Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church
We must be apostles, ministers, and instruments of the Eucharist; … This is our center of life, our vital source of action and apostolate. … We must preach the Eucharist by our works, by our writings, and by our words; no one should speak better than us of the Eucharist: we are its religious (Retreat at Paris, August 1867).
Today’s readings and words from our founder (above quote in A Year with Father Eymard Day by Day) remind us of our call, our sacrifice, and the family to which we belong. God’s family is not exclusive to just parents or siblings: it’s ministering to all because the sacrifice of Christ and service to the Body of Christ invites us to live the law of the Gospel for all. Just as Christ lived his whole life to do his Father’s will, we are called to make sacrifices and offerings (see the Letter to the Hebrews) to God and the community to build up the Body of Christ.
Today’s saint, Francis de Sales, was a wise teacher of spiritual direction and formation and wrote several treatises to ensure that we would discern with God our true calling. At the root of his teachings is for all of us to discover truth, experience God’s love, and share God’s love with others.
Who will I share an act of kindness with today?
Flowing from the gift of love, the Eucharist, may we continue to serve a spirit of true humility, sacrificing our own will and desires for God’s: Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
O God, guide my soul to graciously serve you and the Body of Christ in total charity and gentleness. May we always display, through the Sacrament we receive, humbleness and meekness that will help us grow into your Son’s likeness. Through Christ our Lord.
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