By: Laura Worhacz
“Oh, what sighs, what prayers for the Eucharistic reign of Jesus issued from Mary’s heart in the Cenacle! The Eucharist spreading and the love of Jesus triumphing everywhere. At last, Jesus will be loved, His Eucharist will find everywhere sympathetic hearts; Its fire will envelop the world and by so doing will completely renew it.” - St. Peter Julian Eymard, (Library Volume 7, page 144)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Yesterday was a very special day to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, the memorial of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, a feast day for the congregation. In thanksgiving I was reminiscing about my encounter with this holy priest, saint of our Catholic Church and intense lover of the Eucharist. It was when I began my daily Mass journey that the library (nine volume of books) of his retreat notes and writings came to me. Attracted to his spiritually I could never retire without reading something from this holy saint.
The spiritual attraction certainly came from Saint Peter Julian's love for the Eucharist. He had an intimacy with our Lord that nurtured my own relationship with Jesus. Saint Peter Julian is a director to the souls that come to him. It seemed that whatever I was going through, the answer to my need would be found in his writings, particularly what I would open to each evening.
In the Eucharist the saints are alive, well and with us. We are blessed by these friends of heaven interceding for us, especially our Blessed Mother. Saint Peter Julian beheld Mary as his mother, she guided him into the Priesthood. The title Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament came through Saint Peter Julian’s love for our mother.
In the above excerpt we hear that the eucharistic fire will envelop the whole world and completely renew it. Our friends in heaven walk with us now. Sympathetic hearts are found in the love of God. Those who fall in love with Jesus and recognize the reality of His dying and rising for every person. These souls want to be like the one whom they love. They live among us here and now. Opening the eyes of our hearts finding the good in every person and recalling our loved ones is where we may find many aspiring to be saints. Good souls who long to guide and nurture us, friends of heaven on earth.
Take some time today to think of all the people who have blessed your life. Those who have shared the faith of God with you, thosewho made you feel loved.
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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.