By: Laura Catherine Worhacz
Letter from Saint Peter Julian Eymard to MME Antoinette De Grandville, July 25th, 1863 (Life and Letters, Vol. 4, page 180):
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
A beautiful message from Saint Peter Julian to a spiritual daughter, to bless her “at the feet of our Lord.” To remind her of the Cross of suffering and the love Jesus hopes for us to find. By the Eucharistic grace of God and the heart of Mary, we can find love this side of Heaven. My own spiritual attraction to Saint Peter Julian is set on fire by the newness of life that can only be found in the Blessed Sacrament.
Jesus is our HOPE.
Torture and graces seem to be part of everyone’s life. We suffer with those suffering.
What will it be like to pass from this life? Will Jesus see His love through our lives?
For those of us practicing our faith, we hope and long for eternity while we love one another this side of Heaven.
Oh my Jesus, it is by our sincere relationship with You that we learn to love Your dying love, a love that brings self to death and an eternal gift of love for the Glory of Our Father in Heaven. That we may try to love others in the hope of returning love to You. Help us to be reminded by the nails that pierced You that our suffering is a way for us to learn to love You more.
Can we see God’s love through sufferings?
I know that my humanity initially leads me to abandonment, rejection, and a desire to be indifferent when misunderstandings and sufferings come my way. Prayer pulls me out of self and into the divine life; it so important we go there, into the silence, to hear God’s voice, seek His wisdom, understanding, and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. By our will, all can be transformed into blessings and thanks.
Joy in the heart is found in doing God’s will and learning to love one another.
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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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