Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Real Presence

Today you have a hard time finding Jesus. But if you can find that lit lamp in the church, then you know where the Lord is. That light indicates that in that tabernacle is the Love of All Love-Infinite Love. You can’t love unless you get close to love. You can’t have a fire unless you get close to a fire. You can’t be warm unless you’re near the heat. We have to know that we are loved by a God who is real and present.

~ Mother Angelica

How many times have you drawn near to walk with me my Lord

And I have not recognized you;

How many times have I been slow of heart, debating your truth,

Looking for an easier path to follow?

But you O Lord are always faithful,

And in your great mercy you have never abandoned me;

Your presence is always before me, comforting, consoling and nourishing me.

Like Peter and John, you call me to your table

And in the breaking of the bread,

I am with you and You are with me.

Strengthen me in faith O Lord,

That I may bring that faith to others.

In Your Name I Pray


  1. As I was unable to attend Mass today, your prayerful reflection made a wonderful spiritual communion.
    Thanks and God bless.

  2. I pray this beautiful prayer with you, DG. I loved the quote from Mother Angelica! God bless!

  3. Mother Angelica is one remarkable nun isn't she!!!
    Thanks Mary.God bless you too!

  4. Those words are a humbling reminder "how many times have your drawn near to walk with me my Lord, and I have not recognized you?" I'm sure I've done it many times when I'm rushing around in my daily life.

    I saw Him today in a mother at our local swimming pool who was assisting her grown disabled son, into the swimming pool. I'm not sure if he was born with a disability or had an accident later on, but she was one devoted mama. She lifted her son who was bigger than herself, out of his wheelchair to sit on the side of the pool. He was unable to move his legs or his arms yet he was able to grip the ladder with his hands.

    She then got in the water and lifted him down into the water and swam him around like you would a toddler who was just learning to swim.

    The joy on the young man's face was priceless and as I watched them interact, there was a deep love between them. She didn't look exhausted or bothered... she smiled and talked happily with him for a long time. It warmed my heart!

  5. Noreen,

    What you have written here is so truly beautiful. "I saw Him today...."

    That is what it is all about isn't it, to recognize Christ is the faces of those he sends our way.

    I cannot tell you how this touches me...

    God bless you