“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you – for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.” – St. Therese’ of Lisieux
With the celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter into Holy Week. We focus our reflection this week upon the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist, which was instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper on the original Holy Thursday. For it is in this “Sacrament of Love” where Jesus very literally, gives us His Sacred Heart.
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Remember to be on the lookout every day for the seemingly small victories. Our ‘yardstick’ for measuring these small victories is the fruit of the Spirit. Notice how His grace enables you to shift your gaze from your frustration to His peace. Notice your joy-filled heart as you gratefully speak His name throughout the day. These are victories to be acknowledged and celebrated!
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“Behold, what great Love…” – 1 John 3:1
Listen to Laura & De reflect on today’s topic:
Here is a link to read more about the Eucharistic Miracle we spoke about in the recording: https://media.ascensionpress.com/2016/08/26/christ-spans-centuries-eucharistic-miracles/
An Act of Spiritual Communion
The best way to receive Christ is in Holy Communion at Mass. Yet for those times you can’t make Mass, or can’t take Communion because of an unconfessed mortal sin (for which you can ask for and receive God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation), you can still reach out to Him by making a Spiritual Communion in prayer!
St. Thomas Aquinas once defined a Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament [in Communion at Mass] and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”
- Click on the image(s) below and print a copy.
- Using crayons, markers, colored pencils, or other favorite medium, color the images and pray the prayer as you make your spiritual communion with Jesus.
This week share the truth of Christ’s True Presence in the Eucharist with your family. Here are a few ideas: read about a Eucharistic Miracle together, invite your children, spouse, or a loved one to visit Jesus with you in a nearby Adoration Chapel or church, share or listen to this week’s audio-recording with a family member, or give a loved one your colored Eucharistic prayer card.
- If you were able to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament this week, what was it like to gaze upon Him after considering His True Presence through this week’s materials? What, if anything, was different for you?
- Tell us about the small victory you are claiming this week.
- Other sharing or comments are welcome too!
Oh my Jesus, as I contemplate Your True Presence in the Eucharist and how You, my Lord and my God, humble Yourself to come to me as bread and wine, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love. To say “thank You” seems so inadequate; words seem inadequate. And so, I offer You my heart, my mind, and my body… take my life, Lord…. In thanksgiving for the gift of Yours that You offer to me again and again. May I always receive the gift of Your Most Precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity with true belief and humble gratitude. Heal all that is sick in me and transform my heart more and more into the image and likeness of Your Eucharistic Heart burning with Love for us all.
Mother Mary, take my hand and lead me ever closer to your dear Son. Wrap your comforting, protective mantle around me and teach me how to love Jesus and all your children with your gentle love.
In Your Most Holy Name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.