By Laura Worhacz
“With what modesty and reverence will the perfect adorer conduct himself before the Blessed Sacrament! He will conduct himself as do the Angels before the Throne of God. Entirely penetrated by faith and absorbed in the Divine Presence, he pays no attention to anyone or to anything around him”.
St. Peter Julian Eymard
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
“For our struggle is not flesh and blood but with principalities and powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens” (Ephesians 6:12). The battle of good and evil sadly remains, even after the death of Jesus. Evil never sleeps but tries to twist, turn, and manipulate the purity of God. Evil has intelligence and can have a voice through our choices. The darkness lives in fear, guilt, and the possession of hidden lies. However, God’s love is triumphant. It lives in the heart of the believer, it hopes, it dreams, and becomes a reality in the freedom to do good. Although the devil is constantly trying to possess us, we have no doubt that we are safe in the heart of God Our Father.
We are coming to the close of our Lenten journey and tomorrow we experience another Palm Sunday. Perhaps this year we can go with Jesus into His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. In preparation for the holiest days of the year, the Triduum, we can offer our own lives with the gift of ourselves. We take up our Cross with the One who first carried the Cross of evil to His crucifixion. Jesus passionately suffered and died. He absorbed the devil's wiles in the humility of His crown of thorns, horrifying scourging, the weight of the Cross, and final last breath. Yes, Jesus enters His passion! Jesus “pays no attention to anyone around him”, he only stops to console others. Jesus fulfills the will of God by taking away the sins of the world. The above excerpt from Saint Peter Julian Eymard is asking us to be totally penetrated by faith and absorbed in the Divine Presence. In this teaching, the depths of our souls should cry out in praise to our God who is absorbed in His love for us. Jesus died for each of us, individually and personally. In response to this gift of life we are called to a mission to keep the body of Christ active, busy and healthy, in God’s Love.
Nourished by the Eucharist, there is no cunning stratagem of the devil that will not be revealed. All fear will be consoled in the beating heart of Christ.
Many of us are preparing for our consecration to Jesus through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. God has blessed us in Jesus and Mary. The wind whirls around us, yet we stand firm at the foot of the Cross. Easter Sunday is coming and remains with us in Jesus Eucharistic!
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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.