Dr. Chris Wroe
The Eucharist feeds my soul, bringing the peace and joy of Christ into my heart. It is Jesus' body and blood, uniting me to Him in the most intimate way. His love is seen in each Eucharistic host, reminding us of His sacrifice for us, dying upon a cross.
I was a helper on pilgrimages to Lourdes and witnessed amazing transformations through the Eucharist. Miracles happen. My mother was dying so she received Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion. After the priest left, she woke up and was very much alive! If we doubt the power of the Eucharist then we are doubting the power of Jesus.
I love Mass because it takes me to the Last Supper and reminds me of how much Jesus loves me (and all of us). The readings remind me of how His presence was foretold and how God never deceives us. The presence of other people during Mass reminds me we are one Church, the bride of Christ and God's children. The presence of others in the Mass also reminds me of the good people who have died – some martyrs for the faith – and others who did what they could to share their faith throughout their lives. In the Eucharist we come together as one Church to be the one Body that is Christ within our world. He lives through us.
Missing Mass leaves me empty and less prepared to face whatever challenges may come my way. Jesus wants us to know Him as friend and Savior. It begins with prayer – a conversation – and taking holy Communion, allowing Him into our very being.
Adoration is my private time with Jesus and when I am most at peace in His presence. I set my attention upon Him. In my heart I listen to whatever thoughts He gives to me. I try to empty my thoughts of what is going on in my life but sometimes I need to bring these to His attention. He is my best friend, so sometimes I want to listen and sometimes I need to speak.