As Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a feast near and dear to our hearts. At the Last Supper, Jesus left us the gift of the Eucharist before he entered into his Passion. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, Jesus instituted the Eucharist in order to remain with us, to perpetuate the graces of his ultimate sacrifice, and to grow in affection/friendship. Jesus is completely present to us, in a unique and sacramental way, in the Eucharist.
What strikes me about the Eucharist is how vulnerable Jesus makes himself while being completely himself. This authenticity demands us to face our true selves, and to also become vulnerable before the One who loves us the most. We all have wounds, weaknesses, and insecurities. Don’t we all want to show our “best” self to others, which may actually be a “false” self? Do we truly see ourselves as God sees us? Are we willing to be vulnerable and authentic, like Jesus in the Eucharist?
In a book titled Lift Up Your Heart by Fr. John Burns, the author invites us to reflect on this topic:
In order to make true progress – not in terms of worldly success but in terms of deepening communion with our eternal loving Father – we have to strip away the false layers and really get to know ourselves. We must tear down whatever walls we have built up, walls designed to hide our true selves from the world. We must truly be ourselves before God and then before others; if we cannot be so, we cannot give of ourselves, to God and to others. If we cannot enter into our own personally lived gift of self in imitation of Christ’s self-gift on the cross, we will never truly find the fulfillment God longs for us to know (pg. 49).
I encourage you to spend time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Allow yourself to be truly loved, and come to know who you are and your true identity in him.
May the Heart of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved, with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world until the end of time. Amen.
In the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
Sr. Chiara, HMSS
It’s always a joy to share our vocation stories!
Sr. Kathryne of the Holy Trinity, HMSS was asked a few questions about her journey with God for the December 2018 issue of Image & Likeness- A Values Outreach Magazine.
You can read the full interview on Page 13 of this document!
Little girl, I say to you, arise!
You have something so special to offer to the world.
It may be hidden, covered, buried, or maybe even forgotten. But it is there.
Maybe others have discouraged you. Maybe the raw reality of day-to-day life has allowed
you to ever so slowly let go of it, hide it, forget about it, and pretend it’s not there. But it
In the deep. In the quiet.
A tiny flame. You wish it would burn brighter, but at this point it may almost seem easier
to let it go out, to let it die.
But you were not made to hide. You were made for so much more.
You are a gift. A treasure. A pearl of great price. There is a specific mission just for you,
a unique need in the Church, and you are perfect for it. You. Your particular gifts, your
charisms, your passion and your heart are exactly what is needed to restore that part of
It’s how He made you, and if you shy away from it, if you hide, you will be living only one
small part of what He has for you. What is that little flame? Look at it, gaze upon it. If
you could allow yourself the gift of pursuing this dream, of making small steps toward it,
of even just giving it space to dwell in your thoughts, what glorious things could happen?
What beauty could be unleashed?
Could it be that this burning in your heart, this little flame, is the exact thing that will
set you free to live fully? Your Father formed your heart and placed that dream and that
passion there, and He wants to give it to you. Ask Him!
Please do not hide. Not anymore. We need you. The fullness of who you are and who
you are meant to be.
Where are the dry bones in you that need to be called back to life? Dust them off. What
part of you is dead? Ask Jesus to raise you to life again. Jesus stepped out of the grave!
Do not stay in there without Him.
Little girl, you are not so little anymore. You are grown. You are courageous. You have
something to say—something to show to the world. You can do this.
In the quiet, He is whispering to your heart: Wake up. Arise. Step out of the grave. Step
into the light. Step into the fullness of who you were created to be.
“Arise, my friend, my beautiful one,
… Let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely,”
(Song of Songs 2:13-14).
Young woman, I say to you, arise.