I recently discovered an article by James Monti in The Wanderer Online Daily. It was entitled Restoring the Sacred…Coram Sanctissimo; An Afternoon With God.
Monti powerfully reminds us of an essential and foundational Truth so many have forgotten e.g. “A Catholic church is unlike any other place on earth, for it is the dwelling place of God on earth.”
The author does this in a number of ways. One is by quoting the reactions of Charles Reding, a fictional character in Blessed John Henry Newman’s novel, Loss and Gain: The Story of a Convert. Sadly, the sense of the Sacred depicted in the following paragraph is no longer common place in many of our Churches today:
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“A priest, or at least an assistant, had mounted for a moment above the altar, and removed a chalice or vessel which stood there; he could not see distinctly. A cloud of incense was rising on high; the people suddenly all bowed low; what could it mean? The truth flashed on him, fearfully yet sweetly; it was the Blessed Sacrament — it was the Lord Incarnate who was on the altar, who had come to visit and to bless His people. It was the Great Presence, which makes a Catholic church different from every other place in the world; which makes it as no other place can be, holy.”
Pray that more of us will respond to the Blessed Sacrament as Reding did when he first came to understand what the Real Presence meant.
I recommend you read Monti's article in its entirety. He will also introduce you to Mother Mary Loyola.