I was recently introduced to the book The Father Speaks to His Children, a record of the messages received by Mother Eugenia, Elisabetta Ravasio, (1907-90), Superior General of the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles. The messages were dictated to Mother Eugenia in Latin – a language Mother Eugenia did not comprehend – in 1932 by God the Father – the only approved private revelation made personally by God the Father.
The essence of The Father’s message is summed up in the following quote:
I assure you, you do not know Me as I am, because I am coming to proclaim Myself the Father of all and the most tender of fathers, in order to transform your love, which has become distorted by fear. I come to make Myself similar to My creatures, to correct the idea you have of a terrifyingly just God, as I see men spending their whole lives without confiding in their only Father.
Of particular interest to me is another quotation referring to the Holy Eucharist:
To some souls, the words “I am coming into you” will seem a mystery! Because, having instructed My Son to institute the Holy Eucharist, I intended to come to you every time you receive the Sacred Host!
Of course, nothing prevented me from coming to you even before the Eucharist, as nothing is impossible to Me! But receiving this Sacrament is an action that is easy to understand and it shows how I come to you!
When I am in you, I can more easily give you what I possess, provided you ask Me for it.1 Through this Sacrament you are intimately united with Me. It is in this intimacy that the outpouring of My love makes My holiness spread into your souls.
I fill you with my love, then you have only to ask Me for the virtues and perfection you need and you can be sure that in those moments when God is reposing in His creatures, nothing will be refused you.
1 Understood, but not stated: provided it is in accord with My Will. DM
Having received Jesus in Holy Communion, who should we be focusing on? Some years ago it was the subject of a discussion in which it was suggested that as we have received the glorified Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ – the incarnate Son of God, our focus should be on Him alone with the implication that it would not be right to focus on the Father. This has remained with me. However, being aware that Jesus is personally God, that God is a Trinity of Persons, each distinct, but never separate – why should we not include the Father in any expression of love and gratitude? Now I have my answer from our loving Father. Nor can we exclude the Holy Spirit.
Mother Eugenia was a remarkable woman and I was prompted to research her interesting life story, which you can read here.