THE HAPPINESS I FEEL WHEN I DISTRIBUTE THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL MY FAMILY

Eugene’s nephew, Louis Boisgelin, was studying to be a Jesuit priest and had fallen gravely ill. He would be the third of Eugene’s sister’s children to die young.

Louis had been sent home to rest for a while, and Eugene joined them for an 8-day break.

I cannot express the happiness I feel when I distribute the body of Jesus Christ to all my family. This is something divine; I always have difficulty holding back my tears, my heart is so full.

Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 14 September 1841, EO XX

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1 Response to THE HAPPINESS I FEEL WHEN I DISTRIBUTE THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL MY FAMILY

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Eugene’s words total resonate within me. For so many years of my life women were not allowed to distribute the Body of Christ. Then one day I was invited to become a Eucharistic Minister and later on to offer formation to other lay persons; formation on becoming a Eucharistic Minister. The unimaginable joy of being able to share with others and especially those most dear to me that which is so precious.

    Some years ago a friend at church told me that when I was distributing communion my smile was radiant. Then and now I think of the joy that fills me both when I receive the Eucharist, the body of my crucified Saviour and the joy when I am able to share the Eucharist and give it to another.

    I use Eugene’s words only because at this moment in time there are none better: this is something divine. And I fully understand his desire to cry for that happens to me often after I have received the Eucharist, after having served as a Eucharist Minister and returned to me seat and when I take the Eucharist to another who is sick, especially when it is someone who I love dearly. And like Eugene there is a propensity to allow tears to fall from my eyes; only because my heart is full and unable to contain the love. That God should allow me to become a vessel for his use…

    I think for a moment of the four young men who recently made their perpetual vows, their perpetual oblation; I can only imagine their joy at being able to do that and share that with those they love.

    I have found my heart so very full this morning as I have reflected and shared this with any who might enter this space. My heart is close to bursting, to overflowing with joy and gratitude. This is what can happen when we love greatly.

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