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Thank God always for the happiness and beauty of life - it is beautiful.
Venerable Mary Potter's Last Words.

God comes to us - Sr Marie Therese West LCM

God comes to us

As I reflect back over my life I have begun to realise the centre of my LCM Charism is the Eucharist. From a young age I would attend Mass during the week if at all possible. This meant a 20 minute walk to a tram and 20 minute ride to the church. Then to do the reverse, home for breakfast before doing the same back to school.

Entering the Little Company of Mary this devotion to the Eucharist deepened as I reflected more and more on the Calvary scene and, through her writings, how this had influenced Ven. Mary Potter. Today, having been blest with many influences and experiences from some wonderful people, the Mass forms the centre of my life. Here is the Risen Christ, who suffers no longer in his physical body, but in the Body that is the Church, as Pauline theology teaches. Paul grew to know the evolving Christ within his own body, as Mary Potter did, her motto being, ”I live now not I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20).

There is no time or space with God so the Mass is the one eternal offering of Jesus at the Last Suffer and on the cross for us, particularly for the suffering of our world. It truly is the eternal ”hymn of the universe”. The priest says, ”this is my body”, but my body is all of us gathered as the Mystical Body, so that the “my” extends through the whole of creation. Here the Precious Blood is poured out, a broken body for a broken world. All are invited to this banquet of love.

Mary Potter had great devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus as we find in her numerous writings, and she believed in its power to change the minds and hearts of people, particularly the dying. So here in the moment of God’s embrace, the touch, the kiss, I hold the suffering of all humanity, and pray the mystery may enfold them. As I leave the church I do not leave behind the charism, but united to all the Masses offered throughout the world this day, I continue my stand in the company of Mary at the foot of the cross.

In haunting still breathlessness
The Word pierces the cosmos.
The Word becomes flesh.
Upon our altars still
The Word becomes flesh.
In the womb of Mary
On the cross
In a piece of bread
God comes to us
To love
To comfort
To suffer with us
To carry the mission of God’s love
In a broken, wounded world.

Marie Therese West LCM