“I am at present an exile from the tabernacle, and I hunger for Jesus in the Eucharist. Will I be able to go on Sunday to tell him my joy in the Resurrection and renew my offering?” —Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur

Elisabeth Leseur, whose atheist husband became a Catholic priest after reading her spiritual diaries after her death, expresses a longing to be near to Jesus, present in the Eucharist in the tabernacle. Often Elisabeth’s sickness kept her from Mass, and it was a great pain to her. She so loved the Eucharist that, one day after receiving Communion, she had a little vision thinking of three tabernacles in which Jesus dwells. First, he resides in the tabernacle of his glory, in the depths of heaven, at the heart of the sublime Trinity. Second, he dwells in the Eucharist, in the tabernacle of love, for he veils himself in the Eucharist for us. Finally, he dwells in our inner depths, where he lives as the soul’s guest and friend.


Lord Jesus, may I delight in contemplating your three tabernacles: heaven above, the Eucharist, and the soul’s inner depths. Give us Eucharistic hearts that we might long to be united to you. Amen.


O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

-Collect for the Feast of Corpus Christi, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas