Saturday, May 26, 2007
Reverence. Silence. Wonder. Awe. These elements are often lacking at the Consecration, but if we could actually see what transpires at the altar, what would we do? How would we act?
St Gertrude the Great relates that at the elevation of the Host, she saw Christ with His own hands lifting on high His Heart in the form of a golden chalice, presenting it to His Heavenly Father and offering Himself for His Church in an ineffable manner, that is far beyond the comprehension of the human mind. But we must believe by faith, as we will most likely never be privileged enough to see the Sacred Mysteries unfold as many of the saints did. Imagine the graces that we receive when, by faith and not sight, we truly unite ourselves to the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the reverence and worship of the saints who were actually gifted to witness it.