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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for February 19, 2018

Sister Briege (McKenna) tells of a healing involving an eighteen-year-old girl who had been abandoned on the streets when she was seven. The girl was a prostitute, a heroin addict, and was going blind. She was as hard and bitter a young person as you can possibly imagine.

Some people who wanted to help this girl brought her to a Mass where Sister Briege would be speaking.

"She didn't want to be in the church," says Sister Briege. "She thought we were a pack of hypocrites. She didn't listen to a word I said or a word the priest said. But suddenly she began crying–the first time she had cried since she was thirteen--and she couldn't stop.

"When she was walking out the door she said, 'O God, I wish I could believe.' At that moment she had her sight back. She was freed from the heroin as well and never had a moment's withdrawal.

When I saw her later she said, 'I know what happened. At the moment Christ came, when the bread and wine changed into Jesus, I was changed.'"

This is the power, the reality, the healing love, that is offered to each one of us every time we take part in the Eucharist. A priest who is a friend of mine once told me about a woman who had said to him, "I am not a Catholic. But if I believed what you Catholics say you believe about the Mass, I would crawl on my knees to be there every day."

Healing: God's Work Among Us
John Bertolucci

Acknowledgement

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

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