Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Praised be Jesus Christ!

As our parish continues to give thanks for the blessings of our celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ and the singular graces of our parish’s Corpus Christi Procession, it becomes increasingly clear that it is impossible to adequately give thanks and praise to God for the miracle and gift of the Eucharist. In our lifetime of growing in our gratitude for the Most Blessed Sacrament, I pray the reflection below is a blessing for you as it was for me.

In Christ,
Fr. McGuire

Graces of the Eucharist

More frequent communion since circumstances now make it possible. The Holy Eucharist is indeed food for the soul; to say so is a commonplace, but how true! Apart from the conscious joy it sometimes brings, even without that joy, the inner self becomes stronger and more alive; the Eucharist transforms it, although one may not be aware of this mysterious process. This incorporation into us of the divine substance, this assimilation of [God] into our being, this eternal life penetrating our lives, this close contact with the most holy and loving person of all… works within us and, if our will belongs to God, deeply renews us. Anyone who has received communion for many months or years without being changed inwardly and outwardly has not brought to the holy table the openness and childlike simplicity that is blessed by our Savior. This renewal is independent of all conscious consolation and exterior joy; the loving sense of Jesus Christ’s Real Presence is a grace sometimes given to us, but it does not necessarily contribute to our spiritual progress. It is one thing to love God and another thing actually to feel the joy of his presence.

Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur

Elisabeth Leseur († 1914) was a French married laywoman whose cause for canonization is underway.