Just last Sunday evening, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass with the National Guard at the Camp James A. Garfield Military Base in Ravenna, Ohio. It was a beautiful day and an honor to pray with people from different locations in Ohio as well as different faith backgrounds who chose to pray on Sunday. After celebrating Mass, I gave the opportunity to let them ask me questions about the Mass and so forth. I was amazed that one person asked how they could become Catholic. It was a touching moment for me as I had preached on the reality that God is truly present in the Eucharist—that at every Catholic church, no matter what town you are in, you can enter into that church and pray with God, really, truly, amazingly. God wants to share His life with each and everyone of us. It is a gift the appreciation of which we can never lessen within our hearts.
Perhaps this is why the Catholic Church is calling for a REVIVAL when it comes to truly appreciating what God is offering His people—love, life, grace, Himself in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. In the gospel, Jesus shared “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.”
God wants to share His life with you. Will you share this good news with others?
Lastly, I would like to share the Diocesan Prayer for the Eucharistic Revival to be prayed before the Blessed Sacrament when you make visits to Him throughout this year.
Prayer for the Eucharistic Revival
Lord Jesus, as we gather at Your altar, You give Yourself to us in the Most Holy Eucharist, so that we might become what we receive.
By Your holy presence we are blessed. May we be transformed forever by Your love that stretches forth to us from this altar. May Your sharing in our humanity humble us to share in Your divinity.
Heal our brokenness with Your real presence and help us to draw strength from You in the Eucharist. Unite us to You in this sacrament that brings healing and redemption.
As we glorify You by our lives, give us grace and courage to share Your love with a world sorely in need of Your mercy. May Your true presence bring hope to those on the peripheries, dry the tears of the poor and the wounded, and end our divisions.
May Your Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity be a constant source of revival for us. Let us become one with You as we seek the peace of Your kingdom where You live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.
Keep your faith in Him alive and He will not fail,
P.S. Thanks for supporting and praying for Fr. Bline and Dc. Butz as they both celebrate 25 years in service to the holy Roman Catholic Church. Pea