Sharing my Prayer Journal about the Eucharist

Heaven imagined

I’ve set a goal to have the book I’ve been writing for years published in 2023. I hope to name the book Down in Adoration Falling, a Guided Prayer Journal to Help Discover Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. It consists of my reflections on quotes about the Eucharist from the Bible, the Mass, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and the Saints.

I’d like to comment on some of those quotes here. I’m not sharing the same reflection that is in my book, for that would make it “published,” and publishers would no longer be interested in it.

St. Ambrose

 “The church is a miniature Heaven. Whosoever takes no delight in entering this little heaven on earth will not be admitted into the great Heaven above” (The Holy Eucharist Our All, 48).

As I look over this quote it seems to be negative: If you don’t spend time in church, God won’t let you into heaven. But it’s not God who makes that choice, we do.

I remember hearing from a few religion teachers that we are given the choice whether to go to heaven or hell.

It took me some time to understand what they meant because I couldn’t imagine anyone choosing hell over heaven.

We know that God gave us a free will; we can use our will to choose God or not. And it’s the same with the afterlife.

It’s as though we will continue to live our eternal life the same way we choose to live our earthly life.

If we never think of God here on earth, why would we choose to think of God in the afterlife?

Do you live your life separated from God because of your own choosing? What choices are you making now? Are they only choices to do what you want to do like sleep in on Sundays instead of worshipping God or looking at pornography instead of the Bible?

Or do you sometimes go against your will to help others, to learn about God’s love for you, to spend time alone with God?

We can choose to spend time with God in the Church where His living presence remains in the Eucharistic Host within the tabernacle, or not.

Spend quiet time sitting with God in the church. Let God speak to your heart. He only wants to tell you how much he loves you.

Choose now to become familiar with God so that you will choose Him in the afterlife.