Magazine Readers Share Their Reflections on the Eucharist
CINCINNATITen readers of St. Anthony Messenger give moving
testimonies about the meaning of the Eucharist in their lives in the October
issue of the national, Catholic magazine. After September 20, What the
Eucharist Means to Me: Our Readers Respond, edited by Christopher Heffron, an
assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger,
can be found, after September 18, at: AmericanCatholic.org.
Margaret Stripe, from
Ontonagon, Michigan, writes, I have always believed in the Real Presence of
Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. She recalls the time she gave the consecrated
host to Ted, a resident at a long-term care facility, and tears ran down my
face, as I became aware of the privilege I had been granted. A week later, Ted
Sara W. Manis, from
Jamestown, Tennessee, is a convert who attests to the importance of the
Eucharist in her life. My previous religion had failed to satisfy my need for
a deeper faith experience, she explains. The Real Presence in the Eucharist
brought me to my spiritual homethe Catholic Church.
Some readers have endured
traumatic incidents. Virginia King, from West Roxbury, Massachusetts, recalls
the pain, anger and sadness she has experienced as a victim of clergy sex abuse that happened over 50 years ago. The
most important thing that has helped her healing process, she says, has been
the daily reception of the Holy Eucharist.
When someone is seriously
ill and doctors say there is nothing they can do, Elinor D. Matthews, from
Sonoma, California, says there is something everyone can do: Pray and receive
Jesus in the Eucharist. As a eucharistic minister in her parish, Elinor brings
the Body of Christ to her daughter, Kerry, who has experienced serious health
problems. Words cannot express my feeling when Kerry thanks me for bringing
Jesus to her.
Writing from prison in
Comstock, New York, Nick P. says that receiving the Eucharist each Saturday
night is one of the few freedoms he is allowed. The power of the Eucharist,
he says, fortifies me and fills a large void left by the loss of family and
Although each reflection is
vastly different from the others, all have a common theme: The Eucharist
provides refuge for the weary, sustenance for the hungry and warmth for those
left frozen by hardship.
These and many other testimonies about the Eucharist can be viewed at AmericanCatholic.org/Features/Sacraments/msgview.asp.
This interactive Web site also includes additional articles about the Catholic
Churchs Year of the Eucharist, which ends in October, and gives surfers the
opportunity to submit their own stories.
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