Dearest Eucharistic family,
I like to offer the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary in preparation for Daily Mass. I love to pray the Annunciation, the Incarnation of Christ; knowing that Mary said yes first means so much to me. This Incarnation of God lived in Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Mother. Mary was the first Tabernacle in the world. When we receive Jesus, it is good to remember this; it’s a beautiful preparation for the Liturgy to offer the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
Today, on my prayer walk strolling through creation, in the clouds, looking into the trees with the birds of the air, I offered the Apostles Creed, and something was prominent to my thoughts. I offer this Creed so many times throughout the day; the words, by the power of the Holy Spirit... He was conceived, kept echoing in my mind.
Jesus, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, took on a new light, a newborn message, and I prayed with this thought throughout the offering of my rosary.
Jesus was conceived out of love; Mary said yes, her fiat to her Father, her Creator. She was compelled and consented to say yes, knowing there was something more significant than her existence on this earth. Jesus was conceived out of love.
I was asked to speak at the Breakfast Conference for Magnificat of St. Petersburg last week, and although my life was in a whirlwind of busyness, I knew in my soul that I needed to say yes. The topic for my witness talk would be, “How has the Holy Spirit touched your life?” I was so grateful to have said yes because I was invited to pray with this incredible theme. It led me on a journey back in time into my life to see where the Holy Spirit has touched me.
One thing I remembered most was the holy people, the holy women and men of God, who invited me to places, prayer groups, Holy Hours, Masses, Rosary groups, and gatherings.
The invitations allowed me to say yes and grow in love more deeply with God, Our Father. We are God’s children, the chosen ones, those who love Him, and those who are helping others remember the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
God’s mercies are new every morning, so we must be attentive when praying.
There may be some new significant message in words that we hear often. We may listen to our prayers differently each time we say them. That’s why we repeat them. This valley of tears brings us into the waters of baptism, this everlasting water flow, an abyss of mystery that we trust and live in.
There is freedom of the Holy Spirit to live in new mercies this side of the heavens flowing in this beautiful water, beheld in Our Mother’s arms as she keeps us afloat.
How has the Holy Spirit touched my life and your life?
Remember how God’s Providence has been with us even when we didn’t see Him and even perhaps when we didn’t know Him. Jesus raises us up to the Altar, by the hand, out of darkness into light, into the Cenacle of His love.
In the Sanctuary, the Altar stands. We are blessed to receive the Incarnation of God every day, the Body of Christ. We are blessed to be immersed in God’s compassion, love, and mercy.
What more can we ask for this side of the heavens?
The Holy Spirit works in our lives, so all we have received may be shared with our brothers and sisters.
We are called; we have been graced.
We have been given. Let us provide and wash the feet of our brothers and sisters so they may be at the Altar of God with us.
May the banquet of God’s love, the Eucharistic grace, and of Mary’s heart, Saint Joseph, and all the angels and saints of Heaven, be with us and all our loved ones. Let us be mindful, attentive, and on fire to share the gift of God’s love with others. God let us be there.