Monday, 14 April 2008

So True...

Great minds, and all that... I was pondering this very thing at Mass this morning.

"You can tell a good priest by how he cares for the fragments."

..."There is just so much to love in the Mass, but there is a special joy for me to watch a priest take the time and care when purifying the sacred vessels. When I watch a couple of priests that I know it seems to me that when they are doing this that it reminds me so much of Michelangelo's Pieta with Mary holding Jesus. There is such evident love and care in performing this seeming mundane action that it all the more brings to me the reality of Jesus being sacramentally present in the Holy Eucharist. The attention to detail to ensure that even the smallest fragment of Our Lord is treated with the reverence and worship our Lord deserves can say more than a dozen homilies on the Eucharist."

Twitch of the mantilla to the great Curt Jester, in one of his more reflective moments!

1 comment:

George said...

When you see the Priest sit down after distributing Holy Communion leaving the purification of the sacred vessels to a couple of women extraordinary ministers who clean the vessels with as much reverence as if they were doing the dishes by the kitchen sink it makes you sad. Something very holy is lost, more erosion of sacredness, more chipping away at the Holy block.

The so-called liturgical 'renewal' must come from Priests who love the TLM which embodies the Catholic spirituality of the centuries and carries it forward into our lives - to feed and enrich our souls, ignite and fuel not just our love but our BURNING love for Jesus.

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