded that Jesus may not be referring to the ordinary bread by which we need to survive our natural lives; rather, this bread is a “super-substantial” bread - a supernatural bread- given to us to acquire supernatural life and so b…

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