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January 24, 2023

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.

Prayer

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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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.