(Photo from Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. - God’s Excessive Love - Used With Permission)
" "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

Friday, November 30, 2012

Eucharistic Reflection - Not Much Has Changed

Sadly, as noted by Father Croiset in 1863, the lack of appreciation for the gift of Jesus living physically among us is not a recent development:
“There have been newly converted Christians, in the Indies and in Japan, who have traveled more than a hundred leagues every year, to have the consolation of once adoring Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament, of hearing one single Mass; and they thought nothing of the fatigue, of so difficult a journey, that they might have the happiness of spending half an hour with Jesus Christ.
My God! How many will rise up at the day of judgment and will condemn us! We have Jesus Christ in our town; religious persons have Jesus Christ in their own house; and this benefit is esteemed as nothing! And some value it so little, that they only visit Jesus Christ with indifference and even with repugnance, and almost all without devotion.”    
           (From Devotion To The Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)


  1. I think I do not understand the statement, "Religious persons have Jesus Christ in their house."

  2. Rich, this refers to religious communities that have chapels and Mass every day in their convents and monasteries.

    I well remember the 3 hour one way trips we made to the FSSP parish in Tulsa once a month to attend the Sunday Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form). People were astonished that we would do this, yet it is nothing compared to the Nigerians who walk and hour one way through the jungle to attend Mass in their thatched church - no electricity, outdoor latrines, etc. is their way of life. We will be judged for our lack of sacrifice and upside down priorities when it comes to visiting Jesus outside of Mass, and our lack of reverence at Mass. I point the finger at myself first.