By Laura Worhacz
“If our life were not under Mary’s protection, we might have doubts as to our perseverance and our salvation. Our vocation, which, in a special manner, binds us to the service of the King of kings, makes it more pressing to have recourse to Mary.”
(St. Peter Julian Eymard, Volume 7, Eymard Library page 10)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
In consecrating our lives to Jesus through Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, we are enthroned in Mary’s protection. We, of course, need to participate in having recourse to Mary. In today’s Gospel Jesus offers the words to the disciples of John, ”Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them...” [USCCB Mt 9: 14-17] Mary who is the model of Eucharistic adorers sets an example for us in the way we fast, and it comes in the totality of our consecration promise. We like Mary offer our wills to the Will of God. We find a total communion of love in the offering of ourselves, the sacrifices demanded of us in our daily duties. Every breath of life offered to God becomes pleasing to Him as we recognize the merits of the offering greater through the purity of our intentions. We live in the old wineskins when we stop persevering in the service of our loved ones. The new wine poured out for us by the blood of the Lamb; Jesus Christ offers us the gift of living in the fast of our baptism where our lives become death to the world. We live in the hope of the eternal promise through the Eucharist we receive. Rejoice on this first Saturday, Mary’s day, and think of the many ways in which you fast by loving God through each person in your life. Our salvation comes through our vocations “which, in a special manner, binds us to the service of the King of kings,” O Mary Conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Remember your consecration promise as you pray these words:
“My vocation is beautiful; its duties are great and holy. I desire to spend my life in adoration at the foot of Incarnate Love. Before that Eucharistic throne, I will join the angels and saints in what they do and will eternally do in heaven: praising the infinite bounty of God and blessing the boundless mercy of God. With this gift-of-self, I devote my life to live the mystery of the Eucharist fully and make known the love of God in service to others.”
(Taken from the consecration promise, Eymard Library, Vol.7 page 172
Revised by Father William Fickel, S.S.S. May 13th, 2018)
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.