Eucharist: Model of True Communication

I was privileged to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi–the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ–all weekend. I’m continuing in the spirit of that wonderful feastday today, during my Eucharistic adoration. I’m re-posting a slightly revised version of my reflection from last year’s feastday, because I am still trying to “take in” the words of our Founder, Blessed James Alberione.

Adoration in our Daughters of St. Paul Chapel in Toronto

Jesus in the Eucharist is the ultimate Font and Model of all true communication–a giving of self in love. The Eucharistic virtues of hiddenness, humility, silence, availability, presence–these are all “communications virtues”! As a writer specializing in a certain form of communication, I am invited by Jesus to remain in Him so that I not only imitate Him in these virtues, but I allow Him to love, listen, and speak through me.

I recently found this quote from the Founder of the Pauline Family, Blessed James Alberione, that is appropriate for the feast of Corpus Christi. I’m planning to use it in my new book on the Eucharist:

We need a blood transfusion… There must be communication, union, between the Heart of Jesus and your heart–our heart–so that His divine blood will flow into us until little by little our blood is replaced by His. When this union, this total fusion between our will and His will takes place, then, to put it briefly, our will is replaced with the will of Jesus; our feelings are replaced with the feelings of Jesus. We live in Jesus–this is love! We are lost in Jesus. It is no longer I who think, it is no longer I who feel; it is no longer I who act. It is Jesus in me! It is Christ who lives in me!

The Heart of the universe, our lives, and of all true communication: Jesus in the Eucharist.

 

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One thought on “Eucharist: Model of True Communication

  1. Sr. Paul, I love your quote from Blessed James Alberione! This all seems to fit so well with Theology of the Body, also. Christ in the Eucharist is true food for us – body and soul. I’ve never pictured the Eucharist as a blood transfusion, but that is the perfect image. Transfusing the body and blood of Christ into our bloodstream to have our heart pump His soul and divinity to every cell of our body is a humbling and awesome gift! I need to spend some time taking all this in, but I love it!

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