Saturday, October 3, 2015

Taking our part... in the great Action...

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies 
never come to an end; they are new every morning...  Lam 3:22-23

"I declare, to me nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass, said as it is among us. I could attend Masses forever and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words, it is a great ACTION - the greatest action that can be on earth.

...So we, all around, ... each in his place, with his own heart, with his own wants, with his own thoughts, with his own intentions, with his own prayers, separate but concordant, watching what is going on, watching its progress, uniting in its consummation; not painfully and hopelessly following a hard form of prayer from beginning to end, but like a concert of musical instruments, each differing but concurring in a sweet harmony, we take our part with God's priest, supporting him, yet guided by him.

There are little children there, and old men, and simple laborers, and students in seminaries, priests preparing for Mass, priests making their thanksgiving; there are innocent maidens, and there are penitent sinners; but out of these many minds rises one Eucharistic hymn, and the great Action is the measure and the scope of it."

Excerpt from Loss and Gain - Bl John Henry Cardinal Newman's first novel

Image:  The Seven Sacraments:  Communion ~ Pietro Antonio Novelli (1729-1804)

Commit to invite someone this month to 
 this... "greatest of action that can be on earth" ...
and savor the moments - together!

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