The Holy Eucharist is our most treasured gift of the Church. It is the source and summit of our Christian life and stands above all else. As Advent begins, we wait anxiously for the coming of Jesus. Let us remember that Jesus is truly with us at every Mass in the Holy Eucharist. We receive Him and all the graces He bestows upon us. The Holy Eucharist is a gift of the Church and a gift to you.
The Catholic Church has a gift in the religious communities of women and men. Members take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and devote their lives to God, dividing their time between private prayer, communal worship, and service. Each active religious community has a particular mission for which it was founded, such as education, care for the sick to missionary work. Contemplative religious devote themselves entirely to private prayer, and cloistered contemplative sisters and brothers live apart from the rest of the world. Religious Brothers and Sisters are a gift of the Church and gift to you.