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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Jesus took bread and said, "This is my body...

When we are present to this great gift, we realize that Jesus chose that which so common and ordinary that we often take bread for granted. Jesus wanted to use what was accessible and He was able to find a way to remain with us in a physical way even after his death. Every Eucharist brings Jesus to us and we have the grace also of keeping His Eucharistic presence in the Blessed Sacrament reserved in all Catholic churches, not just for Communion for the sick, but for us to be able to adore Christ present and talk to Him as one friend talks to another.
St. Madeleine Sophie was very devoted to adoration of the Eucharist. We had, from the first day we entered, a half hour of adoration in the afternoon; this was sacred time and could not be broken up - no one interrupted "adoration" time as one was, or so I was led to believe, obliged to start again - something impossible with our busy schedules as Aspirants. I often think that this prayer in the afternoon was what kept me peaceful and joyful with the rest of my day and night spent with the youngest children as we had even first graders boarding. Now, I relish the opportunity to spend a quiet hour daily in front of the Blessed Sacrament!

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