05 June 2010

The Eucharistic Soul

Here are some Eucharistic thoughts from Saint Pierre Julien Eymard, known as the Apostle of the Eucharist. On this day of Saturday, however, it’s always edifying to reflect on Our Blessed Lady as well. Saint Pierre Julien Eymard wrote: ‘If Saint John leaped in the womb at the approach of Mary, what feelings must have coursed through Joseph during those six months when he had at his side and under his very eyes the hidden God! Can we doubt that Joseph must often have adored Jesus hidden in the pure tabernacle of Mary? How fervent that adoration must have been: My Lord and my God, behold your servant! No one can describe the adoration of this noble soul. He saw nothing, yet he believed; his faith had to pierce the virginal veil of Mary’. Here is more from this great saint:

Love cannot triumph unless it becomes the one passion of our life. Without such passion we may produce isolated acts of love; but our life is not really won over or consecrated to an ideal. Until we have a passionate love for Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament we shall accomplish nothing.

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.

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 Eucharist is the supreme proof of the love of Jesus. After this, there is nothing more but heaven itself.

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 to the end of time; but how few there are for whom Jesus sacramentally is the love of their life, their first love, their delight!

Hear Mass daily; it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is the most holy act of religion; you can do nothing that can give greater glory to God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and devoutly. It is the favourite devotion of the saints.