It’s one of the toughest struggles, especially for a young person seeking to do the will of God in their lives, to adequately discern a religious vocation while desiring to date. I tried to walk that line in college and failed more than a few times, hurting several friends in the process.
“The Eucharist,” the Catechism says, “is the source and summit of Christian life.” And rightfully so! For in the Blessed Sacrament, we encounter Christ himself.
Truth be told, the answers came easily and quickly. I was reminded that I am very much a work in progress, and that there have been times when I’ve been a better vessel of joy. Times I can look back on and strive to replicate.
I married a wonderful woman. She’s beautiful, hilarious, generous, and incredibly strong. (I’ve watched her give birth. Trust me, she’s strong.) The longer I’m married to her, the more I realise how lucky I am to have her.
Confession allows us to draw near to the Father with trust to have the certainty of his forgiveness. God created us without us: but he did not will to save us without us.
The crucifix reminds us of the indispensable fact that we have been bought with a price, once for all. Christ has died for our sins. It is finished. But the crucifix is not only a sign of His death; it also a sign of the Life won by His death. It is a sign of sacrifice for it proclaims the severe price that Christ paid for us; but it is also a sign of hope for it proclaims that we have indeed been bought.
Not much could be added to the forceful recommendations of the saints and Doctors of the Church concerning prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Then again you may very well be convinced of the power and beauty of this practice already - from personal experience.