FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
February 11, 2014
Pope Francis calls upon us to rediscover “the sense of the sacred” in the Eucharist. As Catholics, the Eucharist is at the center of our spiritual lives. But not only are most Catholics not going regularly to Sunday Mass, but many of those who go do not show any awe and reverence at all.
This cannot be the case with us CFC-FFL. As such, allow me to cite just a few important aspects of showing reverence whenever we participate in the Eucharistic celebration.
First, reverence should be shown from entry in the church to exit. When we enter the church premises, we should no longer be talking indiscriminately, looking at our cell phones, looking around to see who is there, and the like. We are already in the presence of Jesus who is in the tabernacle. Let us maintain a silent and prayerful posture while waiting for the Mass to start. Then we should remain at our places until the priest proceeds to exit, and even as we exit, should reserve our conversation and fellowship for outside the main hall of the church.
Second, though standing is permitted, I recommend that we kneel at the consecration (after the Hosanna) and at the Communion Rite (after the Lamb of God). While respect and reverence can be shown while standing, a better posture is to kneel. In fact, an even better posture is to prostrate ourselves, but that is impractical.
Third, though the communion host is permitted to be received on the hand, let us receive the host on our tongue. By the way, when we go to Mass, then we should also go to communion. Would you go to a banquet and not fully partake of the feast? Thus, if there is serious sin in our life, we should prepare for Mass by going to confession first.
Fourth, let us spend a good amount of time kneeling in prayer after receiving communion. We have just received the greatest gift of all, Jesus himself. Hold on to that moment.
Pope Francis Calls on Faithful to Regain “Sense of the Sacred”
Says Eucharist is Opportunity to Enter Into the Mystery of God
VATICAN CITY, February 10, 2014 (Zenit.org) – In his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis invited the faithful to “enter into the mystery of God” in the Eucharist and rediscover the sense of the sacred.
Reflecting on today’s first reading, which recalled the manifestation of God in the form of a cloud at the temple during the reign of King Solomon, the Holy Father said that while God spoke through his people through the prophets and Scripture, the Lord speaks in a different manner through this theophany. This theophany occurs today through the liturgical celebration, particularly the Eucharist.
“When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation,” he stressed. “It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself. It is to really live once more the Passion and the redeeming Death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord is made present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world.”
“We hear or we say, ‘But, I can’t now, I have to go to Mass, I have to go to hear Mass.’ The Mass is not ‘heard’, it is participated in, and it is a participation in this theophany, in this mystery of the presence of the Lord among us.”
The Pope went on to say that despite the importance of God’s presence in the liturgy, many often spend their time in Mass looking at the clock and “counting [down] the minutes.”
“This is not the attitude the liturgy requires of us: the liturgy is God’s time, God’s space, and we must place ourselves there, in God’s time, in God’s space, and not look at the clock,” he said.
“The liturgy is to really enter into the mystery of God, to allow ourselves to be brought to the mystery and to be in the mystery. For example, I am sure that all of you have come here to enter into the mystery. However, someone might say: ‘Ah, I have to go to Mass at Santa Marta, because on the sight-seeing tour of Rome, each morning there is a chance to visit the Pope at Santa Marta. It’s a tourist stop, right?’ All of you here, we are gathered here to enter into the mystery: this is the liturgy. It is God’s time, it is God’s space, it is the cloud of God that surrounds all of us.”
Concluding his homily, Pope Francis called on the faithful to ask the Lord to give them the “sense of the sacred” in order to distinguish between everyday devotions and the importance of the Eucharist.
“The Eucharistic celebration is something else,” he said. “In the celebration we enter into the mystery of God, into that street that we cannot control. Only He is the unique One, the glory, the power. He is everything. Let us ask for this grace: that the Lord would teach us to enter into the mystery of God.” (J.A.E.)
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