One of the chief differences between the saints and ourselves is that when things go wrong, the saints take it for granted that God is treating them lovingly and wisely; we on the other hand, jump to the conclusion that God either does not mind what happens to us or is handing out a punishment. Sanctity always gives God the benefit of the doubt. In fact, it gives him the benefit of a certainty: He cannot go wrong; he has a plan; he never stops loving.
—Dom Hubert van Zeller-from Love Never Fails

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Deepening the Passage of Baptism – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

In and through the celebration of the Eucharist, Jesus’ death and resurrection  become a reality for us here and now.  As we eat and drink from the Body and Blood of Christ, our mortal bodies become united with the risen Christ.  Thus our deaths, like Jesus’ death, means not destruction but passage to new life.

In this way the Eucharist deepens and strengthens in us the passage that we first made through baptism.  The Eucharist is the sacrament that allows us to appropriate fully our baptismal grace.

For further reflection…

“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all humans.” – I Corinthians 15: 12, 19 (NIV)

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