06 June 2010

The Best Time Spent on Earth

Whenever I read or hear the words, ‘Be not afraid’, two souls immediately come to mind: Pope John Paul II, and this dear lady whose quotes follow – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Notice in the next to last paragraph the Marian influence of Eucharistic Adoration for Mother Teresa and her Sisters. Our Blessed Lady is the perfect adorer. She is never absent from adoration and when called upon she will gladly teach her children how to adore.

What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer. Perpetual adoration with exposition needs a great push.

Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration. I beg you to get closer to the Eucharist and to Jesus. We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist.

The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.

We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist; the moment we do, something breaks. People ask, ‘Where do the Sisters get the joy and energy to do what they are doing’? The Eucharist involves more than just receiving; it also involves satisfying the hunger of Christ. He says, ‘Come to Me.’ He is hungry for souls.

In each of our lives Jesus comes as the Bread of Life, to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the bread of our life, our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God. This is what Jesus meant when He said, ‘Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect’.

When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.

When the Sisters are exhausted, up to their eyes in work; when all seems to go awry, they spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This practice has never failed to bear fruit: they experience peace and strength.

Through Mary the cause of our joy you discover that no where on earth are you more welcomed, no where on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus, living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. He is really there in Person waiting just for you. Our holy hour is our daily family prayer where we get together and pray the Rosary before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, the first half hour, and the second half hour we pray in silence.

Our hours of adoration will be special hours of reparation for sins, and intercession for the needs of the whole world, exposing the sin-sick and suffering humanity to the healing, sustaining and transforming rays of Jesus, radiating from the Eucharist.