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Monday, July 17, 2006

The Anchoress brings us back to a big Reality

The Anchoress � Adoration and the mist, the veil

A little Catholic focus on my little ole blog. The Anchoress is talking about something beautiful and quite powerful. That is the adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. If you ask me how to turn the Church as well as the world aound, I would have a simple answer. Have your parish Adore Jesus in the Sacrament. Have people spend a time in prayer with our Lord. Just on a parish level, everytime I see this happen ,the whole tenor of a parish changes. Lines at confession for instance where there were no lines before.

Some Liberals( so called Church progressives) call it Pre Vatican II this practice. Balderdash!!! There were a lot of things pre Vatican II, including Jesus. Let me give you something very pre Vatican II, in fact from the 300's:
Do not, then, regard the eucharistic elements as ordinary bread and wine: they are in fact the body and blood of the Lord, as he himself has declared. Whatever your senses may tell you, be strong in faith.
You have been taught and you are firmly convinced that what looks and tastes like bread and wine is not bread and wine but the body and the blood of Christ. You know also how David referred to this long ago when he sang: Bread gives strength to man’s heart and makes his face shine with the oil of gladness. Strengthen your heart, then, by receiving this bread as spiritual bread, and bring joy to the face of your soul.
May purity of conscience remove the veil from the face of your soul so that be contemplating the glory of the Lord, as in a mirror, you may be transformed from glory to glory in Christ Jesus our Lord. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen
.St. Cyril of Jerusalem

The reason I am Catholic today is the reality of the Euchurist. That is that that Bread is Jesus, Our Lord. As the the second reading at mass this past Sunday so nicely put it, Jesus is the the sum of all things and all of Gods plan that has been in the works forever. Right therre feet away from us is thateality when we go to adoraton. I love how Anchoress talks about her experience. When I was living in a city that had 24 hour adoration, my time period was also that late night early hour. It was wonderful. We Catholics and Orthodox forget sometimes the treasure that is available for us. That gift that gives life. In fact it reminds me of another reading from a couple weeks ago at Sunday Mass. People could not believe that Jesus this hometown boy was anything special. What? your kidding that is Joseph's boy give me a break. That reading could be titled miliarity breeds contempt. Well, spend some time with the Lord in our Blessed Sacrament in Prayer and that attitude goes away. If there was a week the World needed some folks going to adoration it is this week. But besides for the World, every Catholic has their life touched by spending a hour with our Lord. As the Anchoress said:I heard a nun once say that an hour of Adoration was like an hour of sitting in the sun; you don’t feel any different, but later you realize you got burned. Perhaps today I am pleasantly singed, a little toasty.


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