“So your pious desire has been fulfilled! You are totally God’s and totally your neighbor’s! You work quickly! That’s fine; give everything at the first go. May God support you; may He be your all in exchange for everything you are giving him and for everything you will do for him! It’s a dream for me! But is there anything God’s love cannot do!”
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.“
“So when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, ‘Do you realize what I have done for you?’” (John 13:12)
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.
“We can do all things with Christ; all is attainable.” (Philippians 4:13)
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’s providence is God’s caring provision for his people as he guides them in their journey of faith through life, accomplishing his purpose in them.” (Catholic dictionary)
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...
“There is an appointed time for everything and a time for every affair under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
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:
“What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
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.
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