My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for May 15, 2021

Since ordination in 1956, I have spent one-third of my priesthood in administration on the national or diocesan level and two-thirds of it in parish ministry. Just as the Eucharist and eucharistic people were so influential in leading me to the altar, I credit those same factors for the fact that I am still an active priest today.

Extended prayer before the reserved Presence on a regular basis, ideally each day, but actually about 90% of the time, has been an essential lifeline. While I have been blessed with enormous successes, accomplishments, and recognition, there have been a balancing amount of weaknesses and wounds, poor choices and burdensome crosses. I don't think I would have survived spiritually without that kind of ongoing, extensive prayerful reflection.

The development of a Perpetual Adoration Chapel in our parish with 400 lay people spending an hour each week before the exposed sacrament fits nicely into that pattern. When you enter the chapel for a period of prayer at least one parishioner will always be there. That encourages me; I presume my presence heartens them.

Emmanuel Magazine - January/February 1994
Monsignor Joseph M. Champlin


Reprinted with permission from Witness Ministries, a lay apostolate dedicated to renewing appreciation for the Mass as the greatest gift which God has given to His beloved spouse, the Church. Their mission is to show how, in the Eucharistic Liturgy, Jesus renews and transforms us–and the world–in His life and love. Their published titles include:

· My Daily Eucharist
· My Daily Eucharist II
· The Mass
· Eucharist God Among Us
· Feast of Faith
· Dying to Live

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