You have heard about the Bishop's Lenten Appeal, the diocesan wide effort to support the ongoing work of the Church of Arlington. This weekend you will hear a taped message from Bishop Loverde at all our masses. [Link to a video of the Bishop's message.]
During this Year of the Eucharist, we have been emphasizing a commitment to the Adoration Chapel. It is a wonderful place to be in the presence of the Lord. Whether you consider it your personal "holy mountain" or "desert place" or life-giving-well", the Chapel not only places you in the presence of Christ because of his Real Presence in the Eucharist, it also connects us with all other Catholics wherever they are.
I came across a reflection the other day that emphasizes the Eucharist as the point of connection among us. It describes the moment after receiving Holy Communion:
...Returning to my place,
concious of the Gift within
the sweetness of the Lord still in my mouth...
Shuffling to my place,
people squeezing by, settling down,
a child cries,
a couple share a whisper and a smile,
the shuffling of feet and papers,
the Word is made very flesh
and dwells among us
in hidden silence
holding us all
in hidden unity
Another reflection for this Year of the Eucharist...
In our Lord,
Father Stan Krempa