Finding Rest

I entered the dimly lit Church, my four and five-year-old sons in hand with a tote on my arm full of children’s saint books and bible stories. We took a seat in the front pew and settled in for our time of prayer. There on the altar, Jesus in unexplainable beauty and incomparable humility. God made Man, the Second Person of the Trinity, our Savior and Lord. The Bread of Life, the Lord of Hosts present in the Monstrance.

My sons began looking through their prayer books as I opened mine. Soon their heads were on my shoulders as their eyes grew heavy and they began to fall asleep. Silence, stillness and overwhelming peace as we sat before Jesus. As they rested on me, I prayed that Christ would shine his incredible love, healing and protection on them. After an hour we would go home until the following week. I miss those days of beautiful time in adoration. Now taking my children to adoration looks much differently with six of them, including a baby and a three-year-old. Nothing is silent or still.

Catholics in the United States are currently in the beginning phase of a National Eucharistic Revival, having launched in June of 2022. The Bishops of the United States have sponsored the three-year initiative, with the hope of forming, healing, converting and uniting a hurting and hungry world through a renewed encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist. The revival is broken into three parts: Year of Diocesan Revival 2022-2023, Year of Parish Revival 2023-2024 and Year of the Eucharistic Congress and Missionary Sending 2024-2025.

All centered on the Eucharist as the source and summit of our Catholic faith. The revival has four main goals, to have a more profound encounter with Jesus in the Sunday liturgy. To spark conversions through encountering the love of God present in the Eucharist. To elevate the truth of the faith through the rediscovery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. To form and inspire missionary disciples to the margins of the Church and world.

We live in a fast-paced society, the next, newest, greatest and latest. We find ourselves double-booking, multi-tasking and over-scheduling. In a world that is tired, hungry, burnt out and unraveling the answer is Christ. Hidden from popular culture, there in our Churches is the Eucharist. Jesus, waiting for our visit, waiting for our time and waiting to just love us right where we are. Some may wonder what to say or what to do in adoration and the answer is to simply be. To sit and be present, allowing his love and grace to pour over you. To sit and rest, allowing his peace and mercy to fill you.

During Relevant Radio’s Give from the Heart Pledge Drive, there is a beautiful premium being offered to remind us of God’s glorious presence in the Eucharist. A rustic pillow featuring a Monstrance and the words “Come to me…I will give you rest.” A great way to bring both comfort and encouragement into your home and to serve as a reminder to your family and friends that our strength and hope can be found in Christ, there in the Eucharist.

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Mt 11:28

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Cassie Everts serves as Contributing Writer at Relevant Radio. She is a wife, mother, author and speaker. She is the co-author of Nursery of Heaven and blogs at Everyday Ann. She holds degrees in Theology and Communication Arts from Franciscan University of Steubenville.