Dearest Eucharistic Family,
I love all the seasons; however, I have a special affection for summertime. Even though I live in Florida with a warm climate most of the year, it is still a difficult parting to say farewell to summer.
Time to "Fall" in LOVE!
Time in the garden over the summer was a blessing, absorbing the beautiful sunshine and breathing in creation. Planting, watering, and praying while working is a wonderful way to acknowledge the clouds, remember morning prayer and Mass, recall God’s grace, and ask for more. Time with family and friends and a little travel also fasten to the summertime memories. Visiting places in my hometown and going to daily Mass at churches special to my heart affix a memory that remains... I love to go to the church where I was married, the same church where I received the sacrament of Confirmation. I had no idea then what God would have me be doing now! And there is yet more to come.
St. Peter Julian asks, “Is there anything God’s love cannot do? He lives in a dream. Through the heart of the Eucharist, we see a glimpse of Heaven now and join the vision.“
To find the dream is to acknowledge what Jesus has done for us and do the same for others. To live in his Eucharistic service is to love and be loved. To hate the sin and love the sinner. The sin in ourselves and the sin in those around us becomes more visible as we fall in love with Jesus more and more.
To live in the grace of the present moment and find the strength we need to give all to our neighbor, our spouses, children, family, and friends, we need to receive the Blessed Sacrament.
Over the summer, I had some retreat time from my very own home. In quiet prayer, flashes of my life were reminiscence for me. The blessing Jesus bestows in healing and peace is available for all of us. He has washed our feet, cleaned our hearts, brought us out of our desire to sin, and forgiven us for our failures.
God is molding us, preparing and conforming us by our consent into the likeness of his Son, Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers us in God’s grace, and we can see the work of his hands in creating our souls through the passion of life. Seasons come and go...
In September, we embrace the Cross of Christ with Our Lady of Sorrows. The inner cenacle finds in this willingness to accept the sorrows a time to fall in love, into the arms of our Heavenly Father. The Triumph of the Cross is ours, and our ultimate fall will be into eternal life.
There is much work to be done; our pews are not full, sorrows overtake faith, and death brings many to despair. Together we can bring forth the goodness of God, hope for the resurrection, and sacredness of the heart that raises us out of the world into God’s transcending light.
But as it is written:
Living the dream of a Sacramental life, fall in love!
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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.