by Kainoa Fukumoto
Whispering is an intimate action. Recently, I was in adoration and I found myself whispering the words to the Anima Christi, a prayer I often say during adoration or after receiving communion. As I gazed intently upon the monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament, I whispered slowly and deliberately, "Soul of Christ, sanctify me." I continued praying every word and phrase in the same manner.
A thought entered my mind. Whispering is an intimate action. We often whisper when we want to communicate something to someone without being heard by others. Friends and lovers often whisper to each other secrets. Whispering is an intentional act that requires us to move closer, sometimes very close, to the person we desire to speak with.
In our prayer, do we "whisper" to our God who draws near to us everytime we call upon Him? Does our heart desire to move deeply and closely to Him? Do we reveal our deepest, perhaps even darkest, secrets to Him and not just trust Him to keep it, but transform it?
This month, we align our faith sharings with the Sunday Gospel readings on the Bread of Life. There is no action more intimate than receiving Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. But for many of us who are unable to receive Holy Communion daily, perhaps challenge yourself to "whisper" to God in your daily prayer life, and may that prayer lead you more deeply and intimately in Christ.