Imagine you have been walking on a path for hours. Your parents lead you on the path, they said it was the right way to go. You do it, because they told you to, and now it’s just a comfortable feeling, but all you’re really doing is placing one foot in front of the other. Now imagine you’ve stopped, and are now looking behind you, into your past. Where have you actually been? This is how I’ve felt about my early years as a Catholic.
Sometimes cradle Catholics take for granted their faith. I can say that, because I am one, and I have definitely taken it for granted. Now I’m embarking on a journey I’ve essentially already been on this whole time, and I’ve seen new light! Think of it in terms of the walking path above. Now I see the path is made of small gravel, not dirt. There’s a beautiful song bird who has been following me this whole time I couldn’t hear until now, Each tree I pass was put there for a reason, and the sky above me is keeping warm. There is so much about this path, about my faith, I’ve yet to discover, and I love every minute!
The faith is becoming easier for me to understand, but the mass is still full of so many hidden gems. We attend our 8am mass (usually) at our beautiful church and this mass is the only time I’ve ever heard this prayer… the Anima Christi.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds conceal me. Do not permit me to be parted from you. From the evil foe protect me. At the hour of my death call me. And bid me come to you, to praise you with all your saints forever and ever. Amen.
This is a prayer to be said after receiving the Eucharist. Now read through each sentence, and realize what does it mean to fully accept Christ in your body. I used to take this for granted, and sometimes with little ones in church I don’t feel as though I’m getting to praise His presence in me in a way He deserves. Say this prayer thoughtfully next time you kneel to pray after Communion.