My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
a New Year has begun. All the rush for Christmas preparations and the secular preparations for bringing in a "New Year" is behind us. This is the perfect time for all of us to take a deep breath and to focus on our spiritual well being above all other things.
So many of us felt lost at the Holy Mass on Christmas and even more lost when the Solemnity of Mary on January 1st was made a non-obligatory holy day simply because it fell on Monday. This I spoke to you about in my last article.
What the Holy Spirit speaks to me about is a commitment, renewed with all our free will, to being holy. Holiness is a disposition of the heart. It is not this or that devotion, but rather an infused knowledge that without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we lose so many graces that would move us toward holiness through the Mercy of God.
Therefore, for those who are able to make daily Mass at their parish, recommit yourself to doing this, and above all spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. Even for those of us who are not able to make Daily Mass, we, too, must make every effort to find time before the Blessed Sacrament. Oh, how far we have been removed from this most august Sacrament, and the reasons are legion.
I say legion, for I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that the demons of lucifer are legion, and their top priority is to keep us away from God, to implant in our brains a false belief that we can do just fine without Him!
My dear brothers and sisters, the Most Blessed Sacrament is paramount for us. Without Him, are we not lost in the shuffle of this modern, hectic, money-driven world? How easily it is for us to slip into a malaise that is neither hot nor cold, but one of indifference to our faith. Our Sunday obligation has become just that - an "obligation" - rather than a privilege, an invitation from Our Lord Himself to be with Him on Calvary, to receive Him, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity! Perhaps you have often thought about that time two thousand years ago when He walked among His people in the Holy Land. Well, we still have that privilege of walking with Him and talking to Him personally, just as the first apostles and disciples did. But we are lukewarm when we hastily receive Him in Holy Communion, and then depart from the church as if the fire bell has just rung.
My husband and sons and I witnessed this again this past Christmas. We attended the Vigil Mass, an early one for children. We did so purposefully, for we had thought that with the children, the Mass might bring home to each of us the knowledge that we must become as little children if we are to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Unfortunately, the "Mass" played second string to the multitudes of children that were in the Church, and many of them, sad to say, behaved as if they were at a birthday party hosted by "Chucky Cheese" or the same ilk depending on where you live. At the time of Holy Communion, the standing room only crowd gave way to a church that was not even half full. Oh, the shame…and did those of us who remained for the final blessing bother to make reparation for those who bolted for the door because they had more pressing business some where else?
I think it was the holy Cure of Ars, but I am unable to find in my memory if he was the saint who said, in essence, that if we truly believe that Our Lord is present in the Blessed Sacrament, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, we would chain ourselves to the tabernacle and never leave!!
There is so much truth to that statement, and many of us need to be reminded of this. We cannot profess our Catholic faith if we do not recognize, acknowledge, and live the Truth of the Most Blessed Sacrament. That is the key to this new year.
Together, my brothers and sisters let us renew our commitment to live our faith to the fullest. Let us live in the Truth of the most august Sacrament of the Altar-the Blessed Sacrament. Let us live each moment of every day so as to make of our soul a humble abode for Our Lord. It is possible, my dear brothers and sisters, by our actions and our words, to have Our Lord remain with us from one Communion to the next. If we truly believe He is with us, then sin will remain far from us, and we will be able to resist all temptations.
Let us pray for one another that we may live holy, blameless lives in this year, growing in holiness so that, by our lives, we may be a light shining brightly in the dark world of sin that surrounds us.
I shall pray for all of you, and ask your prayers for myself and my family, that we, too, may live holy and blameless lives each day…for as we conduct ourselves in holiness, so does the fullness of the Mystical Body of Christ become a reality for us.
I remain always your very little sister in Christ,