Today is Low Sunday and this day has in recent years also been declared Divine Mercy Sunday. I am not going to touch on the Feast of Divine Mercy. There are holes in this devotion and before Pope John Paul II – St. Faustina’s diary was put on the list of Forbidden Books. (There is no such list today – it would be amazingly large) The chaplet and Novena are very beautiful and I am sure bring grace to the Church but her experiences and words have been scrutinized and found to not be theologically sound. But since the Divine Mercy message is related in the mystery of the Eucharist, we will touch on the gift of Jesus truly present in the Eucharist which is nothing less than Jesus’ complete and Personal gift of Himself to us – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – under the appearances of bread and wine in the consecrated Host. Jesus hides His immense glory, beauty and dignity in the Blessed Sacrament because He wants us to come to Him in faith that we may love Him for Himself.
As we remain in lockdown and our ESSENTIAL religious freedom of participating in a Public Mass is taken away from us, we can grow closer to the gift of Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist with our Spiritual Communions. We can turn to Our Lady for help and guidance in our union with Jesus because She has ALWAYS been united to Jesus since His Incarnation.
When we come to ask Our Lady for her profound humility in accepting the gift of Jesus Himself, we can come to experience for ourselves a spark of the beauty of the soul of Our Lady as we receive Him in Holy Communion. We should always ask for the gift of humility from Our Lady before receiving Her Son at EACH Communion. This would follow the instruction of St. Louis de Montfort in living by Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary. If we prayed to receive Our Lady in our soul before each Communion, how happy Jesus would be to come to that soul where His Holy Mother dwells.
To prepare ourselves for a worthy reception of Jesus in Holy Communion we not only call upon Mary but we ask ourselves the following questions: “Who is it that is coming?” “To whom does He come, and why is He coming?” We can answer, “It is my Creator, Who has given me everything that I possess, in whom I live, and move and am. It is God all Powerful, all Wise, all Knowing, all Holy, all Beautiful!” Jesus Christ is coming, the Eternal Son of the Father, who moved by love unspeakable, came down from Heaven into the pure womb of the Virgin, was born into this world and lived as man among sinners! The Good Shepherd is coming to seek His lost sheep; My Redeemer is coming who died on the cross for sinners. To whom is He coming? To a miserable sinner who has not fulfilled the end of his creation, to a steward who has wasted his master’s goods, to a servant who has disobeyed his Lord, to a subject who has rebelled against his Prince, to a redeemed captive who has been unthankful to his Deliverer, to a soldier who has deserted his Commander, to a prodigal child who has turned his back upon his Father, to a spouse who has been unfaithful to her Bridegroom.
HOW GREAT IS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN HIM WHO IS RECEIVED AND THE SINNER WHO RECEIVES!
Who can think of this and not feel himself completely unworthy of such a grace! Does this not stir into a repentant soul the desire to receive on one’s knees and (on one’s tongue).Oh how many sacrilegious communions have gone on before the Public Mass was take away from us. So many coming to receive with mortal sin on their souls and in one’s hand!! How much reparation is needed for this and for the many priests who act as Judas and have betrayed Our Lord!
The saints with their lives teach us that to possess Love is to love Him; it is to allow oneself to be penetrated by His fire – by the Holy Spirit like our Lady. But in order to love, we need to purify ourselves, it is necessary to frequent Holy Confession and to be in the state of God’s grace. On our own, we cannot love. This love comes from the Holy Spirit by God’s grace, and where ever the Holy Spirit is – there is His Spouse, Mary. Mary with the Holy Spirit has been the one who has nourished us with the Body and Blood of Her Son in Holy Communion. The Dispenser of Graces enters into our soul with the Holy Spirit to give us the graces Jesus wants us to have. Love comes from God and is given back to Him through Mary. This is why we must humble ourselves at all times knowing that any charity, any love, any grace coming from our souls originated by the Holy Spirit with the cooperative work of Mary. This is exactly what Our Lady was saying during the Magnificat. The Carmelite mystics call this passive love not because the soul does not move but because the soul does not move itself. The Holy Spirit moves it and it works under His Divine impulse. Therefore, it can truly be said that the Holy Spirit loves in the soul and that the soul loves with the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit that gave Christ to the world at the moment of His conception. Likewise, in the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit gives us Jesus through Mary. Every time we Communicate, our souls and hearts become the temple of the Most Holy Trinity with the Father, through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit.
Because Christian holiness must be realized according to the relationship we have with the Eucharist, we can claim that an ESSENTIAL has been denied us in this lockdown! The offering of ourselves and the Church is nothing without Christ; it is neither holy nor acceptable to God as we are only sinful creatures. Therefore, the offering of ourselves in union with the Body of Christ during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass IS ESSENTIAL. On the altar, the priest acts in the place of Christ, the High Priest, but also in the place of Christ the High Victim. Each member of the Church is simultaneously both priest and victim while acknowledging the essential difference between the ministerial priesthood and the universal priesthood of all baptized persons. So when we unite ourselves to Jesus and offer ourselves up with Him through Mary to the Father, we are united in such a way that we too are Eucharistic. This is ESSENTIAL for the life of the world. Our life’s little actions, words, and deeds become crumbs of the Eucharistic Jesus that feed the world. It is because of the Eucharist that love enters the world. We are in the world for the most sublime of reasons – to be living sacrifices in imitation of Jesus. This is why Satan will do all he can to keep us from the Mass and Holy Communion.
If we cannot receive Jesus sacramentally, we must make many and holy Spiritual Communions and in union with Mary. May we pray to Her during these trying days in the Church to give us back Sacramental Communions for the good of our souls and the good of the world!
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament – pray for us!!
Good St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church – pray for us!!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!