Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Never cease to wonder at this!

Child at Holy Mass at Kator Catholic Cathedral in South Sudan's capital Juba
 ~ July 10, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

"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. ...

Mass at the Carmelite Monastery, Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines

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.

Holy Mass - Christmas Day, 1942, New Guinea

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

Bishop Lee Piche, Fr Thomas McCabe - Missionaries of Charity home Chapel, San Felix, Venezuela

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