St. Angela Merici
Feast: January 27
- Published in Saints of the Month
Do you want the Eucharist to change your life? One of the most fruitful ways we can celebrate the Year of the Eucharist as the people of God is to look at the lives of the saints who have gone before us. Seeing how the Eucharist changed their lives offers a pattern for how it can change our lives.
The second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel relates the journey of the Magi, also known as wise men or kings. We celebrate this event on the solemnity of the Epiphany (January 3 this year).
Christians see the world differently. Many in our culture see life as an opportunity to define ourselves and live our dreams. In contrast, we Christians follow Jesus who “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).
It is common to begin a new year defining 12 resolutions that will help us to be better. As we celebrate the Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Seattle, I propose the following resolutions to benefit from this jubilee and grow even closer to the Eucharistic Jesus.
When I was young and somehow given the chance to stay home alone, I loved to sit in the quiet house and hear what I could hear. It was strange to me that even without my sisters playing or my great-grandmother’s television blaring, the house was not quiet. I could hear the hum of the refrigerator and the lull of the cars on the main street beyond ours — even our house crackled as it settled.