December 4, 2016

She Saw Him Standing There

While in the Air Force during the early 1950s, Helen made it a practice of going to daily Mass. In military service, however, opportunities to succumb to temptation and worldly pleasures were abundant. She began to regret how she was acting and to see that it was wrong.

Then she was discharged and returned home. One morning, she was at Mass, at the parish church of her childhood. She was upset at the offense she had caused Jesus and vowed that she would remain loyal to Him in the future.

She went forward to receive Communion. As she stood in front of the priest, she “saw Jesus standing there with His precious body and blood, offering them to me.” She understood that her past sins were forgiven and she was back in His graces again. The relief for her was overwhelming.

She wrote of this event in 2004. 50 years later, it still remained fresh in her mind. During Communion, her thoughts still would return to that singular moment that made such an indelible impression on her.

Source: Proctor, Sister Patricia, O.S.C., 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, Francisan Monastery of Saint Clare, 2004) p. 15-16.


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