Sunday, January 23, 2011

Never cease to wonder at this!

Holy Mass on the battlefield - date unknown

"It is estimated that in every second of the day and night four
elevations of the host take place.  I never cease to wonder at this,
or to rejoice in the knowledge that there is never a second of one's
life in which one cannot lift up one's heart to God in the heart of
Christ lifted up in the host. ...

Think of all the places where Mass is being celebrated at this present moment, ... all the cathedrals and all the churches of the world,
all the tin huts and mud huts and make-shifts that are the best man
can do in many mission fields and in English villages, robbed by the reformation of their little Saxon churches.  In ships out on the deep seas,
on battlefields and camps, in prisons and hospital wards, in the desert
and the jungle, in the great cities of the world, in the cottages of the
faithful peasants in persecuted countries, and under the tall trees
of lonely forests of exile.

Think too how everywhere where Christ is lifted up men are bowed
down in adoration, soldiers, sailors, airmen, fishermen, men of every country, men of every colour, rich men and poor men, free men and prisoners, old men and young men, men of every craft and trade and profession, all adoring God, all in communion with one another, all in communion with the Holy Father, all in communion with you and me.

'And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men to Me'."

From Lift Up Your Hearts,
Caryll Houselander


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