June 20, 2022 Opening of the Eucharistic Revival Reflection by Sister Rita Marie, SsEW The USCCB has asked for a nation-wide Eucharistic Revival to educate about Our Lord’s Eucharistic Presence, and to foster greater devotion. Please look to see what your diocese is planning, how you can participate, and most of all to pray for this intention! All Pictures are from the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama‘s Facebook page Yesterday, our Community was prevented – by a bout of COVID – from being present at the Forty Hours Devotions at our Cathedral of Saint Paul, that marked the beginning of the three years’ Eucharistic Revival in our diocese, so I was only able to be present in spirit. Thanks to the live-streaming, I was able to see the devotions as they were taking place and even revisit them after they were posted. It has been such a blessing for me to see the love for Our Lord expressed by the beautiful altar, ceremonies, adoration, liturgy, music, procession, and the sincere devotion of those who had the good fortune to participate! The blessing of witnessing Our Lord being loved was joy for my soul and I can only imagine what it must have been for all who were actually present. Moments like this should be cherished because it does the soul good to see Our Lord loved like this! It renews our belief that Our Lord Jesus, truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, is the source and summit of our faith! His love for us, particularly in this sacrament, never fails. He is truly with us! Our diocese celebrated and rejoiced in Our Lord’s presence among us, and shared that joy with those in the city of Birmingham. We processed with Him in the streets witnessing to all, to see “Him whom our hearts love”! We brought Jesus to others so they too could experience His love. What a great beginning! For all who were involved in this Eucharistic Revival beginning, you have no idea what the Lord has prepared “for those who love Him” so much! I can hardly wait for what is coming next.