Yesterday, May 25, my Society celebrated the feast of its founder – Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat and today, throughout the Church w celebrate Corpus Christi, which is a reminder of the incredible mystery that God has left Himself under the appearance of bread and wine. For me, these two holidays fit in with each other nicely this year, because they reminded me of the fact that Madeleine Sophie was brought up in Jansenist France. One of the characteristics of this sect was a very rigorous approach to receiving Holy Communion – it was extremely rare, proceeded by a long process of preparations and penance. No wonder that it took Sophie many years to understand the truth that God is love and wants us to continually strengthen ourselves with His Body. But when she understood, she could not live without this truth and she could not keep it from the world. I think today she would agree with the words of bishop Ryś: “The Eucharist is not a prize for being healthy, but a cure for sickness.”
In addition, today we celebrate Mother’s Day – the memory of those who gave us life, without whom God’s plan could not become a reality and who fed us during the first months and years. Today we can see the Eucharistic Jesus in a special way, as a mother who feeds, who keeps us alive. Perhaps today is a good day to recall the words of Jesus: “I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (John 6: 53) and thank God, that we live in a world in which the life-giving food is at our fingertips, available daily.