We continue to read the catechist of the Holy Father
Dear Brothers and Sisters: Our continuing catechesis on the Eucharist today centers on the importance of Sunday Mass. As Christians, we celebrate the Eucharist in order to encounter the Lord, to hear his word, eat at his table and, by his grace to fulfill our mission in the world as members of his Mystical Body the Church. As the day of the resurrection and the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Sunday is the Christian holy day par excellence. How could we pass this day without encountering the Lord? Sadly, in many secularized societies, we have lost the sense of Sunday. The Second Vatican Council asked us to celebrate the Lord’s Day as a day of joy and rest from servile work, precisely as a sign of our dignity as children of God. Each Sunday is meant to be a foretaste of the eternal bliss and repose to which we are called and which we share, even now, in Holy Communion. In the end, we go to Mass not to give something to God, but to receive from him the grace and strength to remain faithful to his word, to follow his commandments and, through his living presence within us, to be witnesses of his goodness and love before the world.
“EVRYTHING IS GRACE” is based on a quote of our Saint Theresa out of “Her Last Conversations” that reads:“Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love - difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs - everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness. Everything is a grace because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events - to the heart that loves, all is well.” In her very last moments of life St. Theresa because of her sickness could not even receive communion, “everything is a gift.” Brothers and sisters being enlightened by the words of our patroness let us live everything as a gift. Each Sunday is a precious occasion to give thanks to the Lord for His many gifts. Every time we receive the body and blood of our Lord, we become ONE with Him. Happy Gaudete Sunday.