Getting More Out of Holy Communion
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
This week I continue with the instruction from St. Peter Julian Ey-mard from his book: How to Get More Out of Holy Communion. The goal of this series is to help every Catholic to be continually renewed in the love of Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist each time the soul receives Him in this Sacrament of His Love.
One of the insightful and encouraging guidelines given us by St. Peter is that Holy Communion drives sadness from our souls. St. Peter writes: “We are tormented by a great sadness. It is fixed in the depths of our heart and will not be dislodged there-from. There is no joy for us on the face of the earth that is not fleeting and that does not end in tears; there is none and can be none. This sorrow comes to us as an integral part of our heritage from Adam, through whose sin we are exiles from our native land and from our Father’s house.
We feel this sadness most deeply when we are quite alone. It even frightens us at times. It is there within us, and whence it comes, we know not. People without faith grow discouraged, fall into despair, and prefer death to such a life. That is a terrible sin and a sign of reprobation.
What remedy, then, shall we Christians employ against this innate sadness? The practice of virtue and striving for Christian perfec-tion? These are not enough… Prayer itself can, to be sure, some-what relieve our sadness, but cannot give joy that is unalloyed or of long endurance. Then what is the true remedy? The absolute rem-edy, the ever-new and ever-effective remedy that sadness cannot withstand, is Communion. Our Lord has made Himself the Eucha-rist and enters into us to give direct combat to our sadness. And I state as a principle that no soul that truly desires and hungers to receive Jesus will remain sorrowful in Communion. Afterward, sadness may return, because it is inherent in our exiled state. And the more speedily we fall back on ourselves and cease to dwell in the thought of our Lord’s goodness, the more quickly it will return, but never at the moment our Lord enters into us.
Let us, instead, enjoy without fear the goodness of God; let us ea-gerly receive the happiness that is offered us and be ready to give with generosity to our Lord whatever He is please to ask of us in return.”
Another encouraging teaching St. Peter teaches us is that in Holy Communion Our Lord Jesus speaks to our hearts. St. Peter wonder-fully writes: “We Christians are all princes of Jesus Christ; we are of the blood royal. Our Lord confides the formation of our youth to His ministers, who tell us of God, explaining His nature and His attributes. They show Him to us, promise Him to us, but they can-not make us feel Him or comprehend His goodness.
So Jesus Christ Himself comes on the day of our First Holy Com-munion to make us feel the hidden and inmost meaning of all the instructions we have received. What words and books were pow-erless to accomplish, Jesus Himself comes to do: to reveal Himself to the soul. This is assuredly the triumph of the Eucharist – that it molds the spiritual man, forms Jesus Christ within us. Our interior education will always be incomplete, unless it is the work of our Lord Himself… So give yourself to Jesus! Let Him dwell in you, and you will bear much fruit, according to the promise He himself makes you: “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit.” (John 15:5)”
He himself makes you: “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit.” (John 15:5)”
My brothers and sisters, let us draw close to Jesus every time we are able through attending Holy Mass. This is the best opportunity we have to show our love for Him and receive the love our souls thirst for on a daily basis. The love Jesus has for each of us is beyond description; that is why it is necessary for us to desire Him and to learn through experience His love for each of us through union with Him.
Through the love of Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist, the love of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary and the intercession of the chaste heart of St. Joseph, St. Michael and St. Paul, may God bless you, your families and our parishes!
In Christ through Mary, Fr. Kasel