How can I deepen my devotion to the Eucharist, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

Dear Kianna: How can I deepen my devotion to the Eucharist, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic? – Seeker

Dear Seeker: Jesus in the Eucharist is the centerpiece of our Catholic faith. By offering his body and blood, he unites himself to us. Receiving him in the sacrament, we become living tabernacles, bearing his presence. My first intimate and personal encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist was during my confirmation retreat in high school. In a moment of adoration, my soul felt deeply united
to the Lord. Even amid the challenges and struggles in my life, I experienced a deep peace
in my heart, knowing I was loved and worthy. All my insecurities were received and comforted by the heart of Christ, fully present in the Eucharist.

Our whole world has experienced a time of great darkness, sickness and difficulty from the COVID-19 outbreak. Each of us has been affected, but none of us is alone. Nothing can separate us from “the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). Even when we cannot be physically present at Mass or receive the Eucharist, Jesus still reassures us of his presence: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).

And we have the beautiful gift of spiritual communion, which allows us to receive Christ spiritually when we cannot physically receive the sacrament. I invite you to pray the act of spiritual communion below daily.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most holy Eucharist. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Do not be afraid — as the body of Christ, we are in this journey of life together. Our loving Lord will never abandon us, especially in the storms of life. I urge you to reflect and seek the good that has blossomed from the pain of this COVID-19 pandemic, discovering the ways that Jesus has led you to his sacred heart. Keep praying and entrusting your life to Christ, our eucharistic Lord, and this will deepen your relationship and devotion to him.

And when you feel afraid, have doubts and temptations, look to Christ, who will console your aching heart and offer true peace. Remember that the ultimate source of all love is found in the Eucharist, as Jesus offers the very gift of himself for our salvation. Never forget or lose sight of this great gift, and constantly seek to unite yourself to Our Lord and be strengthened in his presence.

Many blessings and love to you all — we are in this together!

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Northwest Catholic - June 2020

Kianna Garmanian

Kianna Garmanian is the youth minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell. Send your questions to editor@seattlearch.org.
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Kianna Garmanian es Ministra para Jóvenes en la Parroquia Santa Elizabeth Ann Seton de Bothell. Envíe sus preguntas a editor@seattlearch.org.