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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Sunday, October 7, 2012



In his blog entry this morning, Father Mark shares a report from an Irish parish where someone broke in and stole the Blessed Sacrament and all the sacred vessels. Father suggested we pray for those who committed this sinful act and to offer the following act of reparation:

Act of Reparation

Beloved Lord Jesus Christ,
hidden in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar;
silent, humble, defenseless,
and motionless in the Sacred Species;
handled by the faithless
and, alas, even by those
who having received the faith,
have fallen into darkness and spiritual perversion;
we offer ourselves to Thee in adoration,
to make reparation
for every sin of irreverence, sacrilege,
blasphemy, and hatred of Thy Divine Person
in the Sacrament of Thy Love.
We further offer ourselves to Thee in adoration,
believing for those who do not believe in Thee,
hoping for those who have lost hope in Thee,
loving for those who do not love Thee.
Avenge this act of sacrilege, we pray Thee,
by a triumph of Thy merciful love
in the hearts of those who have so offended Thee,
and, by sending forth Thy Holy Angels,
restore the Sacred and Adorable Species
into the hands of Thy priests,
and into guardianship of Thy grieving Church.

In a subsequent post today, Father also set forth a Litany of Reparation, one, I suggest that we offer not only for this Irish parish struggling to understand such a disturbing, senseless sinful and sacrilegious act, but for any acts of disrespect and irreverence demonstrated to the Blessed Sacrament that may be occurring in our own parishes and in other parishes throughout the world. You can find that complete Litany here.

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