29 May 2009

Having A Eucharistic Soul

Here are some of the always-inspiring reflections of Saint Peter Julian Eymard. The Apostle of the Eucharist very briefly addresses here (and more extensively in other writings) distractions, something that burdens most of us from time to time. Our Lady, though, is the perfect Adorer; and when she is a permanent resident of our interior life, she stands guard at the door of the inner temple, and turns away anything that seeks to disrupt our Adoration of her Son.

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. If you have this Eucharistic spirit, if your thoughts are tuned continually toward the Eucharist, the Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament will never leave you. 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.

Our Lord so loved us that He could not separate Himself from us, even in His state of glory. The Eucharist is His Incarnation continued, multiplied, perpetuated till the end of time.

You must live from within your heart in the goodness of the Eucharistic Jesus. Yours must be a nobly passionate love, which surrenders everything in one act of giving.

Dwell within, recollect your inner spirit, be in control of yourself, recollect yourself from external things to those within, put the world aside. Withdraw with Jesus in your heart, where He is inspiring your soul, speaking to it in an interior language which love alone hears and understands.

Be a disciple of prayer, because without prayer there is no habitual union with God. You need a type of prayer which is suited to your temperament, your situation, your inner inclination, consequently, your heart. Speak simply and candidly to our Lord. Let it be an interior conversation with God more than a work of the mind. Then, a scattered, distracted meditation will come together, because it will express all the thoughts and needs of your heart.

The object of Eucharistic adoration is the Divine Person of our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. He is living there. He wants us to speak to Him, and He will speak to us.

Look upon the hour of Adoration… as an hour in Paradise. Go to your Adoration as one would to heaven, to the Divine Banquet. You will then long for that hour and hail it with joy. Take delight in fostering a longing for it in your heart. Tell yourself, "In four hours, in two hours, in one hour, our Lord will give me an audience of grace and love. He has invited me; He is waiting for me; He is longing for me."

Go to our Lord just as you are. Be natural in your meditation. He wants the thought and prayer of that heart as the genuine expression of its love for Him.

It may be that we do not want to go to our Lord because we are ashamed of our misery and wretchedness: that is the fruit of subtle self-love, impatience, or cowardice. Our Lord prefers our helplessness to everything else; He is pleased with it and blesses it.

The love of Jesus Christ reaches its highest perfection and produces the richest harvest of graces in the ineffable union He contracts with the soul in Holy Communion. Therefore, by every desire for goodness, holiness, and perfection that piety, the virtues, and love can inspire in us, we are bound to direct our course toward this union, toward frequent and even daily Communion.

Holy Communion must become the thought that dominates mind and heart; it must be the aim of all study, of piety, of the virtues; the receiving of Jesus must be the goal as well as the law of life.

Let us perfect ourselves in order to receive Communion worthily and let us live with a constant view to Communion.