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He Grieves that he was
so long without God:

Too late did I love You, O Fairness, so ancient, and yet so new! Too late did I love you! for behold, You were within, and I without, and there did I seek you; I, unlovely, rushed heedlessly amoung the things of beauty You made. You were with me, but I was not with You. Those things kept me far from You, which, unless they were in you, were not. You called, and cried aloud, and forced open my deafness. You gleamed and shine, and chase away my blindness. You exhaled odours, and I drew in my breath and do pant after You. I tasted, and do hunger and thirst. You touch me, and I burned for Your peace. Excerpted from "Confessions" by St. Augustine, Book 10



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Beginnings

I remember as a child seeing our Lord in the Monstrance for the first time. It was at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri. It was my second parish. Our families first was Our Lady of Lourdes in Raytown, Missouri. There I remember the Priest facing front and it was there at only the age of three I remember seeing the outline of an angel between the spaces of the words in the Missal.

But, it was at St. Mark’s that I made my First Communion and it was there that Monstrance was impressed on my memory. I remember my mother telling us we were going to go to Church to pray. I am not sure how old I was or what day of the week it was. I just remember that it was an out-of-the-ordinary time to go to Church and then when we got there, I don’t remember anything except seeing the Monstrance on the altar. I don’t remember what I know now to be a Benediction service, or even seeing a Priest. I only remember the image of the Monstrance on the altar. It would be many years later before I would see the Monstrance, again, to remind me of the day my mother took us to pray.

My Catholic youth was spiritual as it could be for what I was taught. Even when I was a little girl, I loved the Mass. Somewhere along the way I had learned that the Catholic Church was the true Church and that it had been the only Christian religion for 1,500 years. Along the way, my parents taught me all the standard Catholic prayers and along the way I knew I had a guardian angel watching over me. The common photo that you see of the boy and girl crossing the bridge with the guardian angel watching over them, was probably one of the key sources of my security and faith as a child.

I remember that when I was a candidate for Confirmation that I was going to be a “Soldier of Christ”. Today, although, I don’t see that term in the catechism materials I use to teach 8th graders in preparation for their Confirmation, I am making sure they know the title, because maybe since it meant something to me, it will mean something to them.

I liked science fiction when I was growing up and stories about the end of the world. My mother had a little blue book about the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima that I would read and it fascinated me, because in it Our Lady told the children at Fatima about the future and how they should pray and sacrifice for the conversion of Russia. This would be known as the "Blue Army". But, every country had to have a number of faithful praying for this cause. I wandered how we could get people in every country to be in Blue Army so Russia would be converted. I wanted to be in the Blue Army but at a young age, wasn't sure how to go about it and it seemed like a big responsibility.

When I was 15, I bought the book, The Late Great Planet Earth at the mall, because it sounded like a combination of the two genres. Little did I know that it was fiction, (i.e.; "the Rapture") about what in the author's opinion would happen to Christians and non-Christians before the end of the world. All I know is that by reading it, I came to understand in my heart more deeply that Christ loved me. I fell deeply in love with Him. However, it also made me scared for my own salvation. Not knowing that there wasn’t any such thing as "the Rapture", I did not want to be "left behind". The Holy Spirit did give me the wisdom to know that when I got to the part in the book about the anti-Christ being the Pope, that it wasn’t true. So, I threw the book away. I knew that Christ had found the Church on Peter, who was our first Pope. But, I did not know that the Rapture was a false doctrine, and so for the next 15 years of my life I worried about being ready in case Jesus came back again. I cannot say that this "worrying" was at all beneficial to my soul, because it took my intellect and will off prayer and onto looking for signs of an anti-Christ, etc.

Although the book instilled the fear of something that isn't true; the Rapture, the love that came into my heart for Jesus because of the book (awareness of what He had done for us) made me long to be with him in Heaven. But that seemed so long away, since I had to die first. I did not know about Adoration. I did not know that Jesus exposed in the Monstrance was the source or way for me to be with Jesus here on earth. I knew he was with me when I received him at Holy Communion and as my mother had taught me, that I get graces from Communion, but I did not know that I could go and spend time alone with Him before I died and went to heaven in what is known as an "Adoration chapel". Because, that day my mother took us to Church to worship the Lord in the Monstrance on that out-of-the-ordinary-Church-day, I did not know that it was the Lord sitting on the altar. Because I did not know, is one reason I did not know how to love Him.

So, when at the age of 43 a boyfriend sponsored me for a Cursillo weekend, my life has not been the same since. Because it was at Cursillo on October 9, 2003, that I found out about Adoration and what the Monstrance was. It was at 2:30 in the morning on October 10, 2003 that I found out about God’s “ocean of mercy” as I went down to the special Adoration chapel that had constructed and prayed and was prayed over by the women there that has volunteered to keep the Lord company during the weekend. I couldn’t sleep that night, even though I had taken some allergy medicine. The girls keeping watch, Jennifer and Anna, told me Christ had called me down there. They prayed to the Divine Mercy Chaplet in song from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. It was beautiful. I had never heard the chaplet before that weekend, either. In the chapel, I found out that night, because of Adoration, that I did not have to die to be with the Lord, that he is here on earth in the Monstrance waiting for me. And so the joy I never had for life and thought I could only have in death, came to be. I received lots of Graces that night that were manifested immediately to me a mystical way and others that continually work to carry me through my Christian life.

I had taken my statue of St. Therese, "the Little Flower", down with me to the chapel. I had received it on my First Communion. Anna told me the next day that after I had left the chapel, they had seen the face of St. Therese in the Blessed Host. So, of course, I ran down to the chapel to see if I could see her too. But, of course, it doesn’t work that way. They told one of the other girls they had also seen St. Padre Pio. Turns out this other Cursillista’s mother had been praying to St. Padre Pio for her all weekend and at the same time her mother had touched the Relic at home, St. Padre Pio's face was seen in the Body of Christ.

For me, understanding now that Christ is here present on earth and I can go visit him at anytime has brought great joy. Christ has been all I need. My One True Love. He has never let me down like most of the men in my life. He leads me beside still waters and restoreth my soul. He comforts me. He is my King and his Kingdom is not only in Heaven, but through the Sacraments, also, truly and substaintially present here on earth. So, we have to get the word out to all people that Christ is present here on earth, now. They don’t need to be afraid of not being ready to die or dieing or that living a Eucharistic centered life is too hard, because He is Mercy and his love makes it easy. He loves us and wants our company and Adoration. It begins with conversion. My story is not unique. Conversion to His Sacred Heart will give all single people the love they are looking for. It is what I will do for God because I love Him that will show Him I love him, give Him the glory He deserves and then he will truely know me as His child when I come into His Kingdom.

Singles of the Eucharist came to mind while in Adoration just before Lent, 2005. It just popped into my head. The domain name was available, so that was the first step to launching the Apostolate. Charity calls us to let our neighbor know that Christ’s Kingdom is here, now, and that Christ has much to give us if we participate in it.

Please pray for this Apostolate. Please pray that singles will turn from worldy desires to one of communion with Christ and Adoration before Him. The Church needs to win more hearts for the kingdom and the single lay Faithful are just the ones to do it.

Peace in Christ,

Theresa Lynn

First fruits of the Apostolate
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