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" “The trouble with the world is me.” - St Catherine of Siena

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eucharistic Reflection - Be Conscious That Christ Is Within You

“How to find Christmas peace in a world of unrest? You cannot find peace on the outside but you can find peace on the inside, by letting God do to your soul what Mary let Him do to her body, namely, let Christ be formed in you. As she cooked meals in her Nazarene home, as she nursed her aged cousin, as she drew water at the well, as she prepared the meals of the village carpenter, as she knitted the seamless garment, as she kneaded the dough and swept the floor, she was conscious that Christ was in her; that she was a living Ciborium, a monstrance of the Divine Eucharist, a Gate of Heaven through which a Creator would peer upon creation, a Tower of Ivory up whose chaste body He was to climb ‘to kiss upon her lips a mystical rose.’

As He was physically formed in her, so He wills to be spiritually formed in you. If you knew He was seeing through your eyes, you would see in every fellowman a child of God. If you knew that He worked through your hands, they would bless all the day through. If you knew He spoke through your lips, then your speech, like Peter's, would betray that you had been with the Galilean. If you knew that He wants to use your mind, your will, your fingers, and your heart, how different you would be. If half the world did this there would be no war!”

(From How to Find Christmas Peace by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen)


  1. Michael, thank you for this reflection. I need to remind myself often of the quiet Christ within me, because I and the world are so noisy. At times, He speaks volumes in the stillness I permit to come upon me, so I can only wonder at what I am missing in my business.

  2. Joann:
    You are certainly not alone. How our Lord must ache when on those occasions He is closest to us, we pay so little attention to Him. Thankfully, He invites us back, over and over...