By Laura Worhacz
The Grace of the Religious Life "He dies more confidently. Death is sweet to one who has served his good Master faithfully. It is good to die at His feet and in His arms. Then one has but one regret: not to be able to devote a thousand lives to Him. The death of the religious is merely the last act of love which perfects his crown. Oh, may I, too die the death of the just!" (St. Peter Julian Eymard, Library Vol. 3 Eucharistic Retreats)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
We are all called to a Royal Priesthood by our Baptism into the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Flowing out from our Baptism is a life of grace available to us through the Sacramental life we partake in. We need to ask for grace, and daily. A great gift in our Catholic/Christian faith is to live out of this grace God has afforded us through His Son. We are never complete in this life, we are forever moving heavenward. The Reception of Holy Communion, Sacramentally or Spiritually fills us with God's Grace. Complacency and despair never need to be part of our lives. We are empowered by the GRACE of God, "For where sin abounds grace abounds all the greater." (Romans 5:20) Grace streams most vigorously when we enter into relationship with our Eucharistic Jesus. This relationship is where Jesus teaches us the way to His virtues that bring forth God's grace. "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." (Matt 11:29) The life of grace that poured forth on the whole world and emptied Itself out upon us happened on the Cross of Jesus Christ, where He bowed His head and breathed His last. This is the moment Our Heavenly Father's Grace overshadowed the whole world and no power could overtake it. God's LOVE is Sovereign and continues to live through those who are poor in His Spirit to be made rich in His Love. The total sacrifice of self, death to self and life for another: GRACE! St. Peter Julian Eymard, the Apostle of the Eucharist, reminds us that "death is sweet to one that has served his good Master faithfully." It is the last act of love and saves us a crown for heaven. The death to our wills sets forth the love of The Promise of Our Father that will drift into our lives by His grace. God's grace lives through our free will offering; the handing over of our souls. Our eyes need to remain fixed on heaven. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament longs for us to gaze our eyes on HIM who comes down from heaven and remains with us to witness to His continued life of humility. This kind of Love is true gift, consented to by the bowing of our heads before Jesus in the Monstrance, pleading for His grace. The same grace that Jesus offered us by His death will be given through our lives to others when we truly offer Him the emptying of our souls so He may fill us with His gifts. This is a Eucharistic Miracle that is not of old but ready and waiting to be manifested here and now, so the Kingdom of God will be established on earth through the hearts of the faithful who believe in their Baptism into Christ's Royal Priesthood.
Pray to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament directing your heart to the consecration promise you have made.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed are you, Mary exalted daughter of Sion!
You are highly favoured and full of grace, for the spirit of God descended upon you.
We magnify the Lord and rejoice with you for the gift of the Word made flesh, bread of life and cup of joy.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, our model of prayer in the cenacle, pray for us that we may become what we receive, the body of Christ your son. AMEN
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.