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By Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P., Catholic Exchange, July 22, 2020

Br. Joseph Martin Hagan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. The following year, he spent trekking around Ireland, serving with N.E.T. Ministries. Then, he returned to Notre Dame’s Echo program and completed an M.A. in theology, while serving in the Diocese of Wilmington, DE. Br. Joseph entered the Order of Preachers in 2012. 


Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P.“Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” The admonition echoes across summer barbeques as overzealous eaters test the structural integrity of paper plates. But recently, this saying echoed for me in an unlikely place.

This summer, I visited a monastery of Dominican Nuns in North Guilford, Connecticut. Like many communities of our nuns, they devote themselves to perpetual adoration. During my visit, I knelt and stared at the Eucharist. I remembered the admonition about desiring too much food, but this time, it went: “your eyes are bigger than your heart.” In the Eucharist is the infinite love of Jesus Christ, a love that attracts my heart. But my heart—even at its best—is finite, let alone when it is constricted by sin.  ….

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