As Eucharistic ministers in a hospital setting, it could be easy to assume that the volunteers would look like the most haggard, stressed out, and joyless group of people walking the floors. However, this has not been my experience.
Arriving by 9:30 a.m. at the hospital on a Sunday after having participated in holy mass and receiving the holy Eucharist, I experience a heightened sense of well-being, peace, and joy. O what a joy, to be able to provide the best sustenance ever, the most holy Eucharist, to the sick, those in pain, the lonely, those experiencing anxiety or fear, and even those who are already mourning the loss of a loved one! Why such joy, one could ask? Because joy is contagious and even during pain and suffering people share in my joy and I in theirs as they receive the holy Eucharist from me. Now in holy communion, we are joyfully prepared and at peace for whatsoever Jesus may have in store for us!
In my case, with the help of our MTA of Schoenstatt with whom I have sealed a covenant of love, I continue this joyfully even after fifteen years. I made my life consecration as a member of the single professional women’s league in Corpus Christi, Texas. Of course, as a single lady, I find myself with more time and can independently make my decisions. Yet I always ask for our MTA’s intercession with her Son who is at all times tangibly there for me!
Mina Valdez, PhD