By: Laura Worhacz
What I would like to ask God for you is unchanging fidelity in the love of his ever holy and gracious Will, especially upon you. Whether it be desolation, joy, sorrow, the presence or absence of human beings, let these not change your interior life. Place your soul above the realm of storms and atmospheric changes; on the contrary, may events only produce outward changes, leaving your will always united to the holy Will of God. Oh, blessed a thousand times blessed is the soul that lives in this divine life! Then, it understands the burning words of St. Paul: "Who will separate me from the love of Jesus Christ? Nothing" (Rm 8:35).
– Saint Peter Julian Eymard
Dearest Eucharist Family,
It is with great joy and thanksgiving that my husband, Raymond received a liver transplant on November 16th, 2019. As I ponder on the weeks that have passed, the intensity of the reality that I could never have endured the trials of this experience without the Blessed Sacrament is apparent. Condition yourselves, get strong in Christ. It is through obedience to the reception of daily holy Communion that the grace of God sustains us to such an extent of joy and thanksgiving amid sudden changes in our lives.
I am rejoicing in my heart recounting every blessing, grace and prayer God has granted to allow Raymond the miracle of having liver transplant surgery. Each and every prayer has called down a great blessing from Heaven. Leaving home so suddenly, spending two weeks in the hospital, day and night…caretaking for someone to this extent is a humbling experience. Each morning God would allow me the grace of time to get to Holy Mass throughout Raymond's hospital stay. There were a couple of days when I entered the church, knelt down to pray, and a flood of tears fell forth from my eyes. A few days I would feel numb staring at the Tabernacle or before the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance. On the Solemnity of Christ the King, my heart was rejoicing beyond explanation, dancing, singing in my soul. The Divine Life walks with our human existence; there may be fears, tears, joys and sorrows, yet the love of God is with us and "nothing", as Saint Peter Julian quotes St. Paul, can take us from the love of God found in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Raymond's new liver came from a 62-year-old man who passed from a stroke. I will pray for the deceased every day for the rest of my life. The surgeon declared Raymond's liver fully diseased; he would not have survived much longer with it. The new liver is already working, and Raymond's body is happy to have an organ that is not diseased. The new organ is getting to know the other parts of his body and so it is with the Body of Christ. As we relinquish our sins and live in the forgiveness of God's love, we grow closer to our loved ones. We become united, whole, and function as Our Father would want us to in His Divine LOVE, His Divine life. This is the God of Heaven's gracious and holy Will, to live in His Son through the Eucharist and within it the whole human family.
Let the Holy Spirit guide us so we may live in the grace of the moment. Holding back from imagining too much yet preparing; restraining from thinking of what may happen to the extent of anxieties, "Be Still and Know that I am God!” (Psalm 46). Offering with you unchanging fidelity to God's ever gracious Will. We live in the freedom of our existence. As we enter into the new Liturgical year, may we be aware more than ever to make the love of God known in the Eucharist. Jesus is with us, the Divine Life on earth as it is in HEAVEN. Happy New Liturgical Year!
We beseech You, O God, to help us earnestly ask for the grace to promise to be ever more faithful to the Blessed Sacrament of Your love; to make a greater commitment to spend time with Jesus Eucharistic -- a vow, if you will -- to receive Him as much as our daily duties allow, or at least to offer a Spiritual Communion if we cannot receive Him sacramentally.
St. Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist, pray for us, Saint Andrew, pray for us. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament keep us in the halls of Heaven.
 Counsels for Spiritual Life, page 31
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.