By: Laura Worhacz
Mary the Dispensatrix of Eucharistic Graces
While the Apostles went to preach the Gospel, thou didst remain close to the tabernacle, supplicating for them the goodness of the Savior, and thy prayer obtained for them the grace to convert the world! (Novena to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament day nine)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
The Assumption of Mary and the Coronation of Our Lady are intense mysteries of the holy rosary. This Saturday falls in between these two glorious days. Mary is our mother and assumes an intimate interest in our lives. She identifies with our miseries; she takes with her to Heaven all our needs, joys and sorrows. All that we have, all that we offer, is given to Mary as the Dispensatrix of all graces. Mary is overlooking the world as our good mother. She is enlightened to the needs of all.
My second child was conceived on the Assumption of Mary. This day holds for me the reality of the creator of all life blessing me with the gift of pregnancy. So it is with our prayers; they are carried by God, given to birth in His “due” time. The power of prayer taps on the cloak of Jesus, He who holds the keys to the kingdom and Eucharistic graces.
I recall the time when my family moved to Florida and I was agonizing saying, “O Lord, where am I?” It was quite a few years before I was truly adjusted to the change of living in a new state. I remember praying in front of the statue of the Assumption of Mary that my husband gave me as a reminder of my daughter’s life, shedding a few tears. Peace came over me in the realization that our suffering is assumed with Mary and a crown of glory is being prepared through our purification.
St. Peter Julian reminds us that Heaven exists now in the Eucharist. It is true. I think of the Eucharistic family that was already here in the midst of my move. Mary saw where I was, “O Lord, where am I?” She let me enter the view from the Heavenly banquet. I am forever grateful to where the Lord has taken me and the people that I have been blessed to meet.
Prayer changes things according to God’s plans. In our prayer we hope, in our prayer we long. We can depend on God, and the confidence in this transforms our existence. Our prayer can obtain the grace to convert the world. Let us help one another remember the power of prayer, the gift it is to offer prayer, and Mary, the Dispensatrix of all graces gathered for Jesus.
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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.