O Sacrament most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving,
Be every moment Thine.
My dear Madeline, yesterday was the happiest and most important day of your spiritual life! Congratulations on making your First Communion. And remember this: As beautiful as the day was, your second, third, fourth, twentieth, hundredth, and beyond Communions are as special and as profound as the very first.
I have so many hopes and dreams for you. I hope you will have good health and heaps of happiness. I hope that if it is your desire as it was mine that you will someday be a wife and a mother, especially since you are so nurturing and such a relational person. I hope you will find a husband worthy of you. I hope you will lead a fun life and will set out, like our beloved Miss Rumphius,to make the world a better place. But above all, I hope you will continue to feast at the Lord’s table and know how much He loves you and wants you in His life.
Yesterday clothed in white you looked like a princess. But even when life is not ball and you don’t feel like you look the part, you are always God’s beloved princess. You are my princess, too.
Be kind. Be faithful. Be grateful. Seek joy. Seek Him. And you will have your happily ever after.
I love you, Madeline!
Blessings Today and Always,
Now a word from Jesus:
When your friends go away, you often give them a gift or a keepsake to remember them by; when I returned to heaven, I left you my very self to remember me by. When you are separated from friends for extended periods, you occasionally make yourself present to them through letters and calls and emails; while I am reigning in heaven, I stay with you all the time in the Tabernacle. You may think that my love is kind of generic, because the Eucharist is so simple and ordinary, and because everyone gets the same kind of host. But that’s not how it is at all. I am fully present in every host. And each one of you receives me personally, from the hands of the priest, one-on-one. And don’t forget that I am God, so nothing limits my love – not time, not space, not tiredness, not bad moods, nothing: I love you as if you alone were lovable. When I come to you in Holy Communion, and when I wait for you in the Tabernacle, all my thought and all my desire is focused on you. I know it’s hard for you to understand this, but it’s true. Think about me waiting for you there in the Tabernacle, interceding for you, offering myself for you at every moment. For you. You never have to doubt my love again.
~Excerpted from The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer
A special thanks to Catholic Family Gifts for generously giving Madeline the beautiful veil she wore on her special day.