Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

Because she is the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is both God and man, we honor Mary as the Mother of God. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant represented God’s presence among his people. Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant, because she carried the Lord in her womb. The first reading of today’s feast speaks of the woman clothed with the sun. She is the “great sign” in the heavens, a sign of hope for the pilgrim people of God.
As Mother of God, it was fitting that Mary’s body be preserved from decay. At the end of her earthly life, God brought her to heaven, body and soul. On Calvary, Mary had stood by the cross of Jesus and shared in his sufferings. She shared in his resurrection also, anticipating the resurrection of the body that will occur at the end of the world. As Mary says in today’s gospel, “From now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me” (Lk 1:48-49).

As Christians, we need not fear death. Jesus has forged the way for us by his resurrection from the dead, leading us to eternal life. Our bodies too will rise again to happiness forever. When  the sorrows of earthly life overwhelm us, it helps to remind ourselves that after a few short years, which pass quickly, we will enjoy the happiness of heaven forever.


Our Lady of the Assumption, Mary our mother, pray for us who are still on our pilgrimage through this earthly life. Remind us of our goal, that we are called to happiness in eternal life. May that hope sustain us in difficult moments, so that we will never abandon the path to God. Amen.

© 2017 Daughters of Saint Paul

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

St. Peter Julian Eymard

(February 4, 1811-August 1, 1868) 

Born in La Mure, France, Peter felt God’s call from a young age. After some difficulties due to poor health, he was ordained as a diocesan priest. Peter always had a strong devotion to Mary, which led him to enter the Marists in 1837. He was also developing a strongly Eucharistic spirituality. On the feast of Corpus Christi in 1845, an intense spiritual experience gave him the idea to form a congregation of priests devoted to Jesus in the Eucharist. Leaving the Marists, Peter established the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. The difficult beginnings were lived in great poverty. Peter evangelized people in the streets and prepared them for their First Communion. He involved lay people in this work and in 1858 he began a contemplative community for women, the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. His writings on the Eucharist are still popular today.


Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s charism joined Marian devotion with a strong emphasis on the importance of Eucharistic prayer. The Eucharist is Jesus, the source of all grace. This prayer is not closed in on itself but urges us to bring the love of Jesus to others. Peter’s example can help us to reflect on our own love for and appreciation of the wonderful gift that Jesus has given us in the Eucharist. Can I make some time in my week for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament?


Saint Peter Julian Eymard, you were filled with such love for Jesus in the Eucharist that you wanted to share that with everyone. Pray for us that we too may find in the Eucharist the source of all grace and blessings, and share them with others. Amen.

© 2017, Daughters of Saint Paul