By: Laura Catherine Worhacz
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
I call upon the angels often. In my daily morning prayers, I pray, "Angel of God my guardian dear to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side to light to guard to rule and guide," even if I should forget to call upon thee. When the priest comes into the sanctuary, I am in the habit of praying to his angel to be with him through the celebration of the Eucharist. For my husband, children, and in my encounters, my interior calls upon the angels. I wish to call upon the guardian angels more and more.
Today will be a good day to recall the times we have felt the presence of the angels. I remember driving one day, and as I changed lanes, there was a pick-up truck in front of me with lawn care gear. A wheel barrel flew out of the truck the moment I changed lanes. Praise God no one was driving behind me. As I entered the lane next to the tumbling barrel, a tear came to my eye in praise; I knew my guardian angel prompted me to change lanes.
I remember one year; it was in January during the annual March for Life. My now-adult daughter, who was about four years old at the time, was chatting. We were driving in the car, and she said, "Mommy do you see the angels? They are in the clouds." I was praying the rosary and knew my little one was in the clouds with the angels, especially on the day of the March for Life.
So many times, amid groups, I will call upon the angels. Conversations break through the silence, warmth through barriers, grace from the Holy Spirit.
The spiritual realities are beyond the veil of our sight. They live in the baptism of the Kingdom of Heaven now through the Eucharist.
At funerals, we sing, "May the choirs of angels come to greet you may they speed you to paradise…."
In Jesus' agony, He was consoled by angels. Our Father in Heaven has given us everything in the way of grace. Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Queen of Angels here to behold us in God's love.
This time of year breathes feast days to draw us into the mystery of our Church. Yesterday we celebrated the life of St. Therese' of the Child Jesus. Like so many of you, St. Therese' is so close to my heart. She seemed to live in an interior place, singing with the angels while going about her daily duties. She was concerned with Jesus' suffering, knowing that every beautiful flower of love she placed on His way to Calvary might reflect her gratitude for the Cross. St. Therese' had an angelic spirit. She has revealed to us there is a way to be in the company of Heaven while upon the earth. She found this in the mission to love beyond the ways of the world. To seek the needs of others over her own. To love Jesus in the world, to break through hostilities. Our Lady of the Smile would come to heal St. Therese; this encounter remained with Therese' until her early passing from this life, the angels with her.
May Psalm 91 reign in our hearts:
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We are Ivonne J. Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
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