Thursday, January 4


1 John 3:7–10


On March 25, 1805, Elizabeth Ann Seton wrote a letter to Amabilia Filicchi describing her feelings after her first Communion: “At last, Amabilia, at last, God is mine and I am his. Now let all earthly things go as they will. I have received him.” For Elizabeth, joining the Catholic Church and receiving the Eucharist meant finding the place where she received new life, a place where she belonged, a resting place. The letter expresses an amazing confidence in Divine Providence, a joy at becoming Catholic and a readiness to face any difficulties that may come. She admirably concludes, “At all events, happen now what will, I rest in God.”


Precious Savior, we implore you not to depart from us or abandon us. Our souls long for you, the Source of Living Water. Time passes, and before we know it our earthly journey will come to an end. We entrust our souls to you, both now and for eternity. Amen.


In honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s devotion to the Eucharist, spend fifteen minutes today in quiet prayer before a tabernacle or in Eucharistic adoration.

We look forward to continuing this journey with you tomorrow.