"Strengthened Anew at Every Eucharist
Finally, St Faustina learned that we do not walk the way of spiritual childhood by our own strength. Jesus Himself is living in us and through us, if we let Him. In fact, Jesus comes to make our hearts His dwelling place at every Holy Eucharist. In a sense, the Christ Child is born anew in our hearts at every Eucharist. Many times, the Child Jesus revealed to St Faustina His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.
She writes of a Mass celebrated by her spiritual director, Fr Joseph Andrasz, SJ: " … I saw the Infant Jesus who, with hands outstretched toward us, was sitting in the chalice being used at Holy Mass. After gazing at me penetratingly, He spoke these words: ‘As you see Me in this chalice, so I dwell in your heart’" (Diary, 1346). The little jesus is instructing St Faustina that, through His Eucharistic Presence, He dwells in her heart as the source of her strength.
Even as the Infant Jesus strengthened her in the Eucharist, His abiding presence also filled her heart with great joy. Her desire grew for Him alone as the greatest treasure of all. She writes of February 2, 1936, “… when Mass began, a strange silence and joy filled my heart. Just then, I saw Our Lady with the Infant Jesus … The most holy Mother said to me, ‘Take my Dearest Treasure’, and she handed me the Infant Jesus. When I took the Infant Jesus in my arms, the Mother of God and St Joseph disappeared. I was left alone with the Infant Jesus” (Diary, 608).
Thus, the little Jesus became everything to St Faustina as she attended Mass and then received Him in Holy Communion. May we, too, grow to appreciate the Christ Child as our dearest treasure at Holy Mass this Christmas and throughout the rest of the year, He is truly Emmanuel, God-with-us – the gift beyond all telling."