Sunday, May 3, 2015

First Eucharist Celebration

A nice day celebrating an awesome person!  I am so proud of her and who she is.    I love her determination, kindness, stubbornness, intelligence, and great ideas. And so much more. I am so happily blessed that she's my daughter!

With lovely Godmother Kathleen

With Grandpa and Abuela
Love how this turned out!

Our current parish spends what I think is too-much time on superficial things: how the kids dress, how they sit in the pews. (Reminds me of our wedding when the church's wedding planner thought our procession in would look "terrible," even though I had so carefully planned it so that it incorporated everyone's needs. In the end, it was one of the best elements of the wedding and her superficial perspective was made irrelevant, even if in situations like this one I do remember it with disappointment.)

To combat this, I did some research into one some of the Saints have said about their First Eucharist experiences. Surprise! They weren't at all focused on the dress or whether the other kids were sitting in a straight row. Instead, some rich quotes, which G and I read together and discussed the night before the Sacrament:

"Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you - for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart... "Receive Communion often, very often...there you have the sole remedy, if you want to be cured. Jesus has not put this attraction in your heart for nothing..." - St. Therese of Lisieux "

It is a great misfortune and a miserable fault to have Him thus near you, and to be thinking of anything else. Let ... the whole world tremble; let the heavens exult when Christ, the Son of the living God, is on the altar in the hands of the priest. O amazing splendor and astounding condescension! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity! The Master of the universe, God Himself and Son of God humbles Himself so far as to hide Himself for our salvation under the feeble appearance of bread! See brothers the humility of God . . . keep nothing of yourselves for yourselves, so that He may possess you entirely, who has given Himself wholly for you." - St Francis of Assisi "

Oh what awesome mysteries take place during Mass! A great mystery is accomplished in the Holy Mass. With what great devotion should we listen to and take part in this death of Jesus. One day we will know what God is doing for us in each Mass, and what sort of gift He is preparing in it for us. Only His divine love could permit that such a gift be provided for us. -Sr. Faustina

"The loving treatment that Jesus bestows on me every morning in the Holy Communion excites within me an unutterable sweetness and draws to itself all the weak affections of my miserable heart. Behold O Lord, my heart and my soul; come Lord, I open my breast to Thee. Send in Thy Divine Fire. Burn me, consume me, come and delay no longer. I would fain be the dwelling of all thy fires. -St. John Chrysostom

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