Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Book Study

"When I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, my hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul, but souls do not even pay attention to me. They leave me to myself and busy themselves with other things.....They treat me as a dead object."
Sr. Faustina, Diary, 1385

Some friends and I have started a small, informal book study on this book. I can tell you that I feel really convicted from the very first chapter! Oh boy, do I need confession! As a Catholic, I'm supposed to know all of this...and...I do. It's just that, there is always so much of ME in the way! Pride is a nasty little trait. How often do we (me, that is) treat the Eucharist as a "dead object"? How many times have I forgotten that the Eucharist is really alive? If you're like me at all...I find myself distracted with many things when I go up for Communion. Mostly, I'm fighting with little hands and feet trying to keep them from bumping into others and running away from me. How many times have I mindlessly received Our Lord into my mouth secretly willing mass to be over so that I can get home to let the kids run free? Exactly how much respect and reverence for the Eucharist do I show?

Oh God...please forgive my pride and arrogance at taking You for granted. Please help me to remember that You truly are ALIVE in the Holy Eucharist and that my "business as usual" attitude only serves to separate us further. Help me to recognize the abundant graces that You offer and that You have invited me to share. Amen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is one beautiful little book! We have one in our Adoration chapel...but I want one for myself! I would love to be in your new book study group! Enjoy!