January 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 23
Refueling Regularly in the Refuge of the Blessed Sacrament
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our dear Holy Father celebrated the close of the Jubilee Year on the Feast of the Epiphany, and the beauty of the ceremony, if you were able to see it through EWTN, should be a reminder to all that we are called to carry the graces and blessings of this Jubilee Year into this year and throughout our entire lives. While no one knows the time and moment of their death, there are many who will have returned home to the Lord before the next Jubilee in 25 years. But there are many who will see the next Jubilee Year, and will be able to receive, once again, its extraordinary blessings, graces, and indulgences.
I bring this thought to you as prompted by the Holy Spirit, so that all of us, brothers and sisters in Christ through the wonder of the Mystical Body, may concentrate all the more on our own spirituality, our own call to holiness, to sanctity.
It is so difficult these days to find that sense of awe and wonder that was once at the very heart of Roman Catholicism. Today, with the tabernacle removed from the main altar, and in many churches, placed in a corner far away from sight, the reverence is nearly gone. We bow to a chair, which has replaced Our Lord. We may or may not have a crucifix in our Church, to remind us that the way to holiness cannot be accomplished, unless we, of our own free will, consent to walk the way of the Cross as Christ did, as Christ commanded.
Our own journey home to Heaven must be one of self-sacrifice, and one also of vigilance over our own life, and the care and concern we must have for all of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. If we are not focused on Christ, if He is not the heart of our treasure, then we have failed to fulfill His command in Sacred Scripture to take up our cross and follow Him. The cross we must each bear is different from anyone else's, yet for all there is that spirit of willing obedience, of self-effacement, of awe and wonder and reverence for the Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
My dear brothers and sisters, as we journey together in this new year, in this new millennium, let us keep close to our hearts, and ponder therein, the graces God has given to us, and continues to give, for He calls to us each day, at each moment, to live a holy life, a righteous life, so we, one day, will see Him face to face.
I am in awe of the privilege given to the Shepherds of Bethlehem, and to the Wise Men who came from far lands, to adore and worship God made Man, the Infant Savior. To these few were given the extraordinary grace to see God face to face, though veiled in flesh. What a tremendous privilege for them, and yet, we are no less privileged. We must have that same awe and wonder when we go to Church. We must make the effort to spend time with Our Lord in the Tabernacle, especially when your parish holds Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We must go as humble children, bowing low, prostrating ourselves, if not physically, then within our heart, before Our Lord, for He is no less present to us then He was to the shepherds and Wise Men of His own time on earth.
If we strive for holiness we will hunger for the Most Blessed Sacrament, and even if all around us are talking, gossiping, etc., may we have the courage of heart that the Shepherds and Wise Men had…to go out of our way to behold the Savior of the World, the Christ, the Messiah. May we kneel before Him with a humble and contrite heart, and then in awe, listen to Him, for He will speak to you. He speaks to all of His children every day, at every moment, but we are too busy, too distracted to hear Him.
Let our goal this year be to return all reverence to the Most Blessed Sacrament, to work in our parish to return Adoration, to return the Tabernacle to the center of the Church, as is proper, as our great Holy Father has asked of all bishops. Let us not cave into the mindset of many priests and bishops who refuse to follow the directives of our Holy Father, and take the easy route. No, our route can be no less arduous than any who have followed Christ to sanctity. No one who wishes to see God face to face in Eternal Beatitude will have taken the easy road. To those to whom much has been given, much will be expected. We have been given Our Lord truly Present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. That is All. Are we not then expected to give our all for Him?
The answer is yes, and together, through prayer and sacrifice, through repentance and fasting, we can follow Him Whom we Love and adore, Whom the Shepherds and Wise Men were privileged to adore and worship long before He began His public ministry. Let us enter into the wonder and awe of Him, Who is Lord of Lords, and He will bring us, through His Mercy, into the eternal realm of bliss we cannot imagine.
I hunger for that moment when, by His Mercy alone, I shall be able to see Him face to face. I need your prayers, and I assure you that you have mine. Together, my dear brothers and sisters, let us move forward, in hope, with joy upon our soul, for the goal is in sight…it is right before our eyes at every Mass.
Yes, the Jubilee Year is over, but the graces go on. Let us all open wide the doors of our hearts to Christ. We begin where He resides. We must be nourished by Him in order to sustain us in our mission to others as He asks. If we depend on our humanity in reaching out to others, we will come up short. We need Him and, as the readings from this past Sunday in 1 Corinthians 12: 12-30 indicate, we are all members of the Mystical Body of Christ and He needs us to be His hands and feet, our eyes and ears.
May God bless you abundantly, and may you seek Him whom you truly Love each day in the Blessed Sacrament.
Your very little sister in Christ,
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volume 12, no. 23
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