In last week’s article, What is that Blessed Sacrament…what is it? Sr Alma encountered a young boy who sought an answer to this question. Her search continues…
Innocence enraptured his spirit. I was tongue-tied, speechless for a moment, and deep within me I said “it’s impossible for this child to be ignorant on this fact and that he should not remain uninformed.” Outwardly, he looked materially well-off (indeed he was) but he was as poor as a pauper on this aspect. This was a challenge and a mission: a challenge to implore for more and holy labourers of the Gospel, a mission to live ROGATE in our reality.
The premise “what is that Blessed Sacrament” compelled me to delve through some of the writings of the Church:
“The celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the sacrifice of the Mass is truly the origin and end of the worship given to the Eucharist outside the Mass. Furthermore the sacred species (the consecrated hosts) are reserved after Mass principally so that the faithful who cannot be present at Mass, above all the sick and those advanced in age, may be united by sacramental communion to Christ and His Sacrifice which is offered in the Mass. This reservation also permits the practice of adoring this great sacrament and offering it the worship due to God.” (129 Redemptionis Sacramentum)
“It is forbidden to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in a place that is not subject in a secure way to the authority of the diocesan bishop, or where there is danger of profanation.” (131 Redemptionis Sacramentum)
“No one may carry the Most Holy Eucharist to his or her home, or to any other place contrary to the norm of law. It should also be borne on mind that removing or retaining the consecrated species for a sacrilegious purpose or casting them away are graviora delicta, the absolution of which is reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.” (132 Redemptionis Sacramentum)
Father Hannibal Mary Di Francia spent two years preparing for the first coming of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at the hovels of Avignone Quarters in Italy. He not only prepared himself spiritually but most of all the spirit of the people who dwelt in that place. And thereafter, Christ dwelt permanently in their midst thus transforming the “den of thieves” into “a haven of grace, peace, love and unity.”
Sr M Alma Dazo fdz