With the special focus on the Eucharistic Revival, each of us are being challenged to live as a Eucharistic people. The examination of what that means to each of us personally can open windows of self-awareness and a better understanding of our mission as Christians.
Here’s one take . . . To be a Eucharistic people means that we are called to be living signs of a loving God. But how does this take shape in our daily lives? Are we fulfilling this call?
The collection of articles and essays in this issue of the magazine follows a common thread that might inspire our consideration. Though focused on a variety of subjects, a central message underscores the importance of being present to the people we encounter each day; to give of our time and attention in special ways to those who may be hurting or lonely or in need; to engage in acts of kindness that are neither requested or made known to others.
Most people juggle many responsibilities and sometimes merely getting through the day is a Herculean feat. But, just checking the boxes on our very full calendars – day after day – should prompt us to take a clear-eyed look at whether we are really being present to the people in our lives.
Here are just a few pieces in the July issue of The Monitor Magazine that may offer some helpful perspectives:
In his column on World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Bishop O’Connell encourages each of us to find ways to reach out to the elders of our family or in our neighborhood, offering companionship, assistance, prayers… P8
This month’s Viewpoints column examines the topic of ‘Thoughts and prayers’: What good are they? Once we offer Thoughts and Prayers, are we taking any action to back that up? . . . P16
This month’s Faith at Home reminds us that we need a vacation . . . but we should consider what we are vacationing from. The columnist suggests that unplugging from our digital distractions may free us to focus on relationships, saying “Nothing can replace the love someone receives when you give them quality time.” . . . P35
This is the parish phase of the Eucharistic Revival, but our identity in the Eucharist does not begin and end at the threshold of our church. We wish all of our readers a fruitful time of reflection and action as they find new and impactful ways to be living signs of a loving God.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer!