The Feast of the Soul

I read this article today: Find Joy and Consolation in the Eucharist and was led to tears. After what I felt was a ton of failures in the last few weeks, I needed to be reminded of the great joy that comes from being able to feast on the Bread of Life, Jesus Himself, in the Holy Eucharist.  While we may disagree how Jesus is present, and I prefer to keep it as a mystery, we do know that Jesus is present.  He really meant it when he said– This is my Body…This is my blood.  And thank God that is true!

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This paragraph comforted me especially:

Holy Communion will also afford you great consolation in all the sorrows and sufferings of this earthly life. No matter how great your need and your trouble may be, no matter if all forsake you, Christ will never fail you. How could you doubt Him who became man and died on the Cross for you and who gave Himself to be your daily food?

During His earthly life, Jesus was ever kind and compassionate. You may hope for everything from Him in Holy Communion, since you take Him into your heart. He will be your best comforter and helper. He invites you to Holy Communion with such gentle tenderness: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

If your heart is often sad, it is because you may be looking for consolation and happiness in creatures, forgetting that lasting peace and comfort come from God. True peace and consolation spring from divine love. Sin is the cause of all unhappiness and misery in this world, since it deprives souls of God’s friendship. St. Augustine wrote, “Our hearts were made for Thee, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in Thee.” You cannot rest in God more surely than through Holy Communion.

 

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