Corpus Christi 2011

No moans, please, about celebrating this great feast on a Sunday instead of the more familiar Thursday (I don’t like it either), but a moment’s pause to consider what it is we are celebrating. The ‘automatic’ answer isn’t wrong, but it may be inadequate. IF we really believe that the Holy Eucharist is what we say it is, our only possible approach is in awed silence, on our knees before a Mystery so profound. Love and reverence go together, as St Paul was wont to remind us. Let today therefore be a day of great joy, great love, great and holy fear, for truly, God is with us.

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2 thoughts on “Corpus Christi 2011”

  1. I found this quote from St. Edith Stein the other day and just had to blog it as it says so much of how this amazing sacrament impacts on our lives, how Christ transforms us into someone spectacular…

    “They perform wonders on the job in families, professions, and in the seclusion of the cloister…There are the mothers who, radiating all warmth and light in the home, raise as many as nine children and impart to them full blessings for their entire lives; and these women are magnanimous as well towards all strangers in need.  There are the minor instructors and officials who support an entire family from their salary and look after domestic affairs before and after the professional work; yet they can also find time and money for different church and charitable functions.  There are the nuns who wrestle for engendered souls in nocturnal prayer, assuming voluntary penances for their sins.  What is the source of their strength?  How to explain all their achievements which one might often declare to be impossible by nature?  How account for that unruffled peace and cheerfulness even in the keenest nervous and emotional stress?

    Only by the power of grace can nature be liberated from its dross, restored to its purity, and made free to receive divine life.  And this divine life itself is the inner driving power from which acts of love come forth.  Whoever wants to preserve this life continually within herself must nourish it constantly from the source whence it flows without end–from the holy sacraments, above all from the sacrament of love.  To have divine love as its inner form, a woman’s life must be a Eucharistic life. Only in daily, confidential relationship with the Lord in the tabernacle can one forget self, become free of all one’s own wishes and pretentions, and have a heart open to all the needs and wants of others.”

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