Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis caelicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus, et humilis.
Te trina Deitas
unaque poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.

A hymn in chant of such incredible beauty, Panis Angelicus is translated as “The Bread of Angels.”  It directs us to contemplate the great mystery of becoming one with Jesus Himself whenever we receive Him. God Himself becomes our nourishment!  It then proceeds to ask Jesus for the grace to save our souls, so that we can join the citizens of Heaven, seeing Him forever in “the light in which Thou dwellest”.

Last night, I heard this lovely hymn in a dream.  I’ve never heard music in my dreams before, and accompanying this heavenly music was the image of my eldest daughter at home silently writing God Provides on a pale, yellow wall…words I needed to see, a reminder for this family that we continue to remain under God’s Providence, that He alone is Provider, Sustainer and Nourisher, as He once again so clearly demonstrated this morning.  Thank you, dearest Angel…you know who you are.  May you be blessed today and always…

And you, my friends…take a few moments to listen to this lovely hymn.  Contemplate the meaning of the words, the reality that our Lord and our God wishes us to give ourselves to Him as freely as He gives Himself to us.