The Last Day of 2006

It is customary in many places to devote the last day of the year to adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Tomorrow, at the Monastery of the Glorious Cross, I will expose the Blessed Sacrament after the 11:00 a.m. Mass and the nuns and their friends will keep watch before the Eucharistic Face of the Lord until Vespers. How I desire to see this practice spread, especially to parish churches! If people only knew the Gift of God and Who it is Who waits for them in the Sacrament of the Altar, our churches would not be big enough to contain them all. Read what Pope Benedict XVI says about Eucharistic adoration:
Eucharistic adoration is an essential way of being with the Lord. . . .
The Church’s true treasure [is]the permanent presence of the Lord in His Sacrament.
In one of his parables the Lord speaks of a treasure hidden in the field;
whoever finds it sells all he has in order to buy that field,
because the hidden treasure is more valuable than anything else.
The hidden treasure, the good greater than any other good, is the Kingdom of God – it is Jesus Himself, the Kingdom in person.
In the Sacred Host, He is present, the true treasure, always waiting for us.
Only by adoring this presence do we learn how to receive Him properly –
we learn the reality of communion,
we learn the Eucharistic celebration from the inside.
Here I would like to quote some fine words of Saint Edith Stein,
Co-Patroness of Europe, who wrote in one of her letters:
“The Lord is present in the tabernacle in His divinity and His humanity.
He is not there for Himself, but for us: for it is His joy to be with us.
He knows that we, being as we are, need to have Him personally near.
As a result, anyone with normal thoughts and feelings
will naturally be drawn to spend time with Him,
whenever possible and as much as possible”
(Gesammelte Werke VII, 136ff.).
Let us love being with the Lord!
There we can speak with him about everything.
We can offer him our petitions, our concerns,
our troubles, our joys,
our gratitude, our disappointments,
our needs and our aspirations.

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