With the greatest crises in our Church’s history in the
, it is encouraging to know that
there is a massive “clean-up” and things of the past will hopefully not be any
longer tolerated. As I have said in past
Blogs I am encouraged by the depth of our new young priests. Many seem to have found their vocation due to
hours spent in Eucharistic adoration. I
would like to spent this month on some reflections of the importance of the
Eucharist in our spiritual lives. USA (see below)
Recently Bishop James D. Conley of
issued a new pastoral letter in which reflects upon the Gospel accounts of the
Last Supper and draws on the writings of Popes ( St.) John
Paul II and Benedict XVI on the Eucharist.
“Eucharistic adoration offers a powerful chance to encounter Christ’s love in silence and humility, and that experience can transform our hearts, both individually and as a Church. Love is selfless sacrifice, and sacrifice is the language of love. Love is the gift of ourselves to our beloved. And Christ made a gift of himself – He gave us His body and blood – poured Himself out for our salvation, when He conquered death by dying and rising again. Christ gave us his body and blood, as an act of love, so that we could know the love of God.”
“In the Eucharist, we are made sharers in Christ’s mission of love,” Bishop Conley continued. “In the Eucharist, we are called to make disciples of all nations, so that all people will know the freedom of life in the love of the Lord.”
This mission must be renewed daily through a deepening of love for God, and the Holy Eucharist is at the heart of this renewal, he said. “The Eucharist is at the center of every good work that the Church undertakes. In the gift of the Eucharist, Jesus has given Himself to us “so that as we follow him, we can be unified to his life, and he can be present, with us, at all times, until the end of the world.”
Bishop Conley praised Eucharistic adoration as “a particularly powerful encounter with the Lord.” The silence of adoration teaches true humility.
“As we kneel before our Creator-God, we are confronted with the power and the mystery of God’s love,. and it is from this silence and humility that we experience a deep communion and friendship with God.”
“Kneeling before Christ in the Eucharist, the hopeless find hope. The weak find strength. Captives find freedom. The afflicted find comfort. The mourning find consolation. The lonely find friendship. Sinners find mercy. Kneeling before Christ in the Eucharist, all of us find love. And love is what we are longing for,” he said. “Before Christ in Eucharist – love made visible – each one of us discovers that the enduring, satisfying, life-giving answer to the questions of our lives is Love: love poured out from Jesus, and love poured out from us into the world, as missionaries of Christ’s salvation.
Bishop Conley said he wrote the pastoral letter “because God has been impressing upon me lately how important our lives of prayer are, and especially prayer in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.”
He said in a statement: “increasing our devotion to Eucharistic adoration could be transformative in our Church – there is just no telling how much God can do.”
Eucharistic devotion is especially important in a time when technology can distract, he said. “Sitting in silence with the Lord is refreshing, life-changing, and heart-changing.”
“The truth is that sitting in silence with the Lord is necessary for a fruitful Catholic life. I want all Catholics to know that we don’t need to be afraid to spend time in silence with Jesus – that He’s waiting to love us and transform our hearts and lives.”
(Hear Bishop Barron’s comments on the scandal in the
.. Very clear and insightful.) USA