August 20, 2022

In 2018, my job took me to New York City for a few months, and while there, I was able to regularly visit Saint Jean Baptiste parish, one of the parishes staffed by the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. I communed with the Eymardian priests that called that beautiful church home and spent enriching time with the local associates of the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament. We were all the Eymardian family, just as conceived. I could not help but imagine Saint Peter Julian Eymard smiling upon us as I, the distant cousin, was embraced, loved, and accepted in all the community activities. I saw it clearly then as I do now that this is the Catholic way, the Eucharistic way. Embraced together, we are all the body of Christ; we are all one family. When one suffers, we all suffer; when one rejoices, we all rejoice.

Yet there is so much conflict in our world, and we forget that we all together are the mystical body of Christ. This amnesia is challenging to combat, for we even tend to separate our spiritual and worldly lives. How can we be as one if even our own lives are divided? We need to fight that division. In Christ, we are called to be one family, one people. Even the distant relative needs embracing. In the Eucharist, this is ever-present. Christ calls us to himself, and we cherish that time with him, who unites us! When alone with Jesus, we pray for the ones missing, and when we are all together, we give thanks for this companionship on our journey home. The Eucharistic life is no solitary life; we acknowledge God with us. Let us journey together with Christ and encourage one another so that the Eucharistic life may blossom all around us.


Our Father in Heaven, you are always with us. We pray for the unity of your Holy Church that it may be united fully in our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, and led by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Help us be one as you are one. Lead us away from disharmony, and guide us through living a fully Eucharistic life in thanksgiving to you, who are all good. Amen.


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About Rick Hernandez

Rick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Saint Vincent dePaul Church in Holiday, Florida.