St. Teresa of Calcutta’s life, work, and missionary travels were not just to try to provoke a revolution of charity in one person at a time, but to foster the genuine Eucharistic revival that would lead to an overflow of love. She spoke often of the transformative power of the Mass, but, especially among faithful Catholics, she tried to get them to heighten their Eucharistic spirituality through Eucharistic adoration.
In a talk in Los Angeles, she encouraged Catholics in the United States to spend more time praying before Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, saying, “People ask me: ‘What will convert America and save the world?’ My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in holy hours of prayer.”
She spoke of the benefits: “Nowhere on earth are we more welcomed or loved than by Jesus in Eucharist. 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. This is why we need Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in every Parish throughout the entire World.” She expanded: “Perpetual adoration is the most beautiful thing you could ever think of doing. … Imagine for a moment that we are living in Jesus’ time and He has invited us to visit with Him and spend some quiet time getting to know Him better. Being aware of who He was, we would be humbled and honored by such an invitation. The good news is that Jesus is here with us today — body, blood, soul, and divinity — in the Holy Eucharist. Although Jesus comes to us under the appearance of bread and wine, his presence is as real to us now as He was flesh-and-blood-real to his disciples when he walked this earth. He can perform miracles, heal us, teach us, and love us. We can talk to him and he can speak to us.
She summarized, “The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth.”
“3- Minute Retreat: “You are What You Eat”
As you prepare for this retreat, pause for a moment. Take several deep breaths and allow yourself to grow still. Be aware of God’s loving presence within you.
John 6: 51. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Living bread from heaven. Who doesn’t long to taste even the smallest morsel? We may call it by different names, but we all know the hunger. During those times when it seems that every door slams in our face, the promise of living bread from heaven fills our imagination. Our body, mind, and spirit go in search of the only thing that will satisfy: God. The Body of Christ, which we receive in the Eucharist, is the life-giving bread that gives strength to us who partake of it and, through us, is life for the world. We become what we eat. By consuming the Living Bread, we too become living bread. God feeds the world through us.
For what do I truly hunger at this time in my life?
How has God used me to feed others this week?
Speak to God using this prayer or a prayer of your own:
Lord Jesus, Living Bread, may I always hunger for You! Amen
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