This Lent, rediscover the Eucharistic heart of our faith

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Ash Wednesday
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As we receive the ashes of Lent, a new fire casts its light in the heart of the Church. It is the fire of the National Eucharistic Revival, a beacon calling us to reassess our relationship with the Real Presence at the heart of our faith. This Lent is an opportunity to move beyond mere observation and become active participants in this transformative movement, allowing its glowing embers to reignite the fire of Eucharistic love in each of us.

The bishops of our country have called for this revival because, for too long and for too many of us, the Eucharist has been pushed to the periphery of our daily lives. Many view Sunday Mass as a sacred ritual performed with faithfulness but not rippling through the rest of the day, much less the rest of the week. This Lent, let us breach that distance and step into the sanctuary, not just on Sundays, but with hearts yearning for more frequent encounters with Jesus Christ. Imagine carving out quiet moments before the Blessed Sacrament, drawn not by obligation, but by the same magnetic pull one feels toward a cherished loved one.

In your parish

Have you participated in the Forty Hours devotion? Have you helped your parish reach out to parishioners who have not been attending Sunday Mass? Have you taken part in an adult education series on the meaning of the Mass or the theology of the Eucharist? A study on the Eucharist in Scripture? Have you seen Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Eucharistic miracles exhibit? Have you made plans to attend the National Eucharistic Congress in July? And if none of these opportunities are available at your parish, have you asked your pastor how you can help make one happen?

Or maybe your pastor needs assistance to beautify the liturgy in your parish. Eucharistic ministry could include: helping to prepare for Mass; cleaning the church, sacred vessels or linens; or welcoming newcomers. Look for opportunities to share with friends and family how the Eucharist has been a grace in your own life.

In your heart

In addition to these communal opportunities, what about your own spiritual life? Have you read a book to nurture your Eucharistic devotion? Have you prayed for the success of the Eucharistic Revival?

Picture yourself kneeling in the hushed stillness, bathed in the glow of the tabernacle lamp. Breathe in the peace that settles, silencing the world’s cacophony. Let your gaze linger upon the veiled Presence, not with the analytical eye of a theologian, but with the childlike wonder of a heart thirsting for connection. Speak to the Lord in the language of silence, a heartfelt conversation resonating far deeper than any spoken word.

As the gentle light washes over us, shadows of doubt may flicker, anxieties may surface. Yet, within the crucible of adoration, doubt surrenders to faith, and fear melts into the furnace of divine love. Here we find not condemnation, but acceptance, not judgment, but boundless mercy.

In your everyday life

This Lent, let us commit to making these moments of encounter with the Eucharistic Lord a regular pilgrimage, not just on solemn feasts, but during those ordinary Tuesdays when our souls crave solace and strength. Spend an hour, a half hour, even 15 minutes in the presence of the tabernacle, allowing space for the transformative power of Christ’s love to work.

Remember, the National Eucharistic Revival is not a fleeting campaign but a movement to revivify belief. It is a call to action, a summons to rekindle the very flames of faith within us and radiate them outward. Let us rise from the pews, not with a sense of obligation, but with hearts thirsting for encounter. Let us rediscover the Eucharist not just as a Sunday ritual, but as the beating heart of our faith, the furnace of love that warms us, strengthens us, and sends us forth as beacons of hope in a world desperately needing God’s light.

This Lent, let us make the National Eucharistic Revival not just an event but a lived reality, not just in our churches but in the very depths of our hearts and in our everyday lives. May this Lent be the season when we rediscover the Eucharistic heart of our faith, not just amid the ashes but burning ever brighter within us.

Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board

The Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board consists of Father Patrick Briscoe, OP, Gretchen R. Crowe, Matthew Kirby, Scott P. Richert and York Young.