“The Holy Eucharist is the fount and apex of our entire Christian and Religious life, the center of communal life…the greatest privilege our faith gives us.” (Constitutions, 11)
The Mass is the source of all prayer and, in a way, the fulfillment of all prayer, since the Liturgy of the Church is a participation in the Liturgy of Heaven. All of Heaven is present at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the Divine Office is the song of the Church, in heaven and on earth, to her heavenly Bridegroom.
It naturally follows that the Liturgy is at the center of our religious life. Holy Mass is the vital source of all the charity carried out in our daily life, and the apex of our day, the intimate communion with our Spouse who increasingly purifies us and grants us the strength to do His work. The hours of the Divine Office give a rhythm to our life, a constant return to prayer that is then carried from one hour of the office to the next. This rhythm gives a balance that helps the Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus to recognize love as the total gift of self in every moment, in whatever way her Lord and Bridegroom calls her to love Him in that moment.
In the Liturgy, we are richly fed by the Body of Christ and by His Word. The beauty of the altar, the sacredness of the music, the reverence of our bearing and each gesture, all serve to lift our minds and hearts to God. We prepare all these things with reverence and love, knowing that this is not just a matter of receiving, but of giving. It is an encounter with the Beloved in which we find ourselves face to face with the all-holy One, who loves us enough to come to us in the humble forms of bread and wine. Thus, we most especially prepare ourselves, acknowledging our faults and being cleansed by His Blood in the Sacrament of Confession, and striving to live what we receive by fulfilling His command to love one another. The more we open ourselves to this meeting with the Heart of Christ in the Liturgy, and especially in Holy Communion, the more He is able to fill us with His grace and make our hearts like unto His. The more we are able, as well, to offer reparation to Him and console Him for the times His love is not returned.
“At this fountain of love, the most Holy Sacrament, our souls are refreshed and enkindled more and more with the fire of divine love. That love never rests, but ever sends forth new flames that consume itself in works of charity toward others!” (Bl. Maria Teresa of St. Joseph)