It should not be surprising that Christ in his infinite divine love for people would find a way to come into them, and that this unity is accomplished by an act at once spiritual and physical.
He sees his beloved creatures wandering around aimlessly, yet inwardly locked up in their lonely egoism. Filled with compassion, he longs to enter into them, to comfort them, to let the leaven of his love lift up their spirits. Like a human lover, he cannot bear to see the one he loves bowed down with melancholy, but instead would give anything to be able to inject his own joy into her heart.
Just as one kiss does not suffice a lover, but he would come close to his loved one every day, so Christ offers himself to us in the intimacy of Communion every day, if we will. Each day we could live out of the unity of love, fed by the food of divine love, by the very being of Christ our Lover, who wants us to be part of him and, what is just as astounding, wants to be part of us....
For most of us, it is not a direct mystical experience to receive Communion, but rather an experience in faith. It is necessary to emphasize, however, that faith is an experience. It is not simply a blind decision to believe the incredible; it is a response to something not fully visible but still intimated. There are occasional valid moments in which a very vivid disclosure of this mystery is given, sometimes in the form of a strange longing for Communion, or a deep sense of loss when deprived of receiving, or a feeling of great peace after receiving.
As we become more and more opened by his love, the moments may become more frequent when the waters of that inner fountain overflow into consciousness. At such times it seems clear that this underground source has been slowly increasing throughout years of Holy Communions received in faith.
Ronda Chervin. "Food that Endures for Eternal Life." from Church of Love (Liguori, Missouri: Liguori Publications, 1973).
Reprinted by permission of the author, Ronda Chervin. Church of Love is out of print.
This excerpt appeared in Magnificat.
Ronda Chervin teaches at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She converted to the Catholic Faith from a Jewish, though atheistic, background and has been a Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola Marymount University, the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is the author of some sixty books including Healing of Rejection with the Help of the Lord: A Survivor's Guide, Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering: How Our Heroes in Faith Found Peace Amid Sorrow, Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists, What The Saints Said About Heaven: 101 Holy Insights On Everlasting Life, and Holding Hands with God: Catholic Women Share Their Stories of Courage.Copyright © 1973 Ronda Chervin
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