I wanted to mention that on day two we visited the catacombs. This visit was particularly inspiring for me being so far from home. We celebrated Holy Mass in one of the catacombs and the homilist mentioned how wonderful it is to be united to the whole of the Church whenever we celebrate this extraordinary feast.
God allows us, through the work of the Holy Spirit, to be suspended in time itself and brought back to the reality of the cross where Christ made the ultimate sacrifice. We can imagine that beside the altar stand Mary and John the beloved who never left Jesus’ side even until death. Moreover, we can recognize how immanent God is in the ordinary workings of our everyday lives. Jesus, especially when approached in the Blessed Sacrament, unites us with everyone that has come before us, those in purgatory, those in Heaven, and most especially for me, those at home. Through my reception of the Eucharist I am once again reunited to my family back home, and what a comfort that is! Traveling can be difficult, but the mystery of the Eucharist makes familial ties palpable regardless of space and time because we tangibly receive the One who brings us together, the Head of whom we are the members!
Please continue to pray for me!