Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saints and the Eucharist

One thing that all the Saints had in common when they lived on earth was a deep love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Regardless of age, social position, vocation, or other responsibilities, it was their priority to attend Mass and spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament as often as possible. Some Saints sacrificed their lives in order to protect Jesus in the Eucharist. Some walked miles under all kinds of weather conditions to be able to attend Mass. Saint Peter Julian Eymard had this to say:
"The spirit of Eucharistic love
will make you refer everything to the Holy Eucharist,
for the Eucharist is the summary of all marvels.
It is the permanent mystery in which we find all others...
God is immense, the universe is filled with God's presence,
but the Eucharistic soul
prefers to search and find God where He is sacramentally.
Just as the eagles assemble where the body is,
so also Eucharistic souls
are attracted instinctively, easily, and habitually to the Holy Eucharist.
Therein is their happiness, their peace;
there they find a supernatural knowledge of all things."
The Saints were Eucharistic souls. Our Lord calls everyone to be Saints, not just a few. It would seem that one of the surest ways to help us become Saints would be to become Eucharistic souls--if we are not already.
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful quote from St. Peter Julian Eymard!