By: Laura Catherine Worhacz
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
The above excerpt draws us into the mystery of our faith, the Cross and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our humanity seeks to belong to a family. We look for things to make sense. Heaven reveals consolation found in the Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. As we receive the Sacred Body of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion, all we have ever longed for is found.
My 20's were years without the fullness of the sacraments. I recall the interior turmoil that lived within the brokenness, covered by things that busied life to keep me from reality. The soul can be shattered, yet the exterior not always reveals this.
Jesus asks of us in Mark's Gospel, "What do you want me to do for you?" (v.10:46-52).
In this passage, Jesus heals the blind. He restores sight, tells us to take courage and to go, for faith has saved us.
I was blessed to begin my daily Mass journey at age 33. We find a home in our Catholic churches. We are bonded in a communion of love, sisters and brothers striving to help one another to see and grow in the virtue of God.
Illumination is here now, accessible through the Sacraments to bring forth life, here for us to live with Jesus. Shattered souls are made whole in love and constancy of faith, persevering to see more and more the glory of God. Clarity comes to us in our apostolic work.
St. Peter Julian Eymard, deeply contemplative, was aware that his existence was in the abiding presence of God.
St. Peter Julian knew he lived in a home that needed many repairs. There was much work; he lived to bring the light of faith, the eyes of Heaven, to believers now through the Eucharist. He longed for us to see what God allowed him to see. He had a divine vision and desired to set a Eucharistic fire to the earth.
In his work, he found his place in the home, preparing his room and the rooms of God's children. He found Mary; she brought him ever closer to Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Peter Julian worked tirelessly. His contemplative life was brought to the fullness of life in his apostolic zeal for the Blessed Sacrament.
The journey begins with Our Mother, who welcomes us into the house of God. We come with luggage, bags filled with unnecessary items. Mary sets the suitcases down for us. She leaves them behind to take hold of our hands.
Mary is with us when we receive our garment of grace, new clothing. Our Lady is with us at Baptism, smiling with the angels of Heaven. The old dress is no longer needed; there is a new fashion that shimmers down the runway at home, the cenacle of our hearts affixed to the Altar of God. There is a spotlight on our souls that is glorified by a family that truly loves.
Every morning after Holy Mass, we are blessed at my parish, where the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament resides, to have Eucharistic adoration. We sing, "O Saving Victim open wide the Gates of Heaven to us below…."
We are living in our eternal home now through the Eucharist. A City of God moving with the grace of the Holy Spirit, where the children of God find a roof to cover. A glorious mansion is filled, and many rooms are still being prepared.
Humanity is troubled by its burdens like the above excerpt reminds us of, yet peace is here for us in the person of Jesus Christ. The burdens weigh upon us; sinful nature tries to destroy. God sanctifies us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation; the journey is ongoing.
We live in hope and long to draw others to walk this pathway to Heaven.
Our Lady was troubled by the angel's announcement; peace came through her yes. Mary was blessed to live in the divine vision of God and longs for us, her children, to live the same blessings through the heart of the Eucharist.
If we did not receive Mary's yes, the warfare St. Peter Julian mentions would be an oppression beyond our imagination. Mary has brought us to the divine vision. We live in the hope of trust, suffering, and grace. The glorification of God is given to us by the Life of Jesus Christ. Praise God!