Wednesday, June 6, 2012

St. Norbert

Today’s saint was born in what is now Germany and after a profound conversion went on to found a monastery in a valley called Premontre. This order is now known as the Premonstratensians or Norbertines and is deeply devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Eucharist. It was in their monastery that the Blessed Sacrament was first reserved in a place in the center of the church’s sanctuary allowing the monks to adore our Lord present there. As we pray that believers may recognize in the Eucharist the living presence of the Lord who accompanies us in daily life, let us reflect on part of Pope Benedict’s General Audience of November 17, 2010.

I would like to affirm with joy that today there is a “Eucharistic springtime” in the Church: How many people pause in silence before the Tabernacle to engage in a loving conversation with Jesus! It is comforting to know that many groups of young people have rediscovered the beauty of praying in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament. …

Venerable John Paul II said in his Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia: “In many places, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also an important daily practice and becomes an inexhaustible source of holiness. The devout participation of the faithful in the Eucharistic procession on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is a grace from the Lord which yearly brings joy to those who take part in it.” …

Dear friends, fidelity to the encounter with the Christ in the Eucharist in Holy Mass on Sunday is essential for the journey of faith, but let us also seek to pay frequent visits to the Lord present in the Tabernacle! In gazing in adoration at the consecrated Host, we discover the gift of God's love, we discover Jesus' Passion and Cross and likewise his Resurrection. It is precisely through our gazing in adoration that the Lord draws us towards him into his mystery in order to transform us as he transforms the bread and the wine.

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