Present ‘Eucharist From Adoration to Action’

by Sister Julie Ann on October 18, 2009

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img_6792.jpgCan you visualize yourself selecting a presentation entitled Eucharist From Adoration to Action for an October, 17, 2009, Saturday afternoon time slot at an Archdiocesan event? Invited to speak in the Chicago Festival of Faith’s young adult ministry track, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Sara Hale, OSF, (serving on the southside of Chicago in Angels Outreach) Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF, shared:

  •  some of the writings of St. Francis and St. Clare and their love of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
  • provided moments of reflection, participation and integration using music, stories, Catholic Eucharistic instruction and questions
  • invited participants to do some outreach in the context of our lives today.  

St. Francis’ Letter to the Entire Order, among other writings, was highlighted:

monstrance3.jpgLet everyone be struck with fear, let the whole world tremble, and let the heavens exult when Christ, the Son of the living God, is present on the altar in the hands of a priest! O wonderful loftiness and stupendous dignity! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity! The Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under an ordinary piece of bread! Brothers, look at the humility of God, and pour out your hearts before Him! Humble yourselves that you may be exalted by Him! Humble yourselves that you may be exalted by Him! Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves that He Who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally!

Two comments from participants:

” I need to move in service”.

“Be Christ to others through our acts.”

The Franciscan Sisters were assisted by Mark Kolter, Kolter Creative, in immersing participants into the reality of ‘Adoration and Action’ and in providing virtual contributions by Father Michael Ignaszak, pastor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Tri-Parishes of Sts. Alexander,Helen and John Kanty in Milwaukee and the Cistercian Nuns of Our Lady of the Valley Monastery, Prairie du Sac WI. 

Note: past students of St. Willebrord who are now teachers in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese introduced themselves.

Any comments?

6 thoughts on “Present ‘Eucharist From Adoration to Action’”

  1. The strong love of Jesus in the Eucharist, so present in the writings of St.Francis and St.Clare, give us all a way of living the mystery of becoming Christ for others.

    It was an honor to share this with so many of the young adults, teachers, catechisits, and parents who attended our session!

  2. Lest you feel that St. Clare’s Eucharistic love was not given proper significance, here’s one of the writings that reflects on her relationship with Jesus …

    “Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
    Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
    Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
    And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation!
    So that you too may feel what His friends feel
    As they taste the hidden sweetness which God Himself has reserved from the beginning
    for those who love Him.”
    -Letter to St. Agnes

  3. I love the title, Eucharist from Adoration to Action. As a Franciscan woman active in society, I experience this strong connection between prayer and service. The presence of Jesus in the Eucharist impels me to act with compassion and justice. The Gospel life of Francis and Clare impelled them to service especially of the most marginalized. The service then draws me to prayer because I know my service is inadequate without the power and presence of Jesus. This is a spiritual “circle of life”.

  4. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    Blessings to you, Srs. Sara, Mary Ann & Julie Ann for sharing on the EUCHARIST. Our entire Religion, Life & Service can be summed up in the Mass and EUCHARIST. From Adoration to Action is very apropos as one needs the silence, strength, presence of the Lord in order to go forth and LIVE the EUCHARIST to others in our daily living & ministries. Thank you!

  5. The Eucharist is a topic that is forever timely. And we are open to sharing the wisdom of Francis, Clare, Fr. Michael, the Cistercian Nuns and our own research to any group open to hear a powerful, life-changing message.

  6. Sister Rosangela Weiland says:

    I read this days ago but needed time to ponder about the Eucharist in my own life. As religious we are so blessed to be able to go to Mass and receive the Eucharist every day. Clare and Francis did not have this opportunity and yet had such a deep love for the Eucharist. May we use the graces we receive in interacting with others.

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