Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gift of Faith

I am deeply grateful for the gift of faith in the Eucharist. I realize that faith is a gift from God, freely given. I did nothing to earn it or deserve it. When Jesus discoursed on the Eucharist (John 6) many of His followers walked away because they said it was too hard to believe, and so it is without God's gift of faith. If many of God's children don't have this gift, it is not because God doesn't want to give it.

Even many Catholics do not believe what the Church teaches about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. My intent is not to teach those who do not believe, but to challenge them to pray fervently for God to reveal the truth to them, to accept the truth if it is revealed to them, and to study reliable Church sources like the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Another outstanding resource is the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association listed in the links on this page. The most important element is prayer, because God does not refuse His best spiritual gifts to those who sincerely ask with a humble and contrite heart. Also, don't hesitate to approach a Catholic priest with your questions and doubts.

I am acutely aware of the fact that of everyone to whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48). Since I have been blessed with a great love for and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist, I have an obligation and desire to share that faith and to draw as many as possible into His Eucharistic Presence where they will receive special blessings. To Blessed Dina Belanger, Jesus said, "My Heart overflows with grace for souls! Bring souls to My Eucharistic Heart."

For those who are not Catholic, and perhaps have never been inside a Catholic church, you are welcome to visit our churches or chapels of Eucharistic adoration. Let yourself experience being in the Real Presence of your Eucharistic Lord and Savior. Open yourself up to His awesome love and mercy that emanates from Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Visiting Jesus in the Eucharist is not just for Catholics, but for everyone!
After Jesus, we have our Catholic priests to thank for the great gift of the Eucharist, the Church's greatest treasure, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself. Lord, bless your priests, fill them with Your grace, help them to be saints. Bless Your Church with many holy priests, enough to satisfy Your Eucharistic Heart!

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us to respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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