I am not defined by my major, my IQ, the person I’m dating, my GPA, or the number on the scale. I am defined by Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
I’m so glad I picked Ave Maria.
So as you all know by now, Tropical Storm Isaac is heading my way and expected to be bad enough (which isn’t very bad) that we won’t have class on Monday. All events for today have also been cancelled or postponed (such as a music major meeting I was supposed to have tonight and my choir audition), and because of Isaac’s ETA, the 7pm Mass was cancelled. That meant that only the 7am and the 10am Masses were left.
Despite the fact that almost everyone moved in yesterday and it was storming already and we’re college students who don’t like to wake up early, the Oratory was literally to the brim with faithful Catholics. I knew that all of the pews were full, as I was toward the back and couldn’t hardly see anything because there were so many bodies in front of me. On the weekends, we tend to have Eucharistic Ministers at the front of the Oratory, in the middle, and in the back. My roommates and I were far enough back that we had to receive in the back of the Oratory, which was the first time I’d turned around since I walked in five minutes early.
There was not a single spot left available. People were standing around the sites, and the entry way was overflowing with worshippers.
I was so incredibly moved, I was almost in tears as I received the Eucharist. It was one of those moments that made me so proud to be Catholic.
(quote is not verbatim) (via firerainingdown)
I then said, in a very shaky voice, Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it.
That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable. Flannery O’Connor on the Eucharist (via keeperofkeys-)
Please stop restricting the pictures that show up on Tumblr!
I can accept some of them, but when it’s a picture of Jesus or Mary or the saints or the Eucharist, I find it terribly annoying.
Second attempt: the internet went down when I tried to post this the first time.
They’re watching me.
Hey, who’s that guy in the second row of the church beaming?
Right, that’s my best friend. He just received the Eucharist for the first time.
What a wonderful Easter Vigil.