My heart is yours now

My heart is yours now

On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we strive to open our hearts that we might receive this gift with greater receptivity. Today if we are unable to be in His physical presence in the Eucharist, we remember that He dwells faithfully within our hearts and will never abandon us. “Fear not, for I am with you” (Is. 43:5). Come to Me, to receive what you have always longed for. My heart is yours now. Come to Me today, as you are: no need to perform, to earn, to appear. Come to Me with your worries and distractions, your weariness and your stress, your joys and your thankfulness. You have My undivided attention. So, let down your guard and come, come to Me as you are. Today I desire to look at you, My child. Today I want to remind...

Mother Teresa, Apostle of Charity

Mother Teresa, Apostle of Charity

“‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” – Matthew 25:35-40 This passage from the gospel of Matthew, where we are presented with the final judgement, summarizes in some ways one of the greatest saints of our time: Saint Teresa of...

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

When I was a kid, my mom used to set up an empty cradle for Baby Jesus on our dining room table at the beginning of Advent every year, and each time someone in the house did a good deed, they added a piece of straw to the cradle. The idea was to build a soft bed for the Baby Jesus with our offerings. My mom started this tradition the first year I was old enough to understand and participate, and I still remember her explaining the importance of it to me: “If we’re going to do this, we have to do enough good deeds to give Baby Jesus a comfy bed for when He’s born on Christmas. If we don’t do enough good deeds, His bed will be hard and uncomfortable. Are you ready to do it?” As an adult, I continue to use the season of Advent to...

Do This in Memory of Me

Do This in Memory of Me

“Do this in memory of me.” These are the words Jesus spoke to His apostles during the Last Supper. In the hours following these words, human history changed. That night, when His friends left Him, when one betrayed Him, another denied Him, on that night Jesus accomplished His greatest, most mysterious work: the Institution of the Eucharist. And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the...

The Goodness of Good Friday

The Goodness of Good Friday

On this Good Friday, there is much goodness for which we can give thanks. This is the only day of the year in which the Church does not celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, but rather the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. And though the Eucharist is not celebrated in the same way as it is on the other 364 days of the year, I think that precisely for this reason the agapic (sacrificial love) dimension of the Eucharist emerges today with greater force. We do not officially reserve or adore the Sacred Species today, there is no consecration because we do not celebrate the Mass but rather venerate the Cross; but we are invited to become living tabernacles ourselves in today’s liturgy when we receive Jesus’ Body in Holy Communion. The seeming absence of...