Last updated on May 15, 2021
It would be easier for the earth to live without the sun than without Holy Mass.
–St. Pio of Pietrelcina
The front wall of my classroom held St. Pio’s words in a clear view of my students. From time to time we would spend a minute or two in silence looking at them. I would sit with my class and silently ask the Holy Spirit to speak to us. There was no need to give a lesson on the saint’s profound thought. My students knew all about St. Pio, his love of God, and his trials and the point of his radical analogy. Letting his words trickle through us in silence allowed Jesus to do whatever he wanted to.
Each of us can turn to Christ in a moment of silence, calming the restlessness of our thoughts to listen to our Lord’s words to His disciples:
“Let me solemnly assure you; if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you.” (John 6:52-55.)
Because they flow from the Eternal Word made flesh they have the capacity to melt our heart. As the melting unfolds we will find that the love and happiness we never stop searching for is satisfied, drawing us toward the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to feed on the Bread of Angels and drink from the Cup of everlasting peace. Our lives will live more and more within the radius of the Eucharist because without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we would not exist.